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Hard Candy

Every evening for a week in December, my husband and I mix up several batches of this soothing candy. When we finish, we have all our favorite flavors and a rainbow of colors. The pieces look lovely in a clear candy dish or jar.
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Christmas Hard Candy

Christmas Hard Candy

Christmas Hard Candy

When you make a batch of this beautiful jewel-toned candy, your whole house fills with wonderful scents of mint or cinnamon. My mom always makes this candy, and people request it every year. She puts it in clear jars with a holiday calico fabric on the lid. Now I've started making it, too. -Jane Holman, Moultrie, Georgia

Hard Candy

Hard Candy

Hard Candy

Every evening for a week in December, my husband and I mix up several batches of this soothing candy. When we finish, we have all our favorite flavors and a rainbow of colors. The pieces look lovely in a clear candy dish or jar.

Butterscotch Hard Candy

Butterscotch Hard Candy

Butterscotch Hard Candy

I love making this classic butterscotch recipe. We think these irresistible bites are better than the store-bought variety... and they sure don't last long! —Darlene Smithers, Elkhart, Indiana

Hard Candy Peppermint Twists

Hard Candy Peppermint Twists

Hard Candy Peppermint Twists

It's fun to tuck a few of these twists onto a platter of Christmas cookies. The holidays in out home wouldn't be the same without peppermint candies.

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

A dusting of confectioner's sugar gives a frosty look to this old-fashioned holiday candy from field editor Amy Short of Lesage, West Virginia. "The color is beautiful and people are surprised by the wonderful watermelon flavor!" Amy says.

Cinnamon Hard Candy

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.

Hard Maple Candy

Hard Maple Candy

Hard Maple Candy

During the war, the women at my grandmother's church would donate sugar rations throughout the year so they'd have enough to make candy as a fund-raiser each Christmas. I'm lucky enough to have inherited this tried-and-true recipe. —Dorothea Bohrer, Silver Spring, Maryland

Peppermint Hard Candy

Peppermint Hard Candy

Peppermint Hard Candy

This easy-to-make clear hard candy has a mint flavor from the combination of peppermint and vanilla extracts. Plus, the eye-catching sweets won't stick to your teeth.

Anise Hard Candy

Anise Hard Candy

Anise Hard Candy

I like to wrap pieces of this candy in plastic wrap to share with friends.—Bea Aubry, Dubuque, Iowa

Microwave Hard Candy

Microwave Hard Candy

Microwave Hard Candy

(Used with permission from LorAnn Oils.)

Festive Anise Hard Candy

Festive Anise Hard Candy

Festive Anise Hard Candy

Anyone who likes the flavor of anise is sure to enjoy these five-ingredient candies. The bright red color makes them perfect for the holiday season.
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