Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Easy to make Christmas candy.
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 cup Karo syrup
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon oil or 2 teaspoons oil peppermint extract
- red food coloring or green food coloring
- powdered sugar
- Mix first 3 ingredients and boil to hard cracker stage, 300ºF.
- Add oil of cinnamon or peppermint and food coloring.
- Pour into foiled lined cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over the candy while its still warm.
- Break candy in small pieces when it is cool enough to handle.
I requested this recipe when I couldn't find my own. It was just what I needed. So simple and so good. Looks great in a small canning jar to be given as a gift. I used flavor oils: lemonade, licorice, and cran-raspberry.
Just some tips for making hard candy: Omit corn syrup, can make mixture too hot, causes sugar to scorch. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to every cup of sugar you throw in the pot, this prevents re-crystalization of sugar. Add 2 tablespoons of corn starch. This can help to make the candy less sticky in areas where you deal with high humidity. Add food coloring at 260. Take mixture off heat at 300, let boiling action cease, add flavoring. Stir it in, put a lid on it for a few minutes. Pour candy onto a silicon mat. I place mine inside a cookie sheet. Let this cool off a bit, maybe 10-15 minutes. Once candy has cooled, take cookie sheet and pour off excess oil into sink. You can then pick up and stretch it, then form it into neat shapes, Candy canes too! After a few tugs, you'll get a nice opaque shiny color. Be careful about this, although candy is cool to touch on surface, it is still very hot underneath. Slip on a few disposable gloves to avoid blisters.
This is great candy and very easy. Watch out if using cinnamon oil or other equally aromatic oil - the vapor can be irritating to eyes, etc. when you first put it in (this could be a duh, but I'm a novice!). Thanks for a keeper.