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Candy Canes

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Candy Canes

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup of water
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
A few drops red food coloring

Directions:
Place all ingredients into a saucepan. Boil without stirring until it reaches the soft crack stage (285°F, measured with a candy thermometer). Remove from heat. Divide candy in two parts. To one part, add a little red food coloring. Pour onto a buttered surface. When cool enough, pull each separately, then twist one around the other. Cut into 6″ sections, form them into canes, and allow them to harden.

2 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 12.17.12 at 1:06 pm }

Karon, there are several cups of ingredients here, so that would be a very big candy cane! You have to cut the long candy cane into segments. I’ve added that step to the recipe.

2 Karon Larison { 12.14.12 at 11:37 am }

The way the recipe reads, it would only make one candy cane. However, it also says “them”. How would one divide up the finished candy to make more than one?

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