Raspberry Hard Candy

Total Time

Prep:10 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling


about 2 pounds

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Old-fashioned hard candy appeals to old and young alike. Everyone is thrilled with the awesome raspberry flavor.—Joe Caden, Sutton, West Virginia


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry extract
  • 8 to 10 drops neon purple food coloring


  1. Line a 15x10x1-in. pan with foil. Grease the foil with butter; set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook and stir over high 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 extract and food coloring. Immediately pour into prepared pan without scraping the saucepan (do not spread mixture).
  3. Cool for 1-2 minutes or until candy is almost set. Using a sharp knife, score into 1/2-in. squares; cool completely. Break squares apart. Store in an airtight container.