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Christmas Candy

User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)


This flavored hard candy makes wonderful homemade Christmas gifts for friends and guests.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon flavoring oil
  • food coloring
  • confectioners' sugar


Have all ingredients and tools ready and near the stove. Lightly spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a 2-quart saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Insert candy thermometer, making sure it does not touch the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring, washing down any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Remove from heat as soon as the mixture reaches 300° F., or until drops of syrup form hard, brittle threads in cold water. After boiling has stopped, add several drops of food color and the flavoring. Stir to combine. Be careful of rising steam when adding the flavoring.

Pour syrup onto the lightly greased cookie sheet.* As the sugar mixture begins to set up, you may want to score with a large knife to mark squares. Do not refrigerate. Cool completely. Lightly dust with powdered sugar on both sides, brushing off excess. Break into small pieces then toss with more powdered sugar. Store in airtight containers between waxed paper.

*An alternative is to pour the hot candy onto a heat-resistant surface covered with sifted powdered sugar. When the candy is slightly cooled, it can be cut with generously oiled scissors into small squares.


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 5 out of 5
Hard Christmas Candy, Member celticmom2

My mother used to make this every year and package and give as gifts. It is easy and so good! It's a Christmas tradition in our house.

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