hard candy

Categories
Candy
Yield
1 servings
MeasureIngredient
2 cups Cane sugar
⅔ cup Light Karo
¾ cup Water
1 teaspoon Oil flavor* & color
1 teaspoon Or more citric acid**

STIR TOGETHER BEFORE HEATING

Have color/flavor/citric acid ready when finished cooking! *More or less, some flavors are stronger than others. **Put citric acid in fruit-flavored candies for tartness. TEST YOUR THERMOMETER EVERY DAY! To test: Place it in cold water & bring to boil. If water boils at- say 210 instead of 212, reduce cooking time 2 degrees. ***I use a TAYLOR thermometer. Wilton sells them now. Spray *PAM in molds & on surface. Not too much & only once per session. USE A THIN PAN, NOT HEAVY! Candy must set a few minutes in the pan & the temp will rise, burning the candy in a thick pan. Bring mixture to boil. Put lid on for 3 minutes <to wash down sugar crystals>, add thermometer & DON'T STIR. When therm. reaches 285-290D. remove pot from stove.Wait for temp. to lower below 260^ before adding color/flavor/citric acid.

<Will cook flavor out if too hot.> Cover pan after adding citric acid so it won't fade the taste. I add about 2 ts citric acid.

DON'T STIR! Use the tiny viles of Lorann oils. Avail. in cake supply shop or drug store.

I pour the cooked candy into a GUTTMAN candy funnel <holds entire recipe.> Thats the quickest way to get it in molds befor it cools & hardens. *Of course, spray funnel! I pour some into molds & the rest onto my marble slab. The part on the slab: I roll it into a long cylinder & cut into "pillows" w/scissors. Dust finished candies with powdered sugar so they won't "melt" together. There is one very nice sucker mold. It is a white ring w/ a slit for the stick. <Don't spray stick.> All you do is spray mold, add stick, fill w/candy, cool & remove easily Comes in 2-3 sizes, round or heart-shaped. I beleive it is Guttman Brand & available here at Sugarcraft. About 2 dz in a pack. This is my kids favorite Christmas candy. You will want to make several flavors. Experiment on how-much flavor. All vary. *Don't add too much on the mints. Takes more on the cherry/strawberry/lemon/orange, etc. There are at least 50 oil flavors available to choose from! Shared by Dolores McCann, Hamilton OH

Dolores McCann, Prodigy Food & Wine Board

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