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HARD CANDY RECIPE: HOW TO MAKE IT - TASTE OF HOME



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Every evening for a week in December, my husband and I mix up several batches of this soothing candy. When we finish, we have all our favorite flavors and a rainbow of colors. The pieces look lovely in a clear candy dish or jar.

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Desserts

Total Time 45 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Yield 3/4 pound.

Number Of Ingredients 6

5 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 to 2 teaspoons anise, lemon or orange extract
Red, yellow or orange liquid food coloring, optional

Steps:

  • Fill a 15x10x1-in. pan with confectioners' sugar to a depth of 1/2 in. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, make a continuous curved-line indentation in the sugar; set pan aside. , In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and continue cooking for 3 minutes to dissolve any sugar crystals., Uncover and cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Remove from the heat; stir in extract and food coloring if desired. , Carefully pour into a glass measuring cup. Working quickly, pour into prepared indentation in pan. Cover candy with confectioners' sugar. When candy is cool enough to handle, cut into pieces with a scissors. Store in a covered container.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 383 calories, FatContent 0 fat (0 saturated fat), CholesterolContent 0 cholesterol, SodiumContent 26mg sodium, CarbohydrateContent 99g carbohydrate (89g sugars, FiberContent 0 fiber), ProteinContent 0 protein.

CREAMY SOFT CARAMELS RECIPE: HOW TO MAKE IT - TASTE OF HOME



Creamy Soft Caramels Recipe: How to Make It - Taste of Home image

Rich, creamy, smooth, soft...those are just a few reasons to love these old-fashioned caramels. Purchased caramels just can't compare.—Sharon Struthers, Belgrade, Minnesota

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Desserts

Total Time 45 minutes

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Yield 2-1/2 pounds.

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
Dash salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugars, salt and remaining butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir in corn syrup; return to a boil. Remove from the heat; slowly stir in milk. , Cook and stir over medium-low heat until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Using foil, lift candy out of pan; cut into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 70 calories, FatContent 3g fat (2g saturated fat), CholesterolContent 8mg cholesterol, SodiumContent 28mg sodium, CarbohydrateContent 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, FiberContent 0 fiber), ProteinContent 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges 1/2 starch

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