What’s Christmas without candy canes? Make a batch the traditional way with a family recipe that’s been handed down from generation to generation. A wonderful and inexpensive gift for carolers, co-workers, neighbors or teachers since it costs just a dollar to make a dozen.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
red food coloring
Cook sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar to a very hard ball stage (use candy thermometer: 250 to 265 degrees F.). Remove from heat and add peppermint. Divide into two parts and add red coloring to one part and mix well. Pull pieces of each part to form ropes and twist red around the white to make candy canes.