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Hard Candy Peppermint Twists

"It's fun to tuck a few of these twists onto a platter of Christmas cookies. The holidays in out home wouldn't be the same without peppermint candies."
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1 h 40 m servings
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Coat two 9-in. square baking pans with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. (Do not use butter or foil to prepare pans.)
  2. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine water and vinegar. Add sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil, about 8 minutes. (If sugar crystals are present, cover saucepan for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes to allow steam to wash crystals down.) Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F (hard-crack stage), about 26 minutes.
  3. Combine peppermint extract and food coloring. Remove syrup from the heat; stir in peppermint mixture until will blended (mixture will bubble up slightly). Keep face away from mixture as odor is strong. Immediately and carefully pour into prepared pans (do not scrape saucepan or tilt pans to spread mixture evenly). Cool for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.
  4. Using a sharp knife, score candy into 1/2-in.-to 3/4-in.-wide pieces, about 3-in. long. Place both pans in a warm oven(150 degrees F or your oven's lowest temperature) for about 5 minutes or until candy is warm enough to cut but cool enough to handle.
  5. Using a heavy-duty kitchen scissors, cut along scored lines, one piece at a time. Immediately wrap each piece around the handle of a wooden spoon; remove candy and place on waxed paper to harden. Continue cutting wrapping until mixture in pan begins to harden. Return pan to oven for at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, remove second pan from oven. Cut and wrap as before until mixture begins to harden. Return to oven and repeat with the first pan. Repeat until all mixture is cut and formed into twists

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This is good candy! This is the first recipe I have tried, it was easy, its just letting it set thats the hard bit! I made it for my brother for Christmas prezzy. I kinda altered the recipe ...

My first attempt at this recipe resulted in a caramelized, stinky, burnt mess. The second time I left the cover off so that I could keep an eye on the candy thermometer. When I poured the candy...

These were harder to make than i thought. I've made them a few times. Each time I either left it to cool for to long and could not twist it or didn't leave it for long enough and burnt myself....

This is the first time I have ever commented on a recipe on here before and my first attempt at making candy too-- these were FANTASTIC! I halved the recipe but used a whole teaspoon of pepperm...

I consider myself pretty skilled in the kitchen, but not a candy maker. These were difficult and did not turn out right for me. I didn't even want to try making them into twists. They stuck t...