Cinnamon hard candy is one of my kids’ favorite treats to make. All you have to do is boil three ingredients, add coloring and flavor, and pour it out to cool, and you have homemade hard candy (much like a sucker or a Jolly Rancher). We make it every Christmas, but this year we ordered some silicone heart molds to make cinnamon hearts for Valentine’s Day. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make hard candy, even if you don’t have a candy thermometer.
I like having these around to pop one in my mouth when I’m looking for a sweet treat. It makes it a little easier not to eat cookies or ice cream all day long. (Ok, it doesn’t really, but a girl can pretend.)
To make hard candy, you need: sugar, corn syrup, water, coloring, and flavoring. I always use flavored oils, not extracts, when making hard candy. You can find cinnamon oil in the baking section of most grocery stores, or you can order it on Amazon here.
You can also use molds. I used these 1 inch molds, which make the size you see above, and these tiny heart molds, which make the size you see below. The larger molds are easier to fill, but they do give the candies a strawberry like texture, which you can see in the photo above.
If you don’t want to order molds, you can still make cinnamon hard candy. Just place a large sheet of aluminum foil down on your counter and then pour the candy out onto it in strips. When it hardens, break it into bite size pieces.
Here’s a step-by-step video that shows you exactly how to make them:
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
- Red Food Coloring
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Oil
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- Place the first three ingredients in a small saucepan and stir to combine.
- Turn on the heat to medium high and bring mixture to a boil.
- Boil approximately 10 minutes until mixture thickens and reaches the hard crack phase (310 degrees on a candy thermometer).
- Remove from heat.
- Pour in red food coloring and cinnamon oil and whisk quickly to combine, keeping your face away from the steam.
- Working quickly, pour the mixture into molds or out on a large sheet of aluminum foil.
- Allow to cool completely, at least one hour, then remove from molds or break into bite size pieces.
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon oil will give a very mild taste, while 1/2 teaspoon will be hotter.
If you do use the larger heart molds I linked to, make sure to only fill them 1/3 or 1/2 of the way full. Otherwise they’ll be too big to eat comfortably.
Happy Valentine’s Day!