How to Make Homemade Candy Canes: Candy Temperatures for a Holiday Treat


Gather Your Ingredients:To create delectable homemade candy canes, you'll need sugar, corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, red food coloring, and a candy thermometer. 

Prepare Your Workstation:Clear your kitchen counter, lay out parchment paper, and have a bowl of ice water ready for cooling the candy mixture. 

Mix Sugar and Corn Syrup:In a saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring until it reaches 260°F on your candy thermometer. 

Add Peppermint Flavor:Once the mixture reaches 260°F, remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract. Be prepared for a burst of delightful fragrance! 

Divide and Color:Split your candy mixture in half. Add red food coloring to one half, giving it that classic candy cane hue. 

Twist the Colors:Roll out each colored candy on parchment paper, then twist them together while they're still pliable. 

Shape the Canes:Roll the twisted candy into a rope and form it into cane shapes. Work quickly before it hardens.