Nana's Homemade Hard Candy

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Deneece Gursky

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@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.

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Ingredients

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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

How to Make Nana's Homemade Hard Candy

Step-by-Step

  • 1Sprinkle cookie sheet with powdered sugar and set aside
  • 2Combine sugar syrup and water in a saucepan and continuously stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • 3Continue to cook without stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees. (Between 34 and 45 minutes)
  • 4Remove 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)
  • 5Pour 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
  • 6If 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.
  • 7These make beautiful favors for parties and showers.

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