Make It a Sweet Holiday!


Sweeten your holidays with homemade hard tack candy!  The Anderson family shares their recipe for this old-fashioned treat that can be made in a variety of flavors. It’s a tasty and colorful addition to any seasonal celebration!

You’ll Need:

2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup water
Flavoring oils to suit your preferences e.g.; cinnamon, peppermint, etc.
Food colorings of choice
Powdered sugar
Candy thermometer
Kitchen or candy shears


Place all ingredients and cooking utensils within reach of your stove or cooktop.
Lightly coat cookie sheets or counter surface with cooking spray. Alternatively, sprinkle powdered sugar liberally on surface.


Add water, sugar and corn syrup to large saucepan. Stir well.
Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Stop stirring and bring to a boil.
Continue to cook until mixture reaches 260º then add color.
Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of oil flavoring. Wait until bubbling subsides and then stir until mixed well.
Pour onto prepared surface and allow to cool slightly.
Using kitchen shears, cut into small pillow shapes.
Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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