Hard Candy Recipe - Microwave
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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
Average Rating: 4
Votes: 12
Reviews: 7

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
- 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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Total 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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Mikaylah From United States
Sugar substitute
March 20, 2022
I just made some hard candy on the stove today for the first time and it didn't go as I planned but it was pretty good for my first try! They were super tasty too! But since finding the microwave technique, I think I will try it that way. If I wanted to sub sugar for Splenda, do I measure the same?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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PeachyPa From DTRQL
Easy and yummy!!
January 19, 2022
Great recipe..easy to make and oh so yummy!! I love all the flavors that are available, l made 6 batches today and didn't have any failures. This is so much easier than standing at the stove and watching that thermometer!!!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Steven From United States
Burnt
January 2, 2022
First 2 batches turned out great but when i did the third batch it was super burnt and 4th batch was alil burnt but not as much as 3rd followed the exact same way as 1st 2 baches any advice?
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Rebecca Hermonat From United States
Love it!!!!
December 10, 2021
This was so easy. Had to adjust my power for my microwave (1000w). However I tried to use citric acid to make sour hard candy and it was chewy. How do I fix it?
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Pulliam Creek Farms From Harrisburg, Il
Worked great
November 23, 2021
If you double the recipe, double the amount of time between stirs. I also added my food coloring after the first microwave cycle.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Marty From TX
Excess
July 22, 2021
I've poured to much candy into the mold now I have excess. How do I remove the excess from the sucker?
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Amber From United States
Worked Great!
May 11, 2021
This recipe worked great! I reduced the power level to 70% on my 900 watt microwave and the recipe worked as normal.
It's super simple and easy to make, especially since it doesn't require a candy thermometer. Very delicious too!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Mack From United States
Good, but sticks to my teeth.
February 25, 2021
I made this with an 800 watt at 2:45 both times and used a breakaway mold. In the first batch I broke apart the pieces too early, the second one I let cool longer. Unfortunately, both batches stick to my teeth. Any tips for the next time I go around the block? They are stored in jars.

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Mack! It sounds like you aren't getting the sugar to the hard crack stage. Try bumping up your time just a little on the first interval.
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Annie From United States
Awesome!!!
February 10, 2021
I love this recipe so much! I did it with strawberry flavoring but it was a little too sweet...I wish there was a way to make it a little less sweet. Other than that absolutely love!!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Dylan From United States
Questions concerning small batch
January 29, 2021
If I wanted to make this small batch on the stovetop instead of the microwave, what would be the recommended heat settings? Also, about how much would this small batch yield altogether?
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Adriana Gauna From Texas
So yummy and easy
December 19, 2020
My daughter is obsessed making candy for her friends so easy and quick something she can be proud of ...love it so yummy
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Casie From United States
Recommendations
December 14, 2020
I have yet to use this recipe bc I do not want to waste any of my stuff to figure out the right time for it. I have a 1.7kw microwave and I would like to know a recommendation on how long I would need to cook it? I am gona give this a 5 star bc my aunt had made this back when I was younger.
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Tracie From United States
Yummmm!!!
December 11, 2020
I used your recipe to make Cinnamon hard candy. The easiest Homemade Hard Candy recipe ever. Was super intimidated by the stove top recipe version. No need for those recipes anymore. Thank you x 1 million for posting this.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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V.L. Kirkland From Cortland, OH
Microwave hard tack
October 29, 2020
I made many batches of various flavors for 2 years and will make it again this year. Everyone loved it .Even gave recipe to others. One person said it did not turn out. Told her before about her microwave wattage. Will try to help her out this year. Really great!!!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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h From United States
burnt my candy!
September 30, 2020
Skip step two! Any candy looked fine but I followed along with step two and my candy turned BLACK and BURNT and it tasted like ASH. Skip step two!

LorAnn's Response: Hello! Not all microwaves are the same, so it's important to be mindful of the wattage before you start cooking. If you don't have a 600-700 watt microwave, check out our stove top recipe.
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Rosie G. From United States
Elderberry Zinc Pops Accomplished!
April 24, 2020
This recipe worked great. Zinc lozenges are sold out so I used this recipe and put my carefully measured in Mg zinc gluconate powder in with the sugar. I used LorAnn's Lemon flavoring and a teaspoon of elderberry concentrate. Gorgeous purple color. Did another version subbing honey for LCS. Thanks!
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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Jenlen09 From Gillette Wyoming.
Oven hard candy!
January 11, 2020
Created this product on the stove. I had a hard time reaching the 300 degree mark. I put it on my sheet pan and it was still sticky. I placed my oven on 300 degrees and popped the pan in for a while longer. Took it out and it was hard. Does this take out the flavor?

LorAnn's Response: Hello! Flavor loss can occur through evaporation. If your candy is still steaming while it is in the oven, you will likely end up with candy that lacks a strong flavor. If your microwave isn't getting you the correct results, we recommend the stove-top recipe. This option is much less finicky as you will be using a thermometer to read the temperature.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Kay From United States
BURNT
January 4, 2020
Follow directions and time correctly... mix turned brown and burnt... very sad.

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Kay! We are sorry that this recipe didn't work well for you. Not all microwaves have the same power range. This recipe is designed to work in a standard household microwave with a power rating between 600-700 watts. If your microwave has a higher ranking, we suggest lowering the time, or using the stove-top recipe.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Vera From Utica,Indiana
Timing
December 18, 2019
I have a1000 watt microwave,so I just cut the time down to 3 minutes on each cycle....worked like a charm!
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D.J From United StatesVDGER
Recipe
November 22, 2019
I can't find the Hard Rock Candy recipe. It use to be on the Cinnamon Oil Pkg. Can you help me ?
Karo Syrup. ?
Red Food Coloring. ?
Cinnamon Oil. ?

LorAnn's Response: D.J., you will find the hard candy recipe on our website by searching item #R0194.
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