How to Flavor Hard Candy

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Making hard candy, such as suckers or hard-tack candy, is a fun activity that can be done at home. There are a wide variety of essential candy oils, or flavorings, which differ from flavoring extracts in that they are more potent and hold their flavor under intense heat, that can be used to make virtually any flavor or flavor-combination candies. Many stores carry candy oil flavorings in their baking aisle or at the pharmacy counter. The flavorings can also be ordered from various online suppliers (see Resources).

Things You'll Need

  • 1 dram candy oil flavoring
  • Remove the protective plastic wrap from the candy oil flavoring bottle. It's important to have the flavoring ready for immediate use when it is needed.

  • Prepare the candy syrup base on the stove according to your recipe.

  • Remove the pan from the heat when the syrup reaches 300° F.

  • Pour the dram of flavoring into the syrup once it has stopped boiling.

  • Stir the syrup to incorporate the flavor.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are adding color to your candy, add it when the boiling sugar reaches 260º F and do not stir it, as the boiling action will distribute the color.
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