Cinnamon Hard Candy
My Amish aunt made dozens of these spicy red squares for holiday gatherings when I was a tot. I'd always look for them glowing among the other candies she'd carry in! Nowadays, I stir up her recipe for my family.
16 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + standing
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring
- to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook
- for 3 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium-high heat, without
- stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 310° (hard-crack
- stage). Remove from the heat; stir in oil and food coloring, keeping
- face away from the mixture as the odor with be very strong.
- Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet. Quickly spread into a
- 13-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Using a sharp knife, score into 1-in.
- squares. Re-cut rectangle along scored lines until candy is cut into
- squares. Let stand at room temperature until dry. Separate into
- squares, using a knife if necessary. Yield: 1 pound.
Editor's Note: Cinnamon oil can be found in some pharmacies or at kitchen and cake decorating supply stores.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 126 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 13 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.