Homemade Rock Candy


Try this rock candy recipe for spicy, cinnamon-flavored hard candy. Wrap pieces in decorative bags for stocking stuffers. Store in an airtight container.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs
3 pounds


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 3 ¾ cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups light corn syrup

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon oil

  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring


  1. Roll the edges of two 16-inch squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil to form a rim around the outside. Generously sprinkle confectioners' sugar onto each square.

  2. Heat sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture is boiling, about 5 minutes. Stop stirring and boil until a candy thermometer reads 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), about 25 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in cinnamon oil and food coloring. Pour hot mixture onto the prepared foil and allow to cool and harden, about 45 minutes. Crack cooled candy into pieces.


You can use any flavored oil (lemon, orange, anise, etc.) instead of cinnamon. Look for flavored oils in candy-making supply stores and drug stores.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of confectioners' sugar. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

100 Calories
26g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 100
% Daily Value *
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 21g
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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