Ascorbic acid is just Vitamin C. I bought a powdered form of Vitamin C from a vitamin store, but it is also possible to pulverize a Vitamin C tablet. Ascorbic acid is a well know substitute for bromates in flour. The big national chains like Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Domino's and Little Caesars all use ascorbic acid. In fact, I was specifically told by a technical person at Papa John's that they use ascorbic acid in lieu of bromates. However, having conducted several experiments using ascorbic acid, I do not consider it to be equivalent to potassium bromate. Maybe I didn't use enough of it (recommendations are typically in parts per million), so I can't say what would happen if I used a lot more. However, the chemical mechanism of ascorbic acid is not the same as potassium bromate.
Thank you for your information. I really don't want to use bromates if it can put my customers at risk. I will try the King Arthur Sir Lancelot and see how it performs. If things don't go well, I will try adding the acorbic acid.
Thank you for the link http://www.bacchus-barleycorn.com/catalog/acids-c-1.html
. When I looked at the link it reminded me of the candy I used to make in my candying making days. We used to make the old-fashioned clear toy candy with out any flavorings, but if our customers wanted flavorings we used citric acid for fruit flavors like orange, lemon, lime, and malic acid for butterscotch, root beer and other. The clear toy candy was a Pa. tradition starting back in around 1900. Most of the original moulds were produced by Mills Brothers in Phila. The original moulds are hard to come by now, but you can buy plastic moulds or duplicates. The candy was easy to make and it was a Christmas tradition. Years ago, children used to set their plates for Christmas morning. All they used to get was clear toy candy, some fruit and maybe nuts. My mother still remembers only getting this. Can you imagine children now only getting this for Christmas?
I still have many moulds and think I will make some for Christmas. It is really easy and all you need are the moulds, corn syrup, sugar and water. At least it's a candy with no additives.
You don't really need any moulds, you can just put olive oil on a jelly roll pan and pour the candy in the pan and break it up and then eat it.
I know this is off-topic, but the citric acid just reminded me of the candy.
Here are a few pictures of what the clear toys looked like. You can make small pieces, big pieces, and lollipops.