Old-fashioned Hard Candy
published by Angelgirlpj on Dec 16, 2010
Whether you call it hard tack candy, broken glass candy or old-fashioned hard candy, a recipe handed down from generation to generation is worth sharing with others.
Making homemade old-fashioned hard candy for an after dinner snack or Christmas gifts for family and friends, can be time consuming but worth every minute. Whether you call it hard tack candy, broken glass candy or old-fashioned hard candy, a recipe handed down from generation to generation is worth sharing with others.
- 3 ¾-Cups white granulated sugar
- 1 ¼-Cups light corn syrup
- 1-Cup water
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil
- Cookie sheet or cake pan
- Confection (powdered) sugar
- Food color, to desired color
- 1 Tsp flavoring oil of choice *Examples: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Anise, Spearmint*
- Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat to dissolve the sugar.
- Prepare your heavy-duty foil by laying it on a cookie sheet or cake pan. Liberally coat it with confection sugar.
- Boil the sugar mixture, without stirring, until it reaches 300-310 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you do not have a candy thermometer, drip a drop in cold water to see if it gets hard and brittle.
- Turn the burner off. However, before taking off the heat add the food color to the center of the sugar mixture. The bubbles will help distribute the color a little easier.
- Remove from the heat and add flavor, of choice, and stir. Being extremely careful, pour hot mixture onto your prepared aluminum foil and dust lightly with confection sugar. Let it completely cool and break into bite-sized pieces.