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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    1 pound

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 310° (hard-crack stage). Remove from the heat; stir in oil and food coloring, keeping face away from the mixture as the odor with be very strong.
  • Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet. Quickly spread into a 13-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Using a sharp knife, score into 1-in. squares. Re-cut rectangle along scored lines until candy is cut into squares. Let stand at room temperature until dry. Separate into squares, using a knife if necessary.
Editor's Note: Cinnamon oil can be found in some pharmacies or at kitchen and cake decorating supply stores.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 126 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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