Peppermint Hard Candy Recipe
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Peppermint Hard Candy Recipe

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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 drops green food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 ounces) equals 261 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.


  1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes to dissolve sugar crystals. Uncover; cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in extracts and food coloring. Pour into prepared pan. Cool; break into pieces. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 1-1/4 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 Peppermint Hard Candy in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p37

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Great recipe. Easy To Make."

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