This vintage recipe of how to make stained glass old fashioned hard candy was first published in an article by Farm Journal in 1966. “Make it, color it, mold it, hang it. Trick for shaping molds: Wrap foil around cookie cutters”–Indiana
Make Stained Glass Old Fashioned Hard Candy Recipe
2 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
Few drops oil of peppermint extract (feel free to use different flavored extracts)
5 or 6 foil molds
Cut aluminum foil in shapes of stars, bells and trees. Grease foil lightly with salad oil. Fold up edges to make 1/2″ sides. Seal corners with freezer tape to prevent leaks.
Combine sugar, syrup, water and vinegar in saucepan. Boil to hard crack stage (300°). Remove from heat, stir in flavoring and color; cool slightly.
Pour colored candy into mold, about 1/8″ deep; spoon to cover bottom. When candy begins to set (before it hardens) use skewer to make holes for hanging. Allow candy to harden thoroughly; remove foil. Thread with ribbon or cord to hang. (Or you may pour the candy onto greased cookie sheet to make free-form shapes.) If candy becomes too firm to pour and shape, remelt over low heat (do not boil).
Tips: Try unusual combinations: Swirl food color through uncolored candy with a toothpick just after pouring it into molds; make molded candies of one color and dribble with a second color to get an elegant “stained glass” effect. Make small candies for hanging on a Christmas tree, larger ones for other decorations. Cover candy ornaments with plastic wrap and store in covered container at room temperature in a dry place; keep flat to prevent warping.
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