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Hard Candy Recipe - Microwave

Hard Candy Recipe - Microwave

Product Code: R0199

This quick-cook method is perfect for making small batches of hard candy or lollipops.

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RECIPE TIP:  For easy clean-up, soak measuring cup and utensils in hot, soapy water until hardened syrup is dissolved.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
½ dram LorAnn Super-Strength Flavoring (1/2 tsp.*) (as desired)
Hard candy molds (optional)
LorAnn liquid food coloring (as desired)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Sucker bags & twist ties (optional)
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*Please note that our Cinnamon, Clove and Peppermint flavors are particularly potent. You may wish to reduce the amount used for these flavors

DIRECTIONS

Have all ingredients and tools assembled and within easy reach of the microwave. Use only metal measuring and mixing spoons - do not use plastic. Lightly spray cookie sheet* or the cavities of clean, dry candy molds with cooking spray (we recommend PAM). Insert sucker sticks. If using molds, you may also want to spray a piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. If after pouring the candy into the molds you have excess candy, you can pour it onto the foil.

  1. Thoroughly mix sugar and light corn syrup in a 4-cup microwave-safe glass measure designed for high temperatures (such as Pyrex). Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap (Glad Press'n Seal works well). Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.** 
  2. Remove from the microwave and carefully remove plastic wrap avoiding any rising steam. Quickly stir the sugar mixture and then cover with a NEW sheet of plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.** 
  3. Remove from microwave, carefully remove plastic wrap - USE CAUTION as very hot steam will build up under the wrap.  After boiling has ceased, use a clean spoon to stir in coloring and then flavoring. 
  4. Pour syrup quickly, but carefully using a spoon to control flow, onto prepared cookie sheet and foil or into the waiting molds. If not using molds, when the sugar mixture begins to set up, you may want to score with a large knife to mark squares. Break into pieces when cool. Do not refrigerate. 
  5. Cool completely. Lightly dust with powdered sugar on both sides, brushing off excess. Break into small pieces. Store in airtight containers between waxed paper. If making lollipops, place into sucker bags and secure with twist ties. Always store hard candy in a dry place at cool room temperature, never in the refrigerator. 
* Another alternative is to pour the hot candy onto a heat-resistant surface covered in powdered sugar. When the candy is slightly cooled, it can be cut with well-oiled scissors into pillow-shaped pieces.

** All microwaves are not created equal. This recipe is designed to work in a standard household microwave with a power rating between 600-700 watts. Mini-microwaves and/or commercial microwaves are not recommended.

Hard Candy Recipe - Microwave version


Hard Candy Recipe - Microwave version
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Make hard candy and lollipops in minutes using the microwave oven.
Ingredients
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- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ½ dram LorAnn Super-Strength Flavoring (1/2 tsp.*) (as desired)
- Hard candy molds (optional)
- LorAnn liquid food coloring (as desired)
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- Sucker bags & twist ties (optional)Prep time:
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Microwave Hard Candy Recipe


Microwave Hard Candy Recipe
By
This quick-cook method is perfect for making small batches of hard candy or lollipops.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ dram LorAnn Super-Strength Flavoring (1/2 tsp.*) (as desired)
  • Hard candy molds (optional)
  • LorAnn liquid food coloring (as desired)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
  • Sucker bags & twist ties (optional)
1. Have all ingredients and tools assembled and within easy reach of the microwave. Use only metal measuring and mixing spoons - do not use plastic. Lightly spray cookie sheet* or the cavities of clean, dry candy molds with cooking spray (we recommend PAM). Insert sucker sticks. If using molds, you may also want to spray a piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. If after pouring the candy into the molds you have excess candy, you can pour it onto the foil.2. Thoroughly mix sugar and light corn syrup in a 4-cup microwave-safe glass measure designed for high temperatures (such as Pyrex). Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap (Glad Press'n Seal works well). Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.**3. Remove from the microwave and carefully remove plastic wrap avoiding any rising steam. Quickly stir the sugar mixture and then cover with a NEW sheet of plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.**4. Remove from microwave, carefully remove plastic wrap - USE CAUTION as very hot steam will build up under the wrap. After boiling has ceased, use a clean spoon to stir in coloring and then flavoring.5. Pour syrup quickly, but carefully using a spoon to control flow, onto prepared cookie sheet and foil or into the waiting molds. If not using molds, when the sugar mixture begins to set up, you may want to score with a large knife to mark squares. Break into pieces when cool. Do not refrigerate.6. Cool completely. Lightly dust with powdered sugar on both sides, brushing off excess. Break into small pieces. Store in airtight containers between waxed paper. If making lollipops, place into sucker bags and secure with twist ties. Always store hard candy in a dry place at cool room temperature, never in the refrigerator.
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britney From canada
safety concern
March 2, 2018
the recipe and ratings look great however be EXTREMELY careful!!
i burnt skin off 3 of my fingers from trying to take the cling wrap off after the mixture cooked the second time.

LorAnn's Response: Hello, Britney. We sincerely apologize that you were hurt while making this recipe. We appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your experience. Steam does build up under the plastic wrap during cooking. We have revised our recipe to include a warning when removing the plastic wrap as well as suggesting that a microwave-safe wrap be used. Thank you for the opportunity to help us keep our customers safe and informed.
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Angela From United States
Microwave Version
December 29, 2017
When I first used your microwave instructions to make hard candy it worked perfectly in the microwave I had. (I don't know what wattage it was.) Then I bought a new microwave that is higher in wattage and now it burns the candy. I've tried cooking it at different wattages, but I can't find the right
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Barb From Paris, KY
Love this recipe
December 16, 2017
I have used this recipe for the microwave hard candy for more then 20 years and it turns out PERFECT each time...

LorAnn Response: Thank you for the kind note! Since all microwaves are not created equal in terms of power, people do sometimes need to adjust the recommended cooking time up or down just a little to end up with perfect candy. The good news is that once you’ve found that perfect cooking time for your microwave, the recipe does end up working very well each and every time. By the way, we don’t recommend doubling the batch size in the microwave as this too will impact the microwave’s ability to cook the entire candy mixture to the hard crack stage.
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Sandi From Brockville Ontario Canada
burnt
December 2, 2017
A great idea and I will try it again when I get more lolipop sticks Sorry I wasted good flavour sugar and syrup because the finished product had a burnt sugar taste

LorAnn Response: Sorry the microwave recipe did not work for you on the first try. We find people do sometimes need to adjust the cooking time a little to find that perfect balance between fully cooked candy and slightly burnt.
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renee' From United States
microwave small batch hard candy
November 13, 2017
This recipe used only 3 ingredients and was quick and easy. I find that making the smaller batch of rock candy was safer than working over the hot stove burner and trying to manage a candy thermometer too!
You have a real winner in this recipe. Thankyou for your quality products.
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Delicious Hard candy From United States
GREAT!
July 28, 2017
WE loved it and it worked really well. Only catch, be careful if you have a high wattage microwave. We have a 1000 watt and burnt the first batch. So, microwave only 2 minutes the second time and it was perfect!!! Thanks Loranne oils!!
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