Clear Toy Candy

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.


about 1-1/4 pounds

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Clear toy candy is best made when the weather is cold, as any humidity in the air may cloud the finished piece. If you don't have the traditional molds, try making the candy into lollipops. — Gina Napoli Harrisburg, PA
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  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Food coloring, optional


  1. Brush candy molds with oil or coat lightly with cooking spray. If using two-piece molds, close and secure with rubber bands or clamps. If using molds with stick holders, insert sticks. Place molds on a greased baking sheet.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 250° (hard-ball stage). If desired, add several drops of food coloring (do not stir; mixture will blend as it cooks). Continue cooking until a thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage); remove from heat.
  3. Allow bubbles to subside, 1-2 minutes. Pour into prepared molds. Cool completely, about 5 minutes. Remove candy from molds. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.