*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                               Crystal Candy
 
 Recipe By     : Country Home, 12/95
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Candy
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      cups          sugar
    1      cup           light corn syrup
      1/2  cup           water
      1/4  teaspoon      desired food coloring
                         a few drops oil of cinnamon,
                         oil of peppermint, or
                         oil of wintergreen
 
 Line 8x8x2 baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.
 Butter foil & set pan aside. Butter sides of heavy 3-qt saucepan. In
 saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook over med-high heat
 to boiling, about 5 min, stirring constantly with wooden spoon to
 dissolve sugar. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip
 candy thermometer to side of pan. Cook over med heat, stirring
 occasionally, until thermometer registers 290°, soft-crack stage, 20-25
 min. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire
 surface. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer from saucepan.
 
 Quickly stir in desired food coloring and flavoring. Immediately pour
 mixture into prepared pan. Let stand 5-10 min or until film forms over
 surfaces of candy. 
 
 Using broad spatula, begin marking candy by gently pressing line acress
 surface, 1/2 from one edge of pan. Do not break through film on
 surface. Repeat pressing 1/2 along other 3 edges of pan, intersecting
 lines of corners to form squares.  If candy does not hold shape, it is
 not cool enough. Let stand a few minutes & start again.
 
 Continue marking lines along all sides, 1/2 apart, until you reach
 center. Retrace lines, pressing spatula deeper but not breaking film on
 surface. Repeat until spatula can be pressed to bottom along all
 lintes. Cool completely. Use foil to lift candy out of pan; break into
 squares. Store covered. 
 
 Makes about 1 1/2 lbs. of candy.
 
 To make molded candies, oil hard candy molds. Quickly pour mixture into
 molds. Cool 10 min. or until firm. Invert; twist molds until candies
 come out. Cool completely.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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