Hard candy is something my dad makes every year to give away as Christmas presents. This year I volunteered myself to make it- and it was a pretty awful experience. The candy was delicious, and it made a lot, and it was relatively simple- but it took ages to make all of the different flavors. Just be careful when putting in the flavoring. Anything minty will burn the hell out of your nose.
1 cup water
3 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 tablespoon flavor extract (or you can get flavoring in little bottles, 1 bottle of that works)
Food Coloring ~ however much it takes to make it the color you want!
1. Lightly grease one 12×18 inch or larger baking sheet.
2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the water, sugar and corn syrup. Heat over high, stirring constantly with a heat resistant spoon, until all sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring and bring to a boil. Boil until a candy thermometer reads 310 degrees F (154 degrees C). Remove from heat, stir in flavoring and food coloring.
3. Pour onto greased surface. Allow to cool. After cooling, pop sheet of candy from baking pan. Wipe the grease off of the pan, and off of the candy.
4. Take knife handle and tap sheet of candy- it should crack into pieces. Crack pieces of candy over a bowl. After all of the candy is broken into small pieces, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and toss candy in it.