Friday, October 9, 2009
Glass Candy - Root beer/ Vanilla Rum
Root Beer Candy
Homemade hardtack candy is ridiculously easy to make, and for some reason it has always made me feel like I'm in an 1800s General Store as a little girl in pigtails and an apron, looking at the big jars full of sparkling glass candy and deciding how to spend my penny.
I used this recipe but made a few minor changes. A candy thermometer makes it very simple.
3 3/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 T flavoring* (extract) (I divided the candy into two and flavored one with rootbeer extract and one with rum extract and vanilla extract)
1/2 food coloring (optional) (I didn't use any coloring)
butter (for pans)
*Note: 100% natural extracts can be purchased at Faerie's Finest.
Butter two cookie sheets.
Combine sugar, cornsyrup, and water in a medium saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil, then allow to boil until it reaches the temperature of 310ºF on the candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in flavoring and color. Pour over the two cookie sheets. As it is cooling, you can score the candy like I've done in this photo:
Once it is cool, the candy will break into squares. Or you can leave the candy smooth and break it to look like broken glass: