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Homemade Hard Candy Recipe

Homemade hard candy isn't hard to make! Follow this easy hard candy recipe and the step-by-step instructions. Changing the flavor is simple and delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade hard candy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 144kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • food coloring if desired
  • 1 teaspoon flavoring oil if desired, I use cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • In a 3 quart saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water.
  • Over medium heat, stir just until the sugar is dissolved. Do not stir again.
  • Heat until the mixture reaches 260 degrees F.
  • Add food coloring, if desired.
  • Continue to boil until the mixture reaches 300 degrees F.
  • Remove from heat and add flavoring oil, if desired. Do not lean over the pot when you add the oil!! The steam can burn.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Pour into a quarter baking sheet and allow to harden. Brake into bitesized pieces and toss with powdered sugar.
  • OR pour into candy molds and allow to harden.
  • OR pour free-form candies onto parchment paper. I find this is easier after the mixture has cooled just slightly, about 1 minute.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 37g | Calcium: 2mg