Hot spicy candy

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
3¾ cup Granulated Sugar
1½ cup Light Corn Syrup
1 cup Water
\N \N Paste Or Liquid Pure Food Coloring
1 \N Dram * Oil Of Cinnamon, Clove, or Peppermint OR_
\N \N Fruit Flavoring
2 pounds Confectioner's Sugar (see note)

* 1 DRAM = scant teaspoon

1. Place the sugar, syrup and water in a large saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil with candy thermometer attached to side of pan. Heat the mixture to exactly 290 degrees F. (This will take 15 to 20 mins.) Higher, the candy sets to hard; short of 290, it won't set up. Remove from the heat and add the desired coloring. Paste colors are intense; a dab on a toothpick should give a deep color. Becareful with liquid colors; too much may dilute the candy mixture and impede setting.

2. Stir in the oil flavoring. STAND BACK! The mixture steams up and releases strong fumes.

3. Have ready 3 jelly roll pans on which you have placed a ¾ inch thick layer of confectioners' sugar. With a finger, trace a spiral trough in each pan.

4. Carefully pour the liquid into the troughs; the little walls of confectioners' sugar keep it from spreading. When the candy has hardened and is cool enough to touch; a matter of mins., take scissors and snip it into short pieces, or snap off pieces with your fingers. Roll them in sugar. Sealed in containers, the candy last for months.

NOTE: You can reuse the confectioners' sugar. Between candy-making bouts, store the sugar in a self-sealing plastic bag.

Makes about 4 cups.

This recipe comes from Jane Brodhecker and was submitted to the section on the SUSSEX COUNTY FARM & HORSE SHOW of Augusta, N.J. Fair dates: Generally, the 1st week of August, lasting 10 days.

Jane's notes indicate she made this with her kids and they now make it with theirs. Use red coloring for cinnamon, black for anise, and purple for spearmint. She says that flavored oils; cinnamon, anise, wintergreen, etc, can be found in some pharmacies and specialty food shops. She says intense fruit flavors are great. The process sounds complicated but, according to Jane, is very easy. Batches of mixed colors in a nice jar with decorations make wonderful gifts.

Recipe By : The County Fair Cookbook - ISBN 0-7868-6014-6 From: Dan Klepach Date: 03-29-95 (18) (E)Homecooki

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