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If you think homemade candy is too hard to make, this Cinnamon Candy recipe will change your mind. Our fail-proof recipe will walk you through the steps to make the perfect candy pieces.
It costs approximately $6.88 to make this candy. The recipe makes twenty-four servings and costs about $0.28 per serving.
The trick to making these cinnamon candies is in the technique. Using a candy thermometer, we show you exactly how to get the candy to the right temperature for the hard crack stage. Kids and adults alike love being able to crack the candy.
This cinnamon hard candy recipe is perfectly sweet and spicy. It uses six simple ingredients and makes a great addition to cookie trays and for gifting to friends and family.
Everyone will be thanking you for making this festive and yummy treat.
What You’ll Love About Cinnamon Candy:
- Vintage Recipe: This old-fashioned recipe takes you back to childhood and reminds you of baking in your Grandma’s kitchen. It is a classic treat everyone loves.
- Fun To Make: Grab the kids! They will love using a mallet to smash the candy into smaller pieces.
- Gifting: This is the perfect holiday treat to wrap up and deliver to friends and family. These cinnamon-hard candies are a unique treat, perfect for any occasion.
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 3 ¾ cups granulated sugar – $1.14
- 1 cup water – $0.00
- 1 ¼ cups light corn syrup – $1.81
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring – $0.50
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon candy oil – $3.33
- ¼ cup powdered sugar – $0.10
The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained. The pricing for this recipe was updated in November 2023.
How To Make Cinnamon Candy:
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- First, butter the bottom of a 13×18-inch baking sheet and line it with parchment paper, and then butter the top of the parchment paper.
- Next, mix the water, corn syrup, sugar, and food coloring until the sugar dissolves in a large deep pot over medium-high heat.
- Bring the sugar mixture to a light boil without stirring until the mixture reaches 300 degrees F.
- Then, remove the pot from the heat and add cinnamon oil.
- Pour the candy onto the cookie sheet and let it cool for four hours.
- Finally, sprinkle the top of the candy with powdered sugar and use a mallet to break the candy into bite-sized pieces.
STORE: Store the candy in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.
FREEZE: This cinnamon rock candy doesn’t freeze well, so we do not recommend freezing it.
Cinnamon Candy Recipe FAQs:
The cinnamon oil is what gives this cinnamon candy its flavor. You can find it at Walmart.
Our recipe uses six simple ingredients: sugar, water, light corn syrup, red food coloring, cinnamon candy oil, and powdered sugar. You most likely have most of these ingredients in your pantry!
Get Kids Involved:
Ages 2-3: Have your child collect the kitchen tools and ingredients needed for the recipe. This is a great way to introduce them to various utensils and begin learning where they go.
Ages 4-5: Your child can assist by pre-measuring the ingredients and having them ready to stir into the large pot.
Ages 6-8: Give your kids the mallet and let them break the candy into smaller pieces. They will love this hands-on activity.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe unsupervised while you do the happy dance in the corner!
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- 3 ¾ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 ¼ cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon candy oil
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
PREP BAKING SHEET:
- Butter the bottom of a rimmed 13” x 18” baking sheet and then line it with parchment paper.
- Butter the top of the parchment paper.
BOIL CANDY MIXTURE:
- In a large, deep pot over medium-high heat, mix the water, corn syrup, sugar, and food coloring until the sugars dissolve.
- Bring to a light boil, and do not stir. If the bubbles reach the outer rim of the pot, take the pot off the heat, turn down the heat, stir it, and then return the pot to the burner.
- Use a candy thermometer and boil the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees F (hard crack stage).
- If you do not have a candy thermometer, boil the mixture for at least 20 minutes. Then, take a cup of cold water and drop a teaspoon of candy into the cold water. If it turns solid and it feels like hard candy, then it’s ready. If it is not hard, boil it until it reaches the hard crack stage.
FLAVOR THE CANDY:
- Remove the pot from the heat and add in the cinnamon oil. *Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and keep your face away while mixing in the oil.
- Pour the candy onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Let set and cool for 4 hours.
- Sprinkle the top of the candy with powdered sugar.
- Use a mallet or a meat tenderizer to break the pieces to your desired size.