Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is simple and a lot of fun to make. Make sure the color matches the flavor, or mix and match, to make people guess the flavor! :-)
- In a medium-size heavy saucepan combine sugar, water, light corn syrup and salt, and Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Cover pan and bring to a rolling boil.
- Remove lid and insert a candy thermomater and cook until temperature reaches 250 degrees F.
- Add food coloring, stirring with metal spoon until thoroughly mixed.
- Continue cooking until the temperature reaches hard crack, or 300 degrees F.
- Remove pan from heat and let it cool about 3 minutes, then add flavoring oil, and mix it very well.
- Cover the pan and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
- Pour the candy into greased molds (for lollypops) or a marble slab or into a greased shallow pan.
- As soon as it is cool enough to handle, cut into squares with scissors or roll into balls or shapes.
- Or, another option is to let the candy cool completely, then break the candy into bite-sized pieces with a cleaned hammer or the blunt end of a butter knife.
Kids and I made this yesterday. Problem I ran into was that I didn't grease the area I poured the candy onto!!! I had to soak the pan in hot water for several hours to get the batch out of it!! Next batch turned out great. I made aluminum foil trays and sprayed them with cooking spray lightly. peeled right off!!
I followed the directions on my first batch and ended up with a lot of candy stuck in the pot still. The second batch I didn't let sit. I poured the candy straight into a cookie sheet and it worked much better. Candy has great flavor :)
My friends and I made 6 batches. Instead of pouring onto something greased I put powdered sugar on a baking sheet. You just make long lines in the sugar and pour in the candy. Once it has started to harden enough to handle you can cut it with kitchen scissors. It also helps with the candies not sticking together.