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Let's admit it... every now and then, we all love to nibble on candies. The sweet, delicious taste of hard candies has its own pleasure. Whenever you're working in the office, doing homework in your room, or sitting in the movie theater watching a movie, eating candies surely makes a perfect treat. But eating candies can have its downfall as well. Each little candy has a lot of sugar content which is not good for anyone's health. Now this doesn't mean you should stop enjoying a piece of candy now and then, but it is possible to avoid the excess intake of sugar. You can learn how to make hard candy without corn syrup. And if your next questions is 'how', then this article is the answer.

Hard Candy Recipes that Don't Require Corn Syrup

Even though corn syrup is added frequently while making candies, frosting, fudge, and other sugary treats, we can omit it from the ingredients' list altogether. There are few corn syrup substitutes which can be added instead to make the candies sweeter. The following recipes will tell you which ingredient can be substituted for corn syrup.

Hard Candy Recipe #1

Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Food coloring (your choice of color)
Directions
In a pot, mix 1 cup white sugar with 1 cup water. We need to keep 1 for 1 ratio of water and sugar. If you want to make more candies, just use more cups of water and sugar. Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat on. Place a candy thermometer inside to check when the temperature reaches till 300º F, add few drops of food coloring (depending on how dark or light you want the color to be). Mix all the ingredients properly. Once this temperature is reached, turn the heat off and remove the pot off the stove. Keep a cookie sheet on your workstation and place parchment paper over it. Pour the syrup mixture directly over the parchment paper and let the candy harden. After that, break the candy apart with your hands. You can even purchase sugar candy molds and pour the sugary syrup directly in them to get the various candy shapes.

Hard Candy Recipe #2

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup molasses
Directions
For our next recipe, take a pan and grease it with 1 tablespoon softened butter and keep it aside. Take a pan to mix molasses with white sugar and cider vinegar. Place the pan over low heat to dissolve sugar properly. Once dissolved, turn the heat up and place a thermometer in it to check the temperature. When the temperature reaches 245º F, add the molasses and 2 tablespoons butter in. Mix the ingredients properly so they don't stick to the bottom of the pan. Let the pan be on the stove so the temperature rises till 260º F. Remove the pan off the stove and add the baking soda now. Stir properly so the baking soda mixes well. Pour the candy mixture on the greased pan. Leave it on one side to cool down. We don't want the candy to cool down completely; just enough so you can roll it into long candy sticks. In this recipe, you can add few drops of food coloring if you want.

Hard Candy Recipe #3

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 1 teaspoon food coloring, (color your choice)
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • 2/3 cup honey
Directions
Place a cookie sheet on your workstation, spread confectioners' sugar over it, and keep it on the side. Take a pan to mix white sugar, water, and honey together. Place a candy thermometer in the pan and bring the ingredients to a boil. When the temperature reaches between 300º F and 310º F, remove the pan off the stove. Add peppermint oil and food coloring in. Mix everything properly and spread the candy mixture on top of the cookie sheet you had left aside. Leave the candy to cool down so that you can make different molds out of them. Make candy canes, round-shaped or even square-shaped candies. When the hard candies turn hard, have a bit or two.

Once you've tried them, go to another article on sugar free hard candies for more recipes. Now... weren't these hard candy recipes simple to follow? As you can see, the recipes didn't have any corn syrup in them. Instead, we used white sugar, honey, and molasses. All these ingredients can sweeten the candies, so you've got nothing to worry about.