Beautiful Stained-Glass Hard Candy

"This was one of the first candy recipes I ever made. These candies are crystal clear and can be used as decorations for a Christmas tree or a window. Cooking and prep times are approximate, and don't include making your own molds if you wish to do that."
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Ready In:
1 batch


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 13 cup light corn syrup
  • 13 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 drops peppermint oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • candy molds (or foil to make your own)


  • To make your own molds from foil: Cut aluminum foil in desired shapes: stars, trees, etc. Grease foil lightly with vegetable oil. Fold up edges to make 1/2" sides. Seal corners with freezer tape to prevent leaks.
  • You can also pour this candy onto a greased cookie sheet to make your own shapes. Score the candy while it's still warm (be careful not to burn your fingers) so you can break it on the score lines. I've even used mint containers as molds.
  • To make the candy: In a 2-quart saucepan combine sugar, syrup, water and vinegar. Cook, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, until it reaches the hard crack stage (300F degrees).
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the flavoring and color. Allow the candy to cool SLIGHTLY. Pour the candy into prepared molds, about 1/8" deep. When firm, remove from the molds.
  • If you wish to hang the finished candy on a string or ribbon: when the candy begins to set (before it hardens) use a skewer to make holes for stringing.
  • If candy becomes too firm to pour and shape it, then remelt it over low heat. Be careful not to boil it.
  • Tips for other color combinations: Use a toothpick to swirl food coloring through the uncolored candy after it's been poured into molds. Make molded candies of one color and dribble with a second color to get a "stained glass" effect. To store candy ornaments, wrap them in plastic wrap and store in a covered container at room temperature in a dry place. Keep them flat to prevent warping.

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  1. I made these for a Stained Glass Tour of area churches. They were a huge success. Thanks for the recipe!
  2. Wonderful recipe with stunning results. I made shards and small discs for decorating my holiday dessert table. With the leftovers, my children decorated their Christmas cakes. So beautiful and yummy too. Thank you for a great recipe!
  3. Great recipe. Easy to follow, clear instructions. This is the first time I made candy and they turned out perfect. I used a green apple flavoring and dyed the batch light green. Once they were poured onto a oiled cookie sheet, I put additional drops of green, red, and blue dye onto the candy and swirled them in with a toothpick. Thanks again


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