Hard Maple Candy Recipe
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Hard Maple Candy Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:84 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 84 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons maple flavoring

Nutritional Facts

1/3 ounce-weight: 46 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage), stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring. Immediately pour into prepared pan; cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1-3/4 pounds.
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 Hard Maple Candy in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p96

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chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 90953
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"I love hard candy and this was really easy and yummy!"

pinkcookies User ID: 3791877 121251
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I have homemade maple syrup. Could I use this instead of the flavoring? How much?"

XOBasia User ID: 3504396 90952
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Mmmmmm!!! Maply syrup in candy form!! Delicious, but difficult to break into pieces by hand (maybe I'm just weak)...used a small tack hammer to gently chip into pieces. I only had 2 Tblsp. of maple flavoring left, so I added 1 Tblsp. vanilla and still tasted mah--velous!!!"

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