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Hard Candy

on December 15, 2014

The recipe for today is one that comes from my other grandma. I remember that she got this recipe in the 1970’s when her brother and his wife were visiting for Christmas one year. I thought this Hard Candy was the coolest thing ever! I have given this treat out as gifts to countless people over the years and it’s still a favorite with my family. We have made several different flavors and colors, and the possibilities are endless. It’s a pretty simple recipe, but each step takes some time. If you’re not familiar with candy making, I’d leave yourself plenty of time (maybe an afternoon) to try this.

Hard Candy

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You can see how well used this recipe card is!!!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Hard Candy

Before you start:

Press about a half of a bag of powdered sugar into the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan or jelly roll pan and smooth it out.

Boil to about 300 degrees:

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

3/4 cup white corn syrup

Remove from heat and add:

1/2 teaspoon flavoring oil (not extracts)

Food coloring

Pour hot syrup onto powdered sugar in pan.

When cool enough to handle, cut into strips and then pieces with a scissors.


Make sure you have a good candy thermometer. Keep an eye on the syrup – it seems to take forever but then all of a sudden the temp will rise. If it gets above 300, it can burn and turn brown and that is not tasty. I know from experience.


This is what the hot syrup looks like when the oil and food coloring is mixed in. Then pour it into the powdered sugared pan. This green batch is clove flavored.


BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!! I sometimes try to lift the slab of candy with the tip of the clean scissors and see if it’s cool enough to handle. If it’s too runny, it’s not ready. If you lift it and it wrinkles a bit, you might be able to handle it. If it gets too cool and too hard to cut, just wait and break it into pieces when it’s totally cool.


If there’s not room to cut pieces without it sticking together, cut them and put them onto a plate to cool while you cut the rest. Sometimes it can get a bit crowded in that pan!


This red batch is cinnamon flavored. You can make so many different flavors and colors – go nuts.


You can keep the colors separated or mix them all up together. This is a Christmas-y batch!


It’s a bit of work, but so worth it.


I put the candy in jars or bags for gift giving – decorate to your heart’s content.


This candy is such a delicious and unusual gift! Don’t forget to keep some for yourself!






One response to “Hard Candy

  1. […] liked candy and Grandma made him several kinds to choose from every year. She made Nut Brittle, Hard Candy, Chocolate Bon-Bons, and Fudge. Gramp would also bring home candy from work at Christmas time that […]

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