In case you get the urge to make this Trinidadian candy, I'm here for you, Man. Just---have a really, uber-strong and enormous spoon handy for stirring and make sure your sweet tooth is in gear. You might want to lift weights, upper body only. And don't use an electric stove. In fact, you might think about never making Toolum and run screaming from the challenge. Unless you have a spinning machine, then you're fine.

A frikkin' s***load of brown sugar, 1/2 c molasses, 5-8 cups coconut, 1/2 tbl ginger, I can't remember what else. I think crushed, dried orange peel, but I didn't go there.

Melt the sugar in an enormous pot, stirring constantly. Add the molasses (use less than above--powerful stuff), stirring constantly. Add coconut and ginger. Stirring. Constantly. Until your arm falls off. Like mine. (see photo below--if the photos don't come through in this post, please excuse and engage your imagination if you've had coffee, sleep, etc.)

Remove from heat before everything boils (in which case you get hardened clumps of brown sugar mixed in there, like I did). Let cool (unless you're impatient, like me--then prepare for burned fingers).

Do not: simply spoon onto wax paper. The result is crumbly flying saucers. It's discouraging to find this out after spooning two dozen and then having to start over.

Do: get in the pot with your hands, squeeze the mixture and form it into balls.

Then: shove into the refrigerator for 24 hours and start scrubbing that pot--or, ifyou're like me, let the sucker soak overnight---at least.

Take the thousands of balls to a party, set them out and ignore. They will all still be there when you are ready to leave. Assure your hostess she should keep every piece of Toolum, really, then ignore her amused laugh as you depart with your hyper toddler.

That's it! Have a great time. Don't get me wrong--I want to love Toolum--I just can't love my own--although I did eat about a half dozen--but I won't be able to romance molasses for a long time to come.
PS. Don't expect your husband or other loved ones to EVEN try it. (see photo)

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Comment by PB Rippey on February 25, 2009 at 11:31pm
Well, as of now the pictures did not come through and I'm too tired to do anything about it. Anyway, Toolum can be delicious--but seriously, invest in a spinning machine. Ow.



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