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Hard Candy Christmas #FantasticalFoodFight

It's Food Fight time and we are sharing CANDY ideas for you this month!  Thanks to our host, Sarah, from Fantastical Food Fight for putting this together for us each month.  I have contemplated on what I wanted to make for you, from Eggnog Fudge to a Christmas version of Easter Fudge or maybe some of these suckers. The suckers won!

Free-formed hard candy lollipops in a vase, on a white table with a red poinsettia.

I have always wanted to make hard candy, but I hate the mess and how long it takes. So when I found this microwaved version, I was SOLD!  Look at how easy this is!

Hard Candy

1 c sugar
1/2 c white corn syrup
1 t flavoring (if desired)
1 t food coloring (if desired)
Sprinkles if desired

Prepare a pan with foil sprayed with cooking spray. If you are using sucker sticks, be sure to have them nearby.  In a heavy glass container, add sugar and corn syrup.  Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 3 minutes. Remove plastic (THIS IS HOT!  NOT FOR CHILDREN!!) Stir with a wooden or metal spoon (the metal spoon will get hot.) Recover with NEW plastic wrap and microwave 2 minutes 45 seconds. Take out of the microwave and stir.  Add coloring, stir, and flavoring, stir.  Working quickly but safely, pour the candy in dollops to make suckers or in a long puddle to make hard candies. I had my daughter close by to help me insert the sticks.

My daughter, Ashley, taste-testing a lollipop.

Isn't she cute?  You must have a taste tester for research. Yes, you do. You can use a candy mold as well, but I haven't tried this.

We purposely set out to make free-form suckers.  We love their shape! For those of you who cannot take this crazy idea, there are sucker molds, too!

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