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Cinnamon Rock Candy

 Cinnamon Rock Candy
"My mother made this hard cinnamon candy many times for us as kids," says Marganne Winter Oxley of Klamath Falls, Oregon. "Now I fix it for my own family and to give as gifts at Christmas."
32 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 3-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red liquid food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon oil
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with foil; butter the foil and set
  • aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine water, sugar, corn syrup
  • and food coloring. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring
  • occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes to dissolve sugar
  • crystals.
  • Uncover; cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy
  • thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage), about 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in cinnamon oil (keep face away from
  • mixture as oil is very strong). Immediately pour onto prepared pan.
  • Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
  • Break the candy into pieces using the edge of a metal mallet.
  • Sprinkle both sides of candy with confectioners' sugar. Store in
  • airtight container. Yield: about 2 pounds.
Editor's Note: Cinnamon oil can be found in some pharmacies or at kitchen and cake decorating supply stores.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 ounce) equals 132 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 0 protein.