Easy Homemade Hard Candy Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • Food Coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon Flavoring Oil See note

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the first three ingredients in a small saucepan and stir to combine.
  2. Turn on the heat to medium high and bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Boil approximately 10 minutes until mixture thickens and reaches the hard crack phase (310 degrees on a candy thermometer).
  4. Remove from heat and wait for boiling action to calm down, about a minute.
  5. Pour in food coloring and flavoring oil and whisk quickly to combine, keeping your face away from the steam. Whisk well.
  6. Working quickly, pour the mixture into molds or out on a sheet of aluminum foil that has been dusted with powdered sugar. Sprinkle more powdered sugar on top of the candy.
  7. When candy cools slightly, use a large knife to score it into small bite size pieces. When it cools completely, break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

TIPS

Different flavors of oil vary in strength. I use Lorann Oils. The cinnamon flavor is one of the stronger ones. For a hot cinnamon hard candy, I use half a teaspoon. For a medium cinnamon candy, I use about 3/8 of a teaspoon (1/4 teaspoon will give a very mild candy). Peppermint oil is also quite strong; we prefer 3/8 teaspoon for a batch this size. Wintergreen oil is not as strong, so a little over 1/2 a teaspoon is just about perfect. For most flavors half a teaspoon of flavoring will be about right; just remember that Cinnamon and Peppermint are extra strong.

The number of candies you end up with will depend on how big you cut them. This is a fairly small batch – you’ll end up with about a cup and a quarter of candy once it’s broken into pieces. You can double this batch if you’d like.

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