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How Do You Make Homemade Candy Canes?

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Candy canes are a sweet treat, commonly enjoyed during the Christmas season. Making homemade candy canes is a project the whole family can enjoy. This method requires only a few household ingredients, and can be completed in about an hour. This recipe for making homemade candy canes yields between 12 and 18 pieces, depending on the length that they are cut. Mix ½ cup of water, 3 cups of sugar, ¾ cup of corn syrup and ¼ tsp. of cream of tartar in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour half of the sugar mixture into a separate, equally sized pan. Use a cooking thermometer to monitor the temperature. Heat both pans until the mixtures reach 280 degrees F. Do not stir during this step. Add ½ tsp. of peppermint extract to each pan. Mix ¾ tsp. of red food coloring into only one of the pans. Apply a light coat of vegetable oil to a large, heavy-duty, plastic cutting board. Pour the contents of one pan onto the board and let it sit until it reaches a ... more
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