Do you like to give homemade gifts from your kitchen? Normally we think of cookies, bread, or rolls to bake, but sometimes, something a bit more simple, but still festive that is red and bursting with flavor is perfect Making old-fashion Cinnamon Rock Candy (also known as Cinnamon Hard Candy) will add some sweetness to your holiday gifts.
I’ve been making these candies since I was a teen. I have both a sweet tooth and a fondness for cinnamon, so this candy is a favorite. The way it looks in a glass jar, bright red and dusted with snow-white powdered sugar, will make you love it too!
Besides being called rock candy, you may be familiar with these sweet treats being called hard candy, broken glass candy, or maybe sugar candy. No matter what you call them they are all sweet and delicious.
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These pretty little candies look so festive in decorative mason jars or sitting on a buffet table for the holidays. If you manage not to eat them all, they make the perfect gifts for teachers, coworkers, the next-door neighbor, or even the dog walker. Who doesn’t love a gift of candy for the holidays?
Can you make other flavors of rock candy?
Why yes, you can! There are endless possibilities. I recommend using LorAnn's Flavoring Oils. There are so many flavors to choose from. Make sure to change the food coloring to match the flavor.
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You only need six ingredients
- Granulated Sugar
- Light Corn Syrup
- Cinnamon Oil
- Red Food Color
- Powdered Sugar
What is cinnamon oil?
- Made straight from cinnamon bark this is a highly concentrated oil.
- Compared to cinnamon extract, the oil is four times stronger than the extract.
- Cinnamon extract is made by dissolving cinnamon oil in alcohol and is useful for use in baking cookies, cake, icings, and cream desserts.
- It is better to use cinnamon oil in candy making because of the high heat that is required to make candy, the extract flavor will not hold up.
- I use LorAnn's Cinnamon Oil
Let’s make candy
Step 1. You definitely need a
Step. 2 Once your syrup reaches that magic boiling point, turn off the heat and add
Step 4. Once the candy is hardened sprinkle with powdered sugar, then put a piece of parchment or wax paper on top of the powdered sugar layer and flip the hard sheet of candy over. Remove the parchment paper and sprinkle more powdered sugar on top.
Step 5. Now for the fun part. Grab a heavy-duty spoon and tap on the candy sheet to break it into small pieces. This is my favorite part of making this candy.
Step 6. The final step is packaging up the candies. My favorite way is to put the candies in decorative mason jars with a red ribbon. These jars look pretty sitting on a holiday table or you can seal with the lid and give them as gifts.
The great thing about making this Cinnamon Rock Candy is that it leaves your kitchen smelling like….cinnamon!
More cinnamon-flavored desserts and treats
Caramel Apple Popcorn with Cinnamon – this sweet corn has bits of crispy apples throughout.
Try the Apple Cider Baked Apples with a rich cinnamon glaze for a special dessert.
Cinnamon Crescent Rolls are made with cottage cheese for a tender pastry.
Cinnamon Rock Candy
- Prepare a 13" x 9" cookie sheet. Grease the pan then put a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom and then grease the top of the parchment paper. Can use cooking spray.
- In a heavy saucepan combine the sugar, water and corn syrup and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once this mixture boils cover and cook for 3 minutes.
- Insert a candy thermometer to the pan and bring this mixture to 300 to 310 degrees F. This is the candy hard crack stage. This step will take around 30 minutes, but make sure you are watching the pan.
- Once the temperature is reached, turn off the heat, remove the thermometer (it will be very hot.) Add the cinnamon oil and red food coloring. Stir to combine.
- Pour the hot syrup onto the cookie sheet and spread close to the edges. Allow to cool for 4 hours.
- NOTE: the saucepan will be very hot. It is best to put the pan back on the stove burner to cool off.
- Sprinkle the candy with powdered sugar then lay a piece of parchment on top, flip over, remove the wax paper and sprinkle with more powdered sugar.
- With a heavy spoon, hit the candy to break into small pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Alternative for sprinkling with powdered sugar
- Break up the hardened candy sheet into desired sized pieces. Place in a plastic bag, add powdered sugar and shake to coat.
Wishing you a glorious holiday filled with all things sweet.
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