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, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g 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 90953
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

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

pinkcookies 121251
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

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

XOBasia 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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