your own candy canes recipe
Why buy candy canes
when you can make them at home yourself?
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
4 drops oil of peppermint or spearmint
4 drops red and/or green food coloring
In a saucepan,
simmer water, corn syrup and cream of tartar until it reaches
280 degrees with a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and
stir in the oil of peppermint or spearmint (you can also use
a different flavoring if you prefer).
Separate the syrup
mixture into two containers. Add red or green coloring to
one container, then add the other color or leave plain to
the second container. Stir to combine.
On lightly greased
sheets of wax or parchment paper, pour each container onto
it. Allow to cool slightly, about 1-2 minutes, until it is
cool enough to touch, then roll each color batch into a long
snake rope about 1/2" thick. Then take both ropes and
twist them into each other to create the candy cane effect.
Using scissors or sharp knife, cut into pieces about 6-8 inches
in length. Bend one end into a crook. Allow to set, then enjoy!