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Homemade Candy Canes

3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup water
3/4 cups light corn syrup
3/4 teaspoons red food coloring
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Combine the sugar, water, syrup and cream of tartar in a sauce pan and heat till the sugar has dissolved.

Divide mixture into 2 saucepans, bring to a boil (do not stir the mixtures in both pots) until the candy thermometer reads 280°F.

Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint into each pot and add the red food coloring into one pot, leaving the other pot plain.

Oil an enamel or marble surface or slab. Place mixture from one pot and stretch it like taffy, pulling and forming the mixture into a rope. Set aside and continue with other pot doing the same thing.

Take both red and white ropes and twist them around each other again and again. Cut into desired sizes and form into candy cane shapes.

Oil the surface lightly again and place candy canes and allow them to harden.

Have fun making these!

Peppermint Candy Canes

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
red food coloring

Cook sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar to a very hard ball stage (use candy thermometer: 250 to 265 degrees F.). Remove from heat and add peppermint. Divide into two parts and add red coloring to one part and mix well. Pull pieces of each part to form ropes and twist red around the white to make candy canes.

Yield: 1 dozen

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