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I was introduced to Christmas Hard Candy when I married my husband. It is a Christmas staple in his family. It’s also so easy to make, and even more fun to eat! 😉
I made Cinnamon version. But, you can also make a peppermint version (tinted green) which is equally as good! It’s fun to make both and have both red and green candy to give to neighbors.
You will need cinnamon oil or peppermint oil. These are not usually found at a grocery store. I buy mine at a craft store in the cake decorating section. I also found them for you on Amazon. Do not use cinnamon or peppermint extract, it won’t turn out as good! (I promise, I tried!)
Christmas Hard Candy Recipe
3 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 tsp red (for cinnamon) or green (for peppermint) food coloring
In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook on medium to high heat until candy thermometer reads 300 degrees (hard crack stage), stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in oil and food coloring, keeping face away from mixture as odor is very strong. Immediately pour onto an oiled cookie sheet. Cool and break into pieces. Store in air tight container.
Let me know if you try it and like it! It puts a big smile on my husbands face every year!
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