Wednesday was a long, busy day.
Grandboy and I went grocery shopping - for 2 hours - to get stuff to make a bunch of goodies.
I made 5 different items plus 2 dinners. I knew Grandboy wouldn't like what his Papaw wanted for dinner so I made him spaghetti, with stinky cheese(parmesan)!
Here's a bonus picture for you, he never liked spaghetti until I showed him how to eat it the fun way....I know, bad mammaw!
I will be sharing all the recipes that I made in the next few days.
The first recipe I want to share is for Hard Cinnamon Candy.
Let me go ahead and warn you, if you make this and you plan on giving it to small children, be careful to make sure that the edges of the candy are not sharp when you break it up or you could score the candy before it hardens all the way so that the edges won't be as sharp. I wouldn't want any babies to get a cut in the mouth.
Ok, here are the ingredients that I will need...
Water (not pictured)
red food coloring
If you're fancy and have a candy thermometer - great.
If you're like me, just use a cup of water to test what stage the candy is at.
On second thought, I may need to get me a fancy candy thermometer because I let my candy go to far, I wanted it a tiny bit soft but I ended up with hard.
Hard Cinnamon Candy
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (more or less depending on the color you want)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon oil (more or less depending on how spicy you want it)
Items you will also need:
sheet pan to pour the candy on to cool/harden
parchment paper to line pan
powdered sugar to sprinkle on parchment so candy doesn't stick
Mix sugar, water and corn syrup in a heavy pot. Over medium heat, stir til sugar is dissolved Bring to a boil and cook to the desired candy stage.
Remove from heat and add food coloring and cinnamon oil.
CAUTION - keep your head back so that the steam from adding the oil doesn't choke you or make you pass out from losing your breath. Cinnamon oil is very strong!
Stir and pour onto your powdered sugar sprinkled, parchment lined pan.
I ended up with hard candy so I had fun breaking it into pieces.
You know, making hard candy can be a dangerous thing. That stuff is like glass when your trying to break it.
And here's my candy all cracked up..
After tasting this, my husband decided he wants some peppermint candy. So I'll be making that next.....as soon as I get some peppermint oil. I think he just wants to see me get choked up by the steam from the oil again.
Here are some helpful links on the different stages of candy and the temperatures....