Cinnamon Candy Recipe
Years ago I went home with my now husband for Christmas. It’s always interesting to me how different families celebrate each holiday. On this visit all those years ago I was introduced to many new traditions (they open all of their presents Christmas Eve, was, ALL the presents. Anyone else do this???) and lots of new foods! I fell in love with this Cinnamon Candy that my mother in law made.
As a result I asked her to teach me how to make it the same weekend and I have been making this recipe every year since! Also, it takes less than 30 minutes and we were all done with this sweet cinnamon candy. This recipe is now a tradition in our own home and we look forward to making it every year.
Fortunately, this Christmas candy can be made using peppermint oil, with green food coloring or cinnamon oil, with red food coloring. I prefer the cinnamon and that is what I make each year, but my husbands mom usually makes both kinds for a pretty red and green treat.
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How to Make Your Own Cinnamon Candy
Another idea for this cinnamon candy is to give it as a fun treat to give to neighbors or friends. They will love it!
You will need to buy either 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, just click the links above! 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
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon or peppermint oil
- 1 tsp either red (for cinnamon) or green (for peppermint) food coloring 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!