Old fashioned homemade hard tack candy spilling from a Mason type canning jar.  The powdered sugar lends a softness to the otherwise hard edges.

Old fashioned homemade hard tack candy spilling from a Mason type canning jar. The powdered sugar lends a softness to the otherwise hard edges.

Pioneer Hard Candy

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Ingredients

  • 2 C Pioneer® Sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 2/3 C honey
  • 1 tsp peppermint oil
  • 1 tsp food coloring, (color your choice)
  • ½ – 1 C Pioneer® Confectioners Powdered Sugar

Directions

  1. Place a cookie sheet on your workstation, cover with aluminum foil. Sprinkle with Pioneer® Confectioners Powdered Sugar; set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven add Pioneer® Sugar, water, and honey together. Place a candy thermometer in the pan and bring the ingredients to a boil. When the temperature reaches between 300° F and 310° F, remove from heat. Add peppermint oil and food coloring. Mix well.
  3. Spread the candy mixture on top of the prepared pan. Leave the candy to cool. When cool, break into small pieces. Dust with more powdered sugar, if desired.
 

Cooks Note

Use a variety of different flavors and food coloring when making big batches. This recipe can also be used in different molds, i.e. candy canes, stars, round or square shapes or even hearts.
 
 
 

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