Really REALLY my birthday!!! So what better day to share the love with one
of my favorite recipes and an awesome giveaway!! Here’s my giveaway – it has a
little bit of everything in it! Bag, T-shirt, pink collar, candy, pens and
buttons and TWO autographed Gena Showalter books!!
Okay – a little bit about the recipe which is for Hard Candy. This is
something I’ve made forever and something I look forward to all year. My mom
shared it with me probably 25 years ago. We normally make it for Christmas and
give it away to friends and family. Think Jolly Ranchers but in TONS of
different kinds. We use Lorann oil which you can easily find online. It’s sold
in drams. 1 dram or 2 dram bottles is all I’ve ever seen.
Here’s the recipe and I have ingredient amounts written at the top for 2
dram and 1 dram amounts. The bottles we used to buy were all 2 drams and that’s
the first set of amounts, but then I found a huge lot sale on ebay with 1 dram
containers so I halved the recipe. To make this you’ll need the ingredients
listed below plus a saucepan, rubber scraper, candy thermometer, and food
coloring. I always add additional coloring to the batches when I add the oil.
Why? Cause a rainbow of colored candy is Sooooo pretty!!
**WARNING** – this recipe is for boiling sugar and super extreme holy
goodness strong flavoring. This can hurt you VERY badly if you don’t watch what
you’re doing. Yes I’ve been burned. By both the sugar and the oil. The
strongest flavors I make are cinnamon and wintergreen. SUPER concentrated.
Worst burn I’ve ever gotten was from the vapor off the cinnamon when mixed into
the base. It wasn’t awesome so please be careful. Don’t breathe the fumes and
don’t stand over it when you mix the oil into the sugar. The exhaust fan over
your stove is your friend!!
And onto the awesomeness!!
This is what the oil looks like and some of the flavors you can get.
Literally tons to choose from and you can also make taffy from the oil too. I
made two different batches on this go round and selected watermelon and
cinnamon ‘cause they’re my favorites.
Here’s a pic of the 1st three ingredients in the saucepan and the
candy thermometer in place to watch the temp of the sugar mix.
You’re going to stir this constantly until the mix boils, the sugar crystals
dissolve out and the ingredients turn clear.
There’s no mistaking when this happens and it’s really cool to watch!
Now you just let it be and watch the temperature. It’s going to take a bit
but don’t leave it unattended. There are different stages marked on a candy
thermometer. You will let this heat until it reaches the hard crack stage.
Around 305°F. While you’re waiting you need to lay out foil where you’re going
to pour the candy when it’s finished. I use the big BIG foil and I fold up the
edges all around to create a dam the candy can’t flow out of. And make sure
whatever you’re going to be pouring it onto is going to be able to take lots of
Now you want to remove it from the heat and let the boiling stop. It happens
pretty fast. And you want to remove the candy thermometer. Helpful hint. Don’t
put your candy thermometer in anything else right now. And don’t rinse it off
in the sink. The temp difference will shatter the thermometer. Done it…several
times! I normally set mine on the edge of the sink so the working end is over
This is where you will add your flavor of choice and food coloring. The oil
normally smokes when you add it so be careful. And if you get any of the oil on
you when you’re doing this wash it off immediately. Burns are not fun. Once everything
is all mixed in then you pour the candy onto your foil. The candy will make
hard strings. It’s really neat! This is what it looks like.
And this is what two kinds look like. Mmmmm….
Now you let it cool completely. Moving it to another spot on the counter
periodically will cool it faster.
When cool you sprinkle powdered sugar on all of it. This is to keep it from
all sticking together when you break it up and bag it.
Then you use something food safe and hard to break it up into pieces that
you like. Big, small, whatever. I always go with the less is more ‘cause once
you break it up to much than all you have is candy shards which is meh. Here it
is all bagged up and yummytastic!!
Loved getting to share with you guys and nominate someone you adore to win
goodies. Loved getting to spend a little bit of my birthday with you. Hope
everyone has as great a day as I’m going to have!! And happy eating!
Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with
her miniman in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and
has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s
ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.
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