Pieces of Emerald

Kids will be amazed that you can make hard candy at home. If you don’t like peppermint flavor, try coconut, orange or lemon extract instead. Boiling sugar is an adults-only job, but children can dust on the confectioners’ sugar and crack the finished candy.

Sharon Bowers

Pieces of Emerald

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    2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
    3/4 cup light corn syrup 4 drops green food coloring
    1/2 cup water confectioners' sugar


    Prep: 5 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with butter. Put the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 302 degrees F (hard crack stage).

    • 2

      Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine, then quickly pour the mixture in the center of the baking sheet. It will spread into a wide pool.

    • 3

      Lightly sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar before the mixture is fully set, then let it cool completely. Use your hands to lift the hardened sheet of candy and give it a sharp crack on the baking sheet to break it into bite-size pieces. Toss with a little additional confectioners’ sugar to coat each piece and prevent them sticking together. Store in an airtight tin.

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