Nana's Homemade Hard Candy

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3 3/4 c sugar
1 1/4 c light karo syrup
1 c water
1 teaspoon oil flavoring or 1 tablespoon extract flavoring
food coloring
powdered sugar

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Deneece Gursky Recipe
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Miami, FL (pop. 399,457)
Member Since Mar 2011
Deneece's notes for this recipe:
Nana taught me how to make this candy many years ago. We would make so many flavors and her candy dishes were always filled with them. I decided to make them with my son and fill our candy dishes like nana did. We made many flavors, the possibilities are endless, rootbeer, peppermint, wintergreen,cinnamon, spearmint, anise,lime,strawberry, orange, you name it you can make it. I match the color food coloring i use to the flavor of the candy. When you make several flavors the candy bowls are just bursting with color, much like a stained glass window. And the candy is bursting with flavor. So easy and fun to make and a great way to fill up those candy bowls like they did in the good ole days.
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Sprinkle cookie sheet with powdered sugar and set aside
Combine sugar syrup and water in a saucepan and continuously stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Continue to cook without stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees. (Between 34 and 45 minutes)
Remove from heat and add food color and oil or extract. (if using oils do NOT inhale over the pot while adding the oil. it is very strong and can take your breathe away)
Pour mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and allow to cool completely. Once completely cooled lay a clean towel over top of sheet and break candy into pieces by taping with a hammer. Sprinkle candy again with powdered sugar
If you are making several flavors and colors like we did, after all the flavors are broken into pieces mix them together and put into candy dishes or bowls for a tasty beautiful stained glass effect.
These make beautiful favors for parties and showers.

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user Carol Junkins CarolAJ - Jul 19, 2011
Wow how pretty ! You have the best recipe ideas ! Thank you Nana !
user Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo - Jul 19, 2011
Nana was amazing carol : ) we have been making these for weeks and finally finished our last batch today so we mixed em up and i took the pic now they are filling up all my candy dishes just like nanas were
user deb baldwin messinthekitchen - Jul 20, 2011
These look like a save for me!!
user Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo - Jul 20, 2011
my family all has their fav flavors deb, i love rootbeer, my son strawberry, daughter loves wintergreen, step dad peppermint, mom vanilla, and we also made watermelon, lemon, spearmint, anise, strawberry. they are so pretty when all the colors are mixed together in a glass bowl. looks like stained glass. really nice for favors too

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