Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 3: Homemade Candy Canes!

When we found this recipe for homemade candy canes in our Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Christmas in the Country,we knew we had to try it. The recipe is very simple. Even novice candy makers can make them. They turned out so pretty. Our pictures don't do them justice. They look like they are made of glass. Best of all they taste as good as they look!!

What you need:

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

  • 3/4 tsp. peppermint extract

  • 3/4 - 1 tsp. red food coloring

In a heavy saucepan, blend the sugar, corn syrup, water

and cream of tartar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Cook over medium heat until your candy thermometer reaches the hard-ball stage - 250 - 269 degrees. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Then add the peppermint extract.

Divide the candy in to 2 equal portions by pouring them into 2 microwave safe bowls. Be very careful the candy will be very hot!! Stir the red food coloring into one of the bowls.

Let the candy the candy cool until it is cool enough to handle, but not too hard. It will be like a stiff dough. Spread a sheet of wax paper on your work surface. Spray your hands with a little cooking spray. Using a heavy spoon, scoop out a blob of each color and roll into two ropes.

Twist them together.

Then form your candy cane shape.

Let your candy canes finish cooling and then enjoy! If the candy gets too hard to shape, put the bowl in the microwave for 20 - 30 seconds.

These candy canes would be very pretty wrapped in cellophane and tied onto a package. Your family and friends will love them!

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  1. I can't wait to try these! I am planning on making some homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows to give as gifts...I will have to make some of these too! Thank you for sharing :)

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  3. why would you WANT to use corn syrup?

  4. #1- great idea! I've been trying to come up with a cheap and easy idea for church nursery workers. This is perfect!

    #2- would you believe I never considered moving the clip on my candy thermometer down before?? I saw your pic and it finally dawned on me!


  5. I LOVE THESE!!!!! I can't wait to make them with my kids. How fun!!!

  6. They look so pretty & easy to make! Gotta try this one! :)

  7. We did notice that the candy canes would slowly change shape it they were not stored completly flat. Next time we will try making them to soft crack on our candy thermometer

  8. Oh my gosh these are great!! I will definitely be needing to try these! THANKS!

  9. I've never made candy before but I'm going to try these, they're so beautiful. They look like they're made of glass! I can't wait to make some for myself. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

  10. Thank you so much for posting this! Can't wait to try it! We will be making them solid white with Simple Syrup instead of corn syrup and maybe experimenting with homemade natural colorings.

  11. I live right down the road from Spangler Candy Company, so I've seen how store bought candy canes are made, but I think I like these better! They'd be great to hand out with Christmas presents! I liked them so much that I decided to feature them on my blog! The post will be up in the morning, if you would like to check it out!

    Anestazia <3

  12. Beautiful! Just stumbled across your blog and I love it :)

  13. This is really cool! I can't wait to make them for x-mas this year!

    P.S. I love the one commenter who asked why you would want to use corn syrup! LMFAO Cuz that's how you make hard candy!!!! :)