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Cinnamon Rock Candy

My mother taught me how to make rock candy with this hard cinnamon candy. Now I fix it for my own family and to give as gifts at Christmas. —Marganne Winter Oxley, Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 pounds


  • 1 cup water
  • 3-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red liquid food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon oil
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar


  • Line a 15x10x1-in. pan with foil; butter the foil and set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine water, sugar, corn syrup and food coloring. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes to dissolve sugar crystals.
  • Uncover; cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage), about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in cinnamon oil (keep face away from mixture as oil is very strong). Immediately pour onto prepared pan. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
  • Break the candy into pieces using the edge of a metal mallet. Sprinkle both sides of candy with confectioners' sugar. Store in airtight container.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cinnamon oil can be found in some pharmacies or at kitchen and cake decorating supply stores.
  • Having trouble with your candy? Check our problem-solving guide.

  • 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
    1 ounce-weight: 132 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


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    • Kim
      Dec 16, 2019

      We have made this candy every Christmas since I was a child. The cinnamon oil can be difficult to find, but this year we found cassia cinnamon oil food grade ESSENTIAL oil. That was a huge fail. The flavor wasn't the same (aka inedible), and it turned out chewy. One thing we have always done is make a sheet of powdered sugar on our kitchen counter. We make it thick enough that when poured the candy won't go through to the counter. We also build up the sides so the candy doesn't run off the powdered sugar. (This is done while the candy is cooking.) Pour the candy onto the powdered sugar. Then when the candy is still pliable, we use scissors and cut it into long strips. Then we can break the strips into bite size pieces. It looks more uniformed and very easy to pop one into your mouth. Once all the candy is broken into bite size pieces, we mix it into the powdered sugar then put handfuls into a sifter to get the excess powdered sugar off. This also helps keep the tiny pieces from getting into your candy jars and gives it a neater look. It is a few extra steps, but really makes a difference in storage and appearance.

    • Denise
      Dec 14, 2019

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    • Danielle
      Nov 17, 2019

      If someone has the adult recipe can they share it please.

    • 1gross
      Nov 16, 2019

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    • Jennifer
      Nov 15, 2019

      This recipe looks amazing and so simple to make. There have been a couple of questions that I might hazard an answer on. 1. Second batch of candy did not harden. I would assume this candy making process can be adversely affected by the weather, specifically the humidity, at the time of making. It’s a well known fact by candy makers that Divinity candy will NOT set up properly in higher humidities. I’d assume the same would affect this Rock Candy. I’d wait to make it until a lower humidity day comes along. 2. Finished, stored candy all stuck together. Because of the nature of the candy, some sticking would be almost unavoidable. To minimize it, be sure to sprinkle the finished pieces liberally with powdered sugar as the recipe shows and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry (think humidity again) place.

    • Kristine
      Nov 14, 2019

      Can you make adult rock candy using Fireball?

    • erinshea1982
      Oct 31, 2019

      We make several batches of this every year! It’s amazing! Makes the holiday candy plates complete!

    • Jennifer
      Dec 17, 2018

      Great recipe. Candy was super easy to make and break into pieces. Tastes wonderful. In the recipe, it warns about the strength of the cinnamon oil. They're NOT joking. I thought I was far enough away but the oil smell still burned my nosehairs and made my eyes water. No big deal. I'll definitely be making this again.

    • rjduckworth
      Dec 12, 2018

      Would it be possible to wintergreen oil or even peppermint instead of cinnamon oil? This sounds easy, but would like more than just cinnamon.

    • Terry
      Dec 2, 2018

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