Sunday, December 28, 2008

How to Make Hard Candy


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.

Ingredients:

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.

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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



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