Old fashioned home made hard Christmas candy in a glass dish.
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How to Make Old Fashioned Hard Candy

How to make old fashioned hard candy is so easy. It makes a perfect office gift for the Holidays, or really any occasion. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas, diy candy, hard candy, homemade
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 20 servings
Calories 2271 kcal


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3.7 ml spearmint oil (use other oils for each flavored batch)
  • food coloring as needed


  1. In a heavy pan, mix sugar, water and corn syrup. Heat on medium on the stove until the temperature reaches 300'F.

  2. Remove from heat, and stir in the flavored oil, and then the food coloring. I would not do more than 3-4 drops of coloring. It all depends on the intensity of the color you want to achieve. Use 1 bottle of flavor oil per batch.  (1 dram, 3.7 ml or .125 oz.)

  3. Transfer contents to glass heat proof container.

  4. Slowly pour contents into the troughs.

  5. Allow the strips to cool, then break apart and place in containers. I like to place different flavors in different containers. 

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Old Fashioned Hard Candy
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 2271
% Daily Value*
Sodium 175mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 596g 199%
Sugars 595g
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 1.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.