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NORMAL CHEF: Cinnamon Rock Candy

Easter, for me is a beautiful celebration of faith, and after that I love all things about the Easter Bunny, baskets, and candy. This year my grandson got to help Grandma help make Rock Candy he really enjoyed breaking it. Giggling the whole time, saying I broke it. Don't forget that for me the holidays are about family, so I try to make them as interactive as I can. In the picture you will see a lot of chocolate suckers we made with molds, when you can go to the craft store and buy them when they are on sale, it is always a fun project to do with family. But for this column, we are doing rock candy which requires a 15x10 pan and a candy thermometer. Don't let it fool you it's a lot easier to make than you think.

Line a 15x10 with aluminum foil, and butter it and said it aside.

Cinnamon Rock Candy

  • 1c water
  • 3 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4c light corn syrup
  • 1 t.red liquid food color
  • 1 t. Cinnamon oil
  • 1/3 confectioners sugar

In large heavy saucepan, combine all ingredients, except cinnamon oil. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, cover and cook 3 minutes to dissolve sugar crystals. Uncover and cook on medium heat without stirring until candy thermometer reads 300, the hard crack stage, about 25 minuter. Remove from heat and pour in cinnamon oil, ( keep face averted as oil is very strong ), . Immediately pour onto prepared pan. Cool completely, about 45 minutes. Break candy with a metal mallet, and then sprinkle both sides with powder sugar, and store in an air tight container. Yield 2#

Natilie Cavnar is a cooking fanatic who loves to try new recipes, and create some of her own, ask her what you want at thenormalchef@gmail.com.