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Old Fashioned Hard Candy

A dusting of confectioner's sugar gives a frosty look to this old-fashioned holiday candy from field editor Amy Short of Lesage, West Virginia. "The color is beautiful and people are surprised by the wonderful watermelon flavor!" Amy says.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 pounds


  • 3-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring or color of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon watermelon flavoring or flavoring of your choice
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  • Butter two 15x10x1-in. pans; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and food coloring. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in flavoring. Immediately pour into prepared pans; cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar; break into pieces. Store in airtight containers.
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
2 ounce-weight: 283 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (65g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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