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 Christmas Hard Candy

 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    3 1/2  cups          sugar
    1      cup           light corn syrup
    1      cup           water
      1/4  to 1/2 tsp    cinnamon oil or peppermint oil -- * see note
    1      teaspoon      red or green food coloring
 
 In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook on
 medium-high heat until candy thermometer reads 300F (hard-crack stage),
 stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in oil and food coloring,
 keeping face away from mixture as odor is very strong. Immediately pour onto
 an oiled cookie sheet. Cool; break into pieces. Store in airtight containers.
 
 YIELD: about 2 pounds
 
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 NOTES : Cinnamon oil and peppermint oil are available in cake decorating and
 candy supply stores.
 

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