Everybody knows kids love candy, but there’s something they love even more: candy they made themselves! That’s my experience, anyway. When I was a kid, my mother taught me how to make candy at home, and I was so excited by the idea of making candy from scratch that I thought it was the tastiest thing ever.
Now that I’m a parent, I have the opportunity to teach my children the same thing. They’re finally at that stage where they can “help” me cook by stirring and pouring, so I decided to look up some candy recipes online. That’s when I came across a simple candy recipe on one of my favorite Youtube channels, Big Family Homestead.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2/3 cup of light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup of water
- Flavoring (I recommend this variety pack)
Here are the directions:
- Pour the sugar, corn syrup, and water into a pan.
- Stir occasionally while bringing it to 260°F (constantly monitor with a thermometer).
- Stop stirring and let it get up to 300°F.
- As soon as it’s at 300°F, remove from heat and stir your flavoring into it.
- Pour it onto a cookie sheet (or another form). Be VERY careful. This mixture is hot, and if it gets on your skin, it will stick to you and burn. Don’t lick the spoon either!
- Let it cool for at least 15 minutes, then slice it into pieces with a pizza cutter.
- Put it in the freezer. When it’s nice and cold, break it up into pieces and dust it with powdered sugar so it doesn’t all stick together.
Depending on your children’s age, you might only let them help with steps 1, 6, and 7 so they don’t accidentally burn themselves. Watch the video below to see it done.