One of my favorite things to make during the holidays is hard candy. It's something few people bother to make anymore, but that gets rave reviews when I give it as a gift. As a side note, it also makes the house smell wonderful.
This recipe is an old one from my Grandma's Niespodzany's recipe box. I do not know its origin.
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/3 c. cold wter
1/4 t. flavoring oil (must be OIL not extract)
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Cook until it reaches hard crack stage (310 degrees on a candy thermometer). While it is boiling DO NOT STIR. Remove from heat and stir in flavoring and food coloring (if desired).
Pour into prepared pan. As it's hardening, cut a knife or metal-edged spatula to press score marks into the candy. When cool, break into small pieces. Dust with a little powdered sugar if desired.
1. Works best if you make a double batch.
2. Use coordinating food coloring to match the flavor--red for cinnamon, green for peppermint, etc.
3. Store in glass jars or cellophane bags.
4. Flavoring oils can be found in a number of stores during the holidays, or you can order online at LorAnns.
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