How Do You Make Hard Rock Candy?

How Do You Make Hard Rock Candy?

How Do You Make Hard Rock Candy?

To make hard rock candy, mix water and sugar and heat the mixture until it reaches hard-crack stage at 300 degrees. Once it does so, remove from heat, add flavoring, pour the mixture into a lined pan and let it cool.

The Taste of Home website has a recipe for cinnamon rock candy. It calls for 1 cup water, 3 3/4 cups sugar, 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon oil, 1 teaspoon red liquid food coloring and 1/3 cup powdered sugar.

Mix all the ingredients in a large saucepan and heat on medium. Stir occasionally as you bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the pan and boil for three minutes to allow the sugar crystals to completely dissolve. Uncover the pan and heat the mixture for about 25 minutes over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees, indicating it has reached hard-crack stage. Remove from the heat and add the cinnamon oil.

Pour the candy mixture into a 15-by-10-inch pan lined with buttered tinfoil and let it cool for at least 45 minutes. Once cooled, break the candy with a kitchen mallet and dust with powdered sugar. This recipe makes about 2 pounds of candy, equal to about 32 servings.