Published Jun 19th
Prep 5m Cook 25m Additional 15m Ready In 45m
Servings 1 cookie sheet Calories 123.6

An easy recipe for hard candy. The hardest part is waiting for the sugar to reach the proper temperature. Be patient and use a candy thermometer for perfect candy. This recipe can easily be adjusted by using different flavored extracts and food colorings.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 ¾ cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon orange, or other flavored extract
  • ½ teaspoon food coloring
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar for dusting

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a medium saucepan, stir together the white sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil. Without stirring, heat to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads.
  2. 2 Remove from heat and stir in flavored extract and food coloring, if desired. Pour onto a greased cookie sheet, and dust the top with confectioners' sugar. Let cool, and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 123.6
  • Carbohydrate 32.2 g
  • Sodium 8.5 mg
  • Sugar 25.3 g


  1. Great recipe! Used it to make a candy bowl!Tips on improving your luck with candy making. 1. If it's still a liquid, you either added too much water or you didn't reach the needed 300°F to reach a hard crack candy. 2. If your candy holds up but is kind of sticky when you eat - Read more ...
  2. i must be doing something wrong because it's been 18 hours and it is still in a stage between liquid and hard candy.
  3. Excellennt. I scaled it back to 12 servings and doubled the flavoring. While it was still hot but touchable I cut it into strips and twisted it around chopsticks to make ribbon twists and they looked great. If it is sticking in your teeth you didn't let it heat up quite enough try going all - Read more ...
  4. Great hard candy base recipe. I made several flavors. Favorite is cayenne ciannamon.
  5. I've made this recipe twice now and one time I thought I would make banana flavored candy with banana extract (have used this before in other recipes and is delish!). I put in even a little more than the recipe called for and it smelled great and everything. But come time to break the candy - Read more ...
  6. i made this but i used cherry jello mix it tastes great
  7. We are using this recipe to make our wedding favors. We were able to spray candy molds and use a candy funnel with stopper to put just the right amount of mixture into each mold. We now have beautiful, inexpensive, calla lily candies. I omitted the food coloring and chose almond flavoring. The candies are - Read more ...
  8. I'm just a beginner, so I thought this would be a good one to try. Its great! With food coloring, its very pretty. Instead of flavored extract, I added a tbl of water to a packet of kool aide (cherry) and put that in. Yummy!
  9. Super easy! I make this every year and everyone loves it although I usually double the flavoring.
  10. This is a very Good Hard Candy Recipe!An very Easy! Thank You!!!

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