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Cinnamon Hard Candy Recipe

Cinnamon Hard Candy Recipe

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 YIELD:16 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 1 pound.
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.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Cinnamon oil can be found in some pharmacies or at kitchen and cake decorating supply stores.

Nutritional 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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glowery82 User ID: 5502068 215625
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014 Edited Nov. 22, 2015

"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 User ID: 8141523 214125
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7542501 75582
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7479018 34831
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6299389 204013
Reviewed 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 User ID: 222390 44485
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4387217 77391
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

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

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 204012
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1922196 28106
Reviewed 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!"

janettandrews User ID: 4400939 83833
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"I made 1 lb. of this candy and gave some to family and friends. At Christmas everyone asked for it,so I made 6 lbs. When I asked my mother-in-law what she wanted for her birthday now in January she said more hard candy, I sent her 3 lbs.. I that this will become a holiday tradition now."

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