One of my favorite things about summer is having the kids wake me up with a book in hand. Then we lie in bed and read for a couple of hours before starting the day.
This week we read a book on Milton Hershey, and of course my kids decided they were going to be the next famous candy chefs, so we have been experimenting with candy recipes all week. Today we worked on hard candy, and I brought back my favorite candy making technique from my own childhood.
2 Cups Sugar
2/3 Cup Corn Syrup
3/4 Cup Water
1 tsp Flavoring
Mix together sugar, corn syrup, and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Heat to boiling. Keep boiling until it reaches 260 on a candy thermometer (or the hard ball stage).
Add in food coloring until desired color is reached. Keep boiling until temperature reaches 300 degrees. **
Remove from heat. When it stops bubbling, add flavoring, stir in, and put in hard candy molds. Let harden. I think it took maybe 30 min to harden.
(Alternately, you can just spread out the candy on a silicone baking mat lined cookie sheet. When it cools, smash it to pieces and dust with powdered sugar.)
** The fun part comes in when you figure out your stages by yourself without the candy thermometer. You do this by getting a cup or a bowl with ice water, and dropping a spoonful of the boiling liquid into it. You can check the liquid a couple of seconds after you pour it. Once it holds its shape it is called a hard ball stage and you can add the coloring. When it cracks and separates, it is ready to be taken off the stove.
This was the funnest part for my kids, and it kept them entertained. I only had to yell “Don’t touch anything” about 30 times.