Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hard Candy

Contributor: Gloria Phister
2002 Cowley Cookbook

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp flavoring (1/8 to 1/2 tsp depending on concentration of flavoring)
food coloring (to make opaque colors, add 1/2 tsp liquid white coloring)
1/8 tsp citric acid (may be added to fruit flavors to address tartness; use 1/8 tsp dissolved in 1 tsp water and add at same time as flavoring)

Wash molds before first use. Grease inside of molds with shortening. Place molds on a flat surface (marble slab or new cookie sheet works nicely). Place clip over tabs of molds, insert sucker stick between tabs.

Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in small saucepan. Cook on medium high heat to 300F (hard crack stage). Remove from heat and let cool to 265F, then add flavoring and food coloring. Stir until blended.  Pour into molds.

Allow to cool until candy is set. Remove clip, then remove mold from lollipop. Set lollipop on second flat surface to complete cooling.

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