Family-Favorite Cinnamon Candy

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min. + cooling


3-1/2 pounds

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I have fond memories of standing at my grandmother's stove with my mom and my aunts, helping to make this cherished recipe. Now I share the tradition with my kids. —Wendy Hagan, Oak Grove, Louisiana
Family-Favorite Cinnamon Candy Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 packages (6 ounces each) Red Hots
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Grease two 15x10x1-in. pans with butter.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Add Red Hots; return to a boil, stirring carefully until Red Hots are melted, about 10 minutes. (Mixture will be very hot; wear an oven mitt while stirring to prevent burns.) Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  3. Remove from heat. Immediately divide mixture between prepared pans; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Break candy into pieces. Place confectioners' sugar in a large resealable bag. In batches, add candy and toss to coat lightly.

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce: 115 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.