The beginning of June means, among other things, the beginning of National Candy Month! To celebrate, I’ll be posting a series of fun (and easy) candy recipes. First up is a family recipe for old-fashioned hard candy.
I’m not sure how long the recipe has been in the family, but growing up I can remember my mom making it every year for Christmas. There were different varieties, one of which was always cinnamon. (And for some reason, in our family the cinnamon flavor was traditionally yellow rather than red!) We would give some of the candy away as gifts, and enjoy the rest ourselves during the holiday season.
For this batch I made five colors/flavors of hard candy:
- Red (cherry flavor)
- Orange (orange flavor)
- Yellow (banana flavor)
- Green (pear flavor)
- Blue (blueberry flavor)
For each flavor, I quartered this recipe (using .5 cup sugar, .25 cup corn syrup, and so on) and each flavor batch resulted in about 2 cups of candy pieces. So, if you were to make one full batch of this recipe in a single flavor, you’d likely end up with about 8 total cups of candy.
This old-fashioned hard candy is fairly fast and easy to make; just a handful of ingredients and the only special equipment needed is a candy thermometer. (I use this one, made by Oneida.) It also ships well and stays fresh for a long time, making it ideal for holiday gift-gifting. And it’s perfect for care packages, too, since it won’t melt or spoil. (Plus it’s already “broken,” so no worries about the candy arriving damaged, either!)
I chose fruit flavors in rainbow colors, but this candy also works quite well with non-fruity flavors such as licorice, cinnamon, chocolate, root beer, or coconut. This was my first time candymaking with these super strength flavor oils from LorAnn Oils, and they were very tasty–I’ll definitely be using them again:
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