Growing up there were a few things I could always count on my mom to make during the holidays. One of these things is her Homemade Cinnamon Candy. Aside from working with boiling hot molten sugar lava, the recipe is pretty easy to make. I had my mom make it with me (for me) for this post. Side note, she also fed me and my son lunch while she made the candy. I think I may make my mom a full-time blog partner. It works out really well for me.
You just need some light corn syrup, straight up wonderful white sugar, water and cinnamon oil. You can find the cinnamon oil at your local craft store. Oh yeah, my mom also bought all the ingredients. The cinnamon oil came in a pack of two, each bottle being 1 dram. We only used one bottle, but if you like you cinnamon light-your-tongue-on-fire hot, you may want to use some of the other bottle as well.
It will take a while for the sugar to get to the right temperate. I think it took us about an hour. And can we talk for a moment about how freaking clean my mom’s stove top is? Gosh I wish I got her cleaning gene.
Once the sugar reaches the hard ball stage, add your cinnamon oil. DO NOT INHALE. I REPEAT, DO NOT INHALE! For real. the cinnamon is potent. It will choke you. It will make your eyes water. But it will taste SO good. Stir to ensure it is mixed well throughout the sugar. Make sure that all the doors and windows are open. No joke.
Carefully pour the candy on to the prepared sheet pan and let harden. It should harden pretty quick. I would say it was really hard after a full hour. We didn’t put it in the fridge or anything like that. Just left it out.
The fun part is cracking it in to smaller, bite sized pieces. Using a table knife, whack it. Not too hard because pieces go flying all over the place. And it is really sharp. Much like glass shards. Use caution.
You may be wondering why it isn’t red. We used to add food coloring but that is really just an extra step. And I think the golden color is really pretty. If you can’t eat cinnamon things unless they are red, then by all means, add it. Or you could really freak people out and make it green. Then they would think they were going to be eating something lime or peppermint flavored. And then BAM! Cinnamon. Their taste buds won’t know what to do!
This recipe makes a lot of hard cinnamon candy so I like to portion it out and give it out as gifts. I even took a bunch over to Lauren’s for her craft party. But you are free to serve it however you would like to. You can hoard it too. That’s ok.
Cinnamon Hard Candy
This delicious candy is a family favorite. My mom makes it for me because it's a little bit too advanced for me.
- 4 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 bottle 1 dram cinnamon oil (found at your local craft store)
Mix water, sugar and corn syrup in a sauce pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring often, until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.
Remove from heat.
Add cinnamon oil and stir well (DO NOT SNIFF FUMES! HAVE DOORS AND WINDOWS OPEN!)
Pour on to a buttered cookie sheet.
Let it sit until hardened and dry.
It is suggested that you don't make this in high humidity. Sorry Florida.