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Cinnamon Hard Candy

 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.
Nutritional 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.