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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


  • 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


  • 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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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 29, 2019

    This tastes good, is so easy to make and has turned out every time I've made it over the years. I use other flavorings like spearmint, root beer, and butterscotch and they are also good.

  • glowery82
    Dec 22, 2014

    You can get the cinnamon oil at walmart in the greeting card section. Also at any craft store, Hobby Lobby or Michaels or whatever you can get to. This recipe was delicious and easy and the kids were amazed that Mom actually made homemade candy. I didn't let them know how easy it was. I also made watermelon and root beer flavors, they were good but not as good as the cinnamon. Still everyone's favorite.

  • Spageddyboy
    Dec 6, 2014

    This is my "go to" recipe every Christmas! I highly discourage using extract (it contains alcohol and very little flavor, making for an inferior end product) as some mentioned, finding the oil is worth the wait. Most pharmacies (some keep it in stock, just call around) and whole food stores can order cinnamon oil and have it in a day or two. LOVE THIS RECIPE!!

  • sjbrindley
    Dec 16, 2013

    I used extract instead of oil because I could not find it in my store. Thought I'd give the extract a try anyway. There is a very little hint of cinnamon. My advise is to double or triple the amount of extract if that is what you are using. Wish I could of found the oil, but thanks to Christmas being a week away I was unable to today. Maybe in a few days.

  • Ravens88
    Nov 10, 2013

    This will be my first time making hard candy my girl friend use to make it every christmas !, thought I would give it a try wish me luck

  • hilton_1
    Nov 9, 2013

    I have made this candy every year for the last 2 years, it is a good recipe , I always bring it to the hard crack stage on my candy thermometer , it always comes out right, I love it...

  • tootlissie
    Dec 23, 2012

    This is a Christmas favorite for our family!My sister-in-love sent this recipe in years ago. I'll always remember the first time I had a piece of it. YUM!!

  • terrydel
    Jun 4, 2012

    will make many times over, all year round. Just make with 2 T. Cinnamon

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 10, 2011

    I couldn't find any cinnamon oil so I used cinnamon extract. I know it doesn't taste the same way it would have with the oil, but it is still surprisingly good and addictive. Be careful though, cuz I actually broke my tooth on a piece of it! The look of this candy is amazing!

  • erwin669
    Jan 6, 2010

    This was great! It was my first try at making hard candy and I couldn't have asked for better results. Just wished my family had left me a little more. Wondering now where I can find some more cinnamon oil to make another batch. I debated on making the squares, but I did and everyone wondered how I did it. By the way I poured out candy onto a baking sheet covered with heavy foil and buttered, and it didn't stick together, so no need for powdered sugar. I think it is prettier this way. You just have to have a little patience making it, something I'm not good with, but boy was it worth it!