Rating: 4.79 stars
42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Home made hard candy is a great gift idea! Use different colors and flavorings to match the season.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Generously coat a cookie sheet with confectioners' sugar, and set aside.

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  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan, stir together the white sugar, water and corn syrup until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high and cook to a temperature of 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads. Remove from heat, and stir in the flavored oil and food coloring.

  • Immediately pour the sugar mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet in a thin stream (this helps it cool). When the candy is cool enough for the outer edge to hold its shape, cut into bite size pieces with scissors. Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

150 calories; carbohydrates 39.2g; sodium 8.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (35)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
I have been making this for 4o years. I butter foil broiler pans and pour the candy in it, The ridges in pan make strips that can be picked up and cut into small pieces. I always had candy stuck on cookie sheets. this methods works every time. we use this recipes to make candy for our church christmas fair. It sells out every time! Geri Berry Read More
(94)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/29/2020
Recipe is great. The chef however (me) needs more practice. Will def make until result is brag worthy lol. Read More
42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
I have been making this for 4o years. I butter foil broiler pans and pour the candy in it, The ridges in pan make strips that can be picked up and cut into small pieces. I always had candy stuck on cookie sheets. this methods works every time. we use this recipes to make candy for our church christmas fair. It sells out every time! Geri Berry Read More
(94)
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2004
great candy! found I needed more than 1 teaspoon of flavored oil. Read More
(56)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2008
Great recipe thank you!I just made a bunch for Christmas baskets!I made several batches and made a stop at a bakery supply store to get some crazy flavor oils marshmallow pina colada anise watermelon banana and black raspberry....Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
My favorite as a kid! BUT BE CAREFUL WHEN MAKING CINNAMON! I remember going to school with blisters all over my face in 7th grade after basking in the steam of a batch of cinnamon flavored candy. The oil is quite strong. Clove is another old fashioned flavor that is excellent but again be careful of the steam. Sassafras anise wintergreen..... excuse me I need to go make a batch right now!!! Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2008
This is the best hard candy recipe I have found.Plus I love that you show a picture of the finshed product. I think every recipe should have a picture. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2011
This was a super simple easy recipe. My first time making hard candy and it worked! I made mine into cherry suckers using LorAnn's Gourmet Cherry flavoring oil. I poured candy into Wilton candy moulds. Read More
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
I did recipe as stated except using breaking once cool method instead of cutting method very pretty and tasty. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2008
THIS IS THE ONE RECIPE ANYONE WITH KIDS NEEDS TO HAVE HANDY WHEN THE KIDS NEED SOMETHING TO DO ( WITH PARENTS OF COURSE). MOM AND i USED TO MAKE THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND LOVED IT AS DID ALL THE NEIGHBOR AND SCHOOL KIDS!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
this was my first attempt at making candy and i have to say it came out perfect! my daughter loves cinnamon candy so we did that flavor and she can't get enough... Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
02/29/2020
Recipe is great. The chef however (me) needs more practice. Will def make until result is brag worthy lol. Read More