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How to Make Old Fashioned Hard Candy

October 19th, 2012 Cooking

Have you ever thought about making your own candy? It may seem like a difficult prospect, but doing so is actually relatively simple. If you've never done it before, you only need a few basic ingredients that you may already have lying around the house. Once you've gathered them, the process shouldn't take too long. Note that making hard candy requires a fair amount of attention - if you're not able to tend to your ingredients at all times, you may not end up with very good results.

The following recipe is for basic hard candy. Once you've mastered this, you can move on to more involved recipes like barley sugar or fruit drops. Note that you will definitely want to get your hands on a reliable thermometer - making candy requires precise temperature control. In other words, you don't want to try winging it the first few times!

Ingredients
2 cups sugar
2/3 cups light corn syrup
3/4 cups hot water
Food coloring (about 20 drops)

Start by mixing all of your ingredients together in a pan until the color is uniform. Insert your thermometer, ensuring it doesn't touch the bottom of the pan. Turn the burner to high and begin heating everything up. The water should start to boil pretty quickly, but don't panic! Eventually it will all steam away, making your thermometer much easier to read.

Let the sugar boil to exactly 300 degrees, then immediately remove it from the heat and pour it into a large measuring cup. Pour the molten sugar onto a greased cookie sheet and allow everything to cool, spreading the mixture around before it cools too much.

After about half an hour, slice up the candy and form it into small balls. You can either enjoy these as they are or dust them with powdered sugar for a bit of added texture and flavor.