1place the hard peperment candy in a food prosser and crush, and set aside.
2combine sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt into a sauce pan, heat stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
3whip down sugar crystols from side of pan as necessary with a pastry brush dipped in water.
4without stirring, boil syrup mixture until it reaches 265 degrees on a candy thermomether ( hard ball stage )
5gradually beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, then gradually beat hot syurp into egg whites, add vanilla , tent with food coloring if desired. continue beating until candy hold it's shape and add crushed peperments.
6drop by tablespoon onto wax paper , when firm store in air thght container.
7NOTE: for white didinity do not add food coloring. in place of peperment candy , you can add chopped muts, or candy cherries.
8TIP: have everything ready before you start as once the candy reaches 260 on the candy thermometer it will immediatley begine to harden.