Stained Glass Candy was always a tradition when I was growing up. To me, it always looked like the big stained glass windows in Church.
You can make this any flavor or color you want, I just happen to make 2 batches. One batch is Cinnamon and colored red and the other is Wintergreen which is colored green. I actually had to ask all of my family this year to see if they wanted Peppermint or Wintergreen, it was a resounding vote for the Wintergreen.
This recipe is so very simple. You will only need a couple of specialized things which are easily found. The first is a large non-stick pot. I like non-stick because it makes clean up much easier. The second is a candy thermometer . Finally, you will need either a flavored extract or flavoring oil I prefer the flavoring oil as it tends to be a bit stronger.
One thing I will say is that you need to keep an eye on this when it is cooking. One year my daughter Jessica and I were making it and walked outside for a moment, we walked back in to a house filled with smoke and the smoke detector going off. Needless to say, the candy was burnt and I actually ended up having to throw out the actual pot because we couldn’t get the hardened candy out. It still makes me laugh thinking about that little fiasco.
When it is hard and ready to break up, I use a meat mallet. It makes it much easier than trying to break it by hand
I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine does!
Stained Glass Candy
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 cups light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon flavoring oil or extract
- confectioners sugar for dusting
- Food Color as desired
Line a 15 x 11 inch sheet pan (1/2 sheet) with foil and lightly sift a light layer of confectioners sugar over foil
In a large non-stick pot combine granulated sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Insert candy thermometer into pot (make sure it is not touching the bottom of the pot but under the liquid). Increase heat to bring to a boil. Continue to boil until it reaches 300 degrees. (You do not stir while this is boiling)
Immediately remove from heat and stir in flavoring oil or extract and food color.
Pour onto the prepared pan and let cool completely.
When hard, break into bite size pieces.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 pounds of candy