How to Make Low Calorie Hard Candy

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Splenda is the perfect substitute for sugar, and can be used in baking. Low-calorie hard candy is a great way to calm hunger cravings between meals. It satisfies the sweet tooth without putting inches on your waist. It's even more fun to make yourself. Try this recipe and experiment with different flavors and colors.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup Splenda 1 cup white corn syrup 2/3 cup water 2-quart pan Candy molds Spray vegetable oil
  • Combine 1 cup of Splenda, 1 cup of white corn syrup and 2/3 cup of water. Place over low heat and stir until the Splenda has dissolved completely.

  • Once dissolved, raise to medium heat and cover. After 2 to 3 minutes, the added heat will wash down sugar crystals from the sides of the pan.

  • Once the sides are clear, cook without stirring until the mixture reaches the hard-candy stage (300 degrees on your candy thermometer).

  • Take the candy off the stove and add 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon or peppermint oil for taste. Also add a few drops of food coloring of your choice for presentation.

  • Brush candy molds with light oil and pour the candy mix into prepared molds. Cool and remove from the molds. Wrap in plastic and store in a cool, dry place.

Tips & Warnings

  • To tell if your mixture has reached the hard-candy stage, drop a small spoonful of the candy mix into cold water. If the candy cracks, it is at the hard-candy stage. This recipe is great for holiday candies. Wrap the candy in clear plastic and tie with a colorful ribbon.
  • Be careful pouring into the molds, as the candy is extremely hot. Do not cause the molds to overflow.

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