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Angel Food Christmas Candy

It was my dad who inspired me to first try making this Christmas candy. He remembered it from when he was a boy. The ultimate compliment was when he told me my version tasted even better! My husband's a driver with a parcel service. As you can probably guess, he works long hours around the holidays—that gives me time for making treats! We have a 2-year-old (he likes to jump up on a chair and help in the kitchen) and a second child due in March.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 pounds (12 servings)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating, melted


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and vinegar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Cook without stirring until the temperature reaches 300° (hard-crack stage) on a candy thermometer. Do not overcook.
  • Remove from the heat and quickly stir in baking soda. Pour into a buttered 13x9-in. pan. Do not spread candy; mixture will not fill pan.
  • When cool, break into bite-size pieces. Dip into melted chocolate; place on waxed paper until the chocolate is firm. Store candy tightly covered.
Editor's Note
We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Nutrition Facts
2 ounces: 337 calories, 11g fat (10g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 356mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • lynnwright
    Dec 19, 2019

    Without the chocolate this is good ol' sponge toffee. I'd forgotten all about it until I saw this recipe. I used to make it with my sisters when I was young. The last time I made it was over 50 years ago. Now I'll make it for my children and grandchildren. Dipping the pieces in chocolate puts it over the top! I think it has to be kept in a tightly sealed container so it's out of sight until it goes out with goodies for guests.... otherwise the guests might not get any.! Thanks for sharing.

  • Pamela
    Dec 12, 2019

    Does this taste like a Clark Bar?

  • Jill
    Dec 12, 2019 for those with out a thermometer. i also use this method

  • Victoria
    Aug 29, 2019

    Love it

    Apr 21, 2019

    If I don’t have a thermometer, roughly how many minutes should it be cooked to reach the hard crack stage?

  • shannondobos
    Dec 30, 2018

    I didn’t realize making this candy was so easy! This was definitely the fave of all the holiday goodies I made this year. This will be added to my usual rotation of treats!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 10, 2017

    This candy looks and taste wonderful on a holiday tray!

  • sugarcrystal
    Mar 3, 2016

    Awesome recipe, plus its cheap to make & I always have the ingredients on hand!

  • sueqb
    Dec 2, 2012

    About how long did you have to cook this?

  • smacg
    Mar 30, 2012

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