Old-Fashioned Hard Candy Tips
Can you make old-fashioned hard candy without a candy thermometer?
You can make hard candy without a thermometer by testing the mixture in some cold water. If it fully hardens when dropped into the water, you’ll know that you’ve reached hard-crack stage. If you do have a candy thermometer, we recommend that you test it before each use by bringing water to a boil and making sure that it reads 212°F. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test. Here are more candy-making tools
you need in your kitchen, as well as some common candy-making mistakes
How long will old-fashioned hard candy last for?
Store your old-fashioned hard candy in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks.
What are some other flavors you can make from this old-fashioned hard candy recipe?
You can add any flavor you like to this old-fashioned hard candy recipe—as long as you can find the flavoring. You can even try mixing a few flavors together for delicious combinations like strawberry, lime and peach. Around the holidays, make Christmas hard candy
with cinnamon or peppermint oil. —Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer
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.
2 ounce-weight: 283 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (65g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.