I have missed having hard candy to suck on since I have to eat gluten and corn free. My cousin use to make hard candy all the time and so I took her recipe and changed it to fit my needs. We made cinnamon hard candy the first time and though it doesn't exactly taste the same it is good and all of us including my husband, daughter, and grandkids liked it. The recipe is easy and I hope you will give it a try. Next we plan on substituting splenda instead of the sugar to see if it will work for a sugar free candy too. I will let you know how it works.
Cinnamon Hard Candy(gluten and corn free)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 1lb5oz jar Lundberg Sweet Dreams Brown Rice Syrup
1/4 tsp red food coloring
15 drops oil of cinnamon
You will need a candy thermometer
In a sauce pan combine sugar, jar of brown rice syrup, and food coloring. Heat over low heat till sugar is dissolved and first bubbles start. Insert candy thermometer making sure it doesn't touch sides and heat till it reaches 300 degrees then remove from heat and stir in cinnamon. We lined the counter with two thicknesses of parchment paper and carefully poured the mixture out on it spreading it thin. Let cool and then break into pieces. Be careful that the mixture doesn't get on you because it will burn very fast. You can use other colors and oils to make different flavors of candy instead of the cinnamon and red. White with peppermint would be good or green with spearmint. You can choose the color and flavor you like just remember to check the ingredients to make sure the flavors are safe for eating on a gluten and corn free diet.