Cinnamon Hard Candy Recipe
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Cinnamon Hard Candy Recipe

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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 126 calories, trace fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (29g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Cinnamon Hard Candy in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p37

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014 Edited Nov. 22, 2015

"You can get the cinnamon oil at walmart in the greeting card section. Also at any craft store, Hobby Lobby or Michaels or whatever you can get to. This recipe was delicious and easy and the kids were amazed that Mom actually made homemade candy. I didn't let them know how easy it was. I also made watermelon and root beer flavors, they were good but not as good as the cinnamon. Still everyone's favorite."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"This is my "go to" recipe every Christmas! I highly discourage using extract (it contains alcohol and very little flavor, making for an inferior end product) as some mentioned, finding the oil is worth the wait. Most pharmacies (some keep it in stock, just call around) and whole food stores can order cinnamon oil and have it in a day or two. LOVE THIS RECIPE!!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"I used extract instead of oil because I could not find it in my store. Thought I'd give the extract a try anyway. There is a very little hint of cinnamon. My advise is to double or triple the amount of extract if that is what you are using. Wish I could of found the oil, but thanks to Christmas being a week away I was unable to today. Maybe in a few days."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"This will be my first time making hard candy my girl friend use to make it every christmas !, thought I would give it a try wish me luck"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"I have made this candy every year for the last 2 years, it is a good recipe , I always bring it to the hard crack stage on my candy thermometer , it always comes out right, I love it..."

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