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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Homemade Christmas: Hard Rock Candy

In addition to all the nuts and drink mixes we also made 3 flavors of Hard Rock Candy. This was gifted to me a few years ago and I've been chicken to try it myself. BUT, there is always strength in we attempted it!

I found the flavoring oil at Michael's, it was $5.99 for 4 flavors. We had food coloring already, so we used it, but it's not necessary as seen here. Also, you could do this without flavor as well, it would just taste like sugar.

We made red: cinnamon, blue: peppermint, green: creme de menthe

Tips: Use a candy thermometer, BE PATIENT, start on Med heat, be aware if you don't use a big enough pot it will splash when you add in the oil and you will be cleaning up spots for weeks. Also, use a shaker to sprinkle the powdered sugar. It looks nicer when evenly spread. Finally, the flavor it potent, so don't look over the pot while you pour.

Packaging, these would be great in a tin. We divided them by flavor into zip lock bags and I ended up just leaving them in the bags to add to my baskets.

2 c. sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
1 c. water
1 tsp. oil (not flavoring)
Food coloring
Powdered sugar

Sprinkle cookie sheet with powdered sugar or spread a large piece of heavy aluminum foil and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Mix together sugar, syrup and water. Cook and stir occasionally until candy thermometer reaches hard crack stage. Remove from heat. Add food coloring and oil. Stir and pour on powdered cookie sheet. Cool. Break in pieces.

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