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Old Fashioned Hard Candy

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  • Author: Cindy Gibbs
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 pounds 1x
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Cook


This Old Fashioned Hard Candy is so flavorful and you can make it in any flavor you desire.  My favorite flavor is Cinnamon.  See all the flavor options on this recipe.  They’re endless! 


Units Scale
  • 3 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon (1 dram bottle) Lorann flavoring oil
  • Food coloring as desired


  1. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Sprinkle the foil heavily with powdered sugar.
  2. Mix the sugar, syrup, and water together in a large pan over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Boil without stirring until the temperature reaches 310 degrees (hard crack) on a candy thermometer, or forms brittle threads when dropped into cold water.
  3. Remove from heat. Slowly add the flavoring oil, then add food coloring as desired. Mix well and pour onto the foil-lined cookie sheet. Let the candy cool completely before breaking it into pieces.
  4. Place a piece of wax paper or saran wrap over the candy. Using the handle of a heavy knife, hit the candy and break it into small pieces. Sprinkle the broken candy with more powdered sugar.
  5. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container. This candy keeps well for several weeks.
  6. Yields approximately 1 1/2 pounds.

Suggested Combinations for Flavors and Colors






Anise/Dark Blue


Butter/Light Yellow

Butter Rum/Yellow, Brown

Sassafras/Light Brown


Raspberry/Blue, Red



Wintergreen/Pale Green

Lime/Pale Green


  • Note: Years ago, the only available food coloring when making this candy was liquid and with limited colors. These days, we have gel food coloring with more color options available. I prefer to use the gel food coloring. I feel that the gel food coloring blends better.
  • Note: The original recipe for this candy calls for two teaspoons of flavoring. I choose to use 1 teaspoon in the cinnamon candy but more in other flavors. It’s really personal preference.