My grandma has this great tradition of making a ton of different flavored hard candy during Christmas time! Since I don't live by her anymore, I had to branch off and make my own (no more mooching for me ha).
I will admit, there are two things I try to stay away from when it comes to baking:
1.) Daunting task of baking a PIE. I have yet to make a pie with a beautifully braided crust (or even just a crust that doesn't look all skiwompus once it's placed in the dish?!)
2.) Candy (however, i actually can make some mean caramels which I am pretty proud of!)
So, I stepped out of my comfort zone...followed Grammys recipe to a "T" and it turned out great! So without further adieu here is the process...
-Flavorings of your choice (my faves are cinnamon and butterscotch)
In a large pot add the karo syrup and sugar...
Boil until your thermometer reads 290°-300°
Then take off heat and add in your flavoring...aaaaand wait for it....wait for it....ONLY for the butterscotch flavoring do you add BUTTER (probably why this one is my favorite flavor...go figure?!)
Drizzle in a few drops of food coloring (red for cinnamon...yellow for butterscotch...etc.)
Then, sift your powdered sugar over a 11x17 pan
Pour the goodness... and sift powdered sugar on top!
Once its hard (about 20 minutes) crack in small pieces.
Aren't they just pretty?! It almost looks like glass. Maybe that's what I should call this...Glass Candy! Just a nice & COLORFUL treat to have sitting around for people to snack on :-)
-2 cups sugar
-2/3 cup karo syrup
-3/4 cup water
-1 tsp. flavoring
-1 tsp. food coloring
**if making butterscotch add in 4 TBS butter when you add in the flavoring.
Boil ingredients until thermometer reads 290°-300°. Remove from heat, let bubbles go down THAN add in flavoring and food coloring.
Sift powdered sugar on pan...pour hot candy and sift powdered sugar on top. Break apart when hard.
Easy as pie! haha or should I just simply say EASY.