This year with money being tight, I decided that I was going to make gifts of homemade candy to our family. I decided to do some research, and went to a few of my favorite recipe sites. One of the recipes I came across was for 'Hard Candy'. It was really simple to make, so I would like to share with others.
3 3/4 cups - White Sugar
1 1/2 cups - Light Corn Syrup
1 cup - Water
2 tbsp. - Favorite Flavor Extract
1/2 tsp. - Food Coloring, optional
1/4 cup - Confectioners' Sugar, for dusting
In a medium saucepan, stir together the white sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook, stirring over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil. Without stirring, heat to 300 to 310 degrees F, or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads.
Remove from heat, and stir in flavored extract, and food coloring. Next, pour onto a greased cookie sheet, and dust the top with confectioners' sugar.
Let cool, and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
That's it! The one in the picture is spearmint, but we also did butter rum and strawberry flavor. I ended up packaging them in cellophane bags with curling ribbon and they looked great.
I hope you find this recipe helpful. Drop me a line, and let me know. I'd love to hear from you. One of my goals for 2009 is to add some of my favorite recipes, complete with pictures.... hopefully!Debbie