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Here’s a tried-and-true hard candy recipe, straight from pages of Cooking for American Homemakers. I have used this gem for many years for lollypop making and it is first rate for making “medium:”
1 cup sugar 1/3 cup light corn syrup 2/3 cup water (herbal tea) vegetable coloring (optional)
Mix sugar, herbal tea and corn syrup and cook over low heat stirring until sugar is dissolved and mixture boils. Continue boiling without stirring until a small amount is very brittle when dropped into cold water. Wash away crystals from side of pan with a damp cloth. Cook slowly at end so that syrup will not discolor. Remove from heat and add color. Either drop quickly from tip of a spoon onto a greased surface or into prepared hard candy molds. Allow to harden and cool completely before removing. You can roll them in powdered sugar and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper for storage.
For gift giving, why not add a personal touch by pressing some of fresh herbs between waxed paper and use to decorate or wrap your gift box. Add a nice tag listing herbs that you used for a professional look.
Cathy O is a successful author who provides recipes for and information on candy and lollipops. "In addition to being a freelance writer, I also dabble in Aromatherapy, Herbalism and painting when I am so inspired. Living in the Lake region of Western Maine has been of tremendous inspiration to me and I am proud and happy to call it home."