Nana's Homemade Hard Candy

Deneece Gursky Recipe

By Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo


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.


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

Directions Step-By-Step

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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Dec 19, 2014 - Lisa G. Sweet Pantry Gal shared this recipe with discussion group: Holiday & Party Treats
Millie Johnson BISCUITMAKR
Dec 19, 2013
These are so pretty ! Pinching them for sure ! I can't do much now (had surgery) but will keep this recipe in mind for Valentines or Easter. Thank you for posting your Nana's recipe !!! :)
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
Dec 19, 2013
WOW, pretty candy......thanks for sharing you Nana's recipeā™„
stacy moran southernbelle71
Dec 17, 2013
This was so easy and yummy! I made the flavors and colors of Christmas and put them in mason jars for gifts, (that one person or two you can forget to buy for or that one that unexpectedly got you a gift!:) and ones I just wanted to give something more to!