December 10, 2016
5 Ingredients Or Less, 5-Minute Prep, Budget-Friendly,
Easy/Beginner Cooking, Kid Pleaser, Make-Ahead, Quick Meals, Small Batch Cooking, Christmas, Entertaining, Fat Free, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, No Eggs, Non-Dairy, Vegetarian, Make it from a box, Water, Sugar, Candy more
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"This is just an old family favorite. Simple to make; but, always loved by all. Now for the holiday's have some fun - Christmas: Red color/cinnamon flavor; green/spearmint or peppermint; white (no color)/anise. Valentines: White color/chocolate, almond, or vanilla; pink/strawberry, cherry or raspberry. Easter: A rainbow of your favorite pastel colors and fruit extracts. The list goes on and on; so, have fun with it. Fill your favorite candy dish, mason jar; or, your favorite decorative candy tin/box."
Pan ... First, I like to line my baking sheet pan with parchment paper; then, a light coating of the powdered sugar. A standard sheet pan is what I use (approximately 18-26"). Now, the parchment paper isn't necessary; I just use it for easy clean up.
Candy ... Add the white sugar, corn syrup, and water to a heavy pot; and mix to combine. Cook on medium heat, continuously stirring until you reach a temperature of 290 degrees. Now, one thing you will need is a candy thermometer. And don't rush this - it will take a good 30-40 minutes.
Color and Flavor ... Remove from the heat, add the extract and color; and, mix until combined. Remember - add as much color to your liking.
Sheet Pan ... Warning - be careful when doing this; the candy is scalding hot. Pour the mixture onto the prepared pan; and, allow it to cool completely. Once completely cooled, lay newspaper over the pan - and, break candy into pieces by taping with a hammer. Break until you get candy 'bite size' pieces. There is no right or wrong for this.
Finish and ENJOY! ... Sprinkle the candy again with powdered sugar; and, toss. The powdered sugar will prevent the candy from sticking to one another. Simply store in a sealed container - as mentioned, a mason jar, tupperware container, candy tin/box/jar all work well. DO NOT refrigerate. Perfect to serve at a party in your favorite candy dish!
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