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Cinnamon Stir Sticks

 Cinnamon Stir Sticks
Our home economists use cinnamon sticks as holders for cute little lollipops that can be enjoyed alone or stirred into cider.
30 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon oil
  • 30 cinnamon sticks (5 inches)

Directions

  • Using a pencil, draw ten 2-in. ovals on three sheets of parchment
  • paper. Place paper, pencil mark side down, on baking sheets; chill
  • until ready to use.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and
  • cream of tartar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is
  • dissolved. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy
  • thermometer reads 325° or mixture is a golden amber color.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in oil (keep face away from mixture as oil
  • is very strong). Immediately ladle mixture over ovals; press a
  • cinnamon stick into each. Cool completely. Store in an airtight
  • container for up to 1 month. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 lollipop equals 60 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 0 protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.