How do you make hard tack candy?


Quick Answer

To make hard tack candy, mix corn syrup, sugar and water and cook it in a saucepan on the stove. Add colors and flavors to the hot mixture, pour it into a cookie sheet to cool and then break it into pieces when it has cooled.

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Full Answer

Hard tack candy is a traditional hard candy treat that is especially popular around the holidays. It can make great gifts and making it is a fun holiday activity for the family. Hard tack candy is fairly easy to make and requires very few ingredients. Cooks can use the following steps to make this homemade treat.

  1. Heat up some water, corn syrup and sugar
  2. Mix 3 parts white sugar with 1 part corn syrup and add 3/8 cups of water for every cup of sugar in the mixture. Continually stir the mixture over medium heat until it starts to boil.

  3. Test the temperature
  4. Use a candy thermometer to test the temperature. Remove the mixture from the heat when it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

  5. Add colors and flavors
  6. Add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring oil to the hot mixture and stir.

  7. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet
  8. Pour the hot liquid onto a greased baking sheet. Candy molds can also work well.

  9. Let the candy cool
  10. Leave the mixture to cool completely.

  11. Break the candy into pieces
  12. Break the hardened candy into pieces.

  13. Sprinkle the candy with powdered sugar
  14. Sprinkle the pieces with powdered sugar or toss sugar and the pieces in a bag.

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