Monday, March 2, 2009

Glass Candy

Glass Candy

1 Pound Candy

This is a surprisingly easy recipe and takes practically no time at all. The candies are delicious, and they really do look like broken pieces of glass. A great holiday treat! They would make great windows for gingerbread houses as well.

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
¼ tsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp extract or 1 tsp flavored oil
Liquid food coloring
Powdered sugar

Butter sides of a large saucepan. Combine sugar, water and cream of tartar in pan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Using a pastry brush dipped in hot water, wash down any sugar crystals on sides of pan. Attach candy thermometer to pan, making sure thermometer does not touch bottom of pan. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches hard-crack stage (about 300-310 degrees). Test about ½ tsp mixture in ice water. Mixture will form brittle threads in ice water and will remain brittle when removed from the water. Remove from heat and stir in extract or oil and a few drops food coloring. Pour mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Cool completely.Break candy into pieces. Roll pieces in powdered sugar, shaking off excess sugar. Store in an airtight container.

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