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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.
16 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling


  • 3-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring or color of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon watermelon flavoring or flavoring of your choice
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  • Butter two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans; set aside. In a large heavy
  • saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and food coloring.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a
  • boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads
  • 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in flavoring. Immediately pour into
  • prepared pans; cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar; break into
  • pieces. Store in airtight containers.
  • Yield: 2 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 ounces) equals 283 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 74 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 0 protein.