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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
Author Analida Braeger


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ 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. 

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I store my hard candy? You should store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Never store it in the refrigerator.
  • How long can I store the candy? If properly stored it will last 12 months in a sealed container. If you have a large amount to store, you can place it in a 32 oz. mason jar or larger. Take a small zip top snack bag and put ¼ cup rice in the bag, seal and poke some small holes in it. Toss this in the bottom of the jar before adding the candy. This will absorb any moisture and keep the candy fresh longer.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Old Fashioned Hard Candy
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 2271
% Daily Value*
Sodium 175mg8%
Carbohydrates 596g199%
Sugar 595g661%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.