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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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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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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!
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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!!
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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?
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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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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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.
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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!!!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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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Nan From United States
Candy Thermometer
September 25, 2019
I've used this recipe twice and love the quantity it makes. The 3 min. 15 sec. time seems iffy to me. I would feel more secure using a thermometer where I would be absolutely certain of the hard crack stage. So my question is...Can I use a candy thermometer to determine the exact temperature?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Nan! There are a few things to consider before choosing to use a thermometer. You want to avoid introducing stray undissolved sugar into your cooked batch, so putting a thermometer in and out of your batch as you cook might be a little risky. Doing so can also take up lots of extra time. As we are sure you know, when making hard candy, you need to work fast. Candy sets up quickly so fumbling with a thermometer might not be ideal. If you want to make certain your batch is reaching the hard crack stage, perhaps the stove-top method would be a better option.
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Teresa From United States
Too soft?
August 20, 2019
I haven't been able to find the right flavor- used a concentrated syrup instead. Candy didn't seem like it had reached the right stage after microwaving. I added 2 tbsp of syrup which I know was too much- was like a fruit roll up. Not sure how much longer to heat it or how to use syrup substitute.

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Teresa. Our recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of flavoring. Adding too much liquid after the sugar has cooked will keep the candy from properly setting up.
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Rose Du From United Kingdom
Hopefull
August 1, 2019
I am really excited for this recipe but I live in the uk which means it is very hard for me to get my hands on corn syrup is there any substitute? I have read and tested using lemon juice instead but that made for great candy for about 30 minutes until it becomes sticky and starts losing all detail

LorAnn's Response: Hello, Rose. If you are unable to purchase corn syrup, we recommend finding a hard candy recipe that uses Cream of Tartar. The acidity of Cream of Tartar will help create invert sugar which prohibits the formation of sugar crystals, yielding a smoother candy.
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Lea From Hawaii
It works!!!
July 4, 2019
This way works for me and super easy although I kinda tweaked at the timing you have here it seems too long 3 min. First try yes I burnt it but after it all came out Awesome just adjusted the timing. It's very quick and easy! Also the candy shop we have her had suggested to try this way. IT WORKS!
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Kim From Canada
Quesion
April 30, 2019
Can I use the hard candy mix in the microwave?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Kim! Great question. We do not recommend using the hard candy mixes in the microwave. If you would like to make candy using a microwave, check out our recipe (search item R0199). This recipe is for a smaller batch than what our packaged mixes will yield, but it is a batch size that is manageable in a microwave.
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Joseph From Ohio
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February 27, 2019
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