Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cinnamon Rock Candy


Nothing says Merry Christmas like delicious cinnamon rock candy! I learned to make this after my husband and I became married. He has wonderful childhood memories of his Grandmother who would make this for him during the holidays as he grew up! She is such a wonderful woman and will be turning 100 in January! Simply amazing to me. So now I carry on her tradition for my husband and our own children of having the cinnamon rock candy! Make sure to use cinnamon oil, cinnamon flavor will not be strong enough. Cinnamon oil can usually be found at craft stores or specialty stores with the candy making supplies. Enjoy!

Grease a 15 inch x 10 inch x 1 inch cake sheet pan well with butter, then line with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper. Make sure to butter the edges very well to prevent the candy from seeping underneath.
The huge bag of sugar for all the bake goods and candy I am working on!
I keep a bowl of cold water next to me when I am working with boiling sugar just in case it is on my skin I can plunge my hand in real quick. Be careful the sugar is like hot tar. I have yet to ever get it on my skin but I figure better safe then sorry!
Mix water, sugar, light corn syrup and food coloring in a deep large pan. Whisk until sugar dissolves over medium high heat. Then attach a candy thermometer to the side, try to keep the thermometer from touching the bottom of the pan for an accurate temperature. I wish I would have used a deeper pan, I almost had a close call as it started to boil. I had to quickly remove it from the heat and whisk until it had subsided enough to not boil over. I then returned it to medium high heat.
Cook until the sugar mixture registers 300 degree's on the candy thermometer.
Remove from heat. Remove thermometer and add the 1 teaspoon cinnamon oil. Whisk in, working quickly. Tip: I keep my hood vent on and face away as I add it or it can feel worse then onions as it is very strong. 1 teaspoon makes a fairly mild cinnamon candy if you like yours hot feel free to add another teaspoon, I try to keep mine kid friendly.
Pour on to greased baking sheet. Allow to cool for 4 hours.
After 4 hours dust with powdered sugar. Flip candy out of the pan onto a large cutting board and remove parchment paper. Place back into cake pan.
Use the tip of a sharp knife to break candy into bit size pieces. Dust the top of the candy with more powdered sugar and store in air tight container. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Rock Candy

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Cinnamon Rock Candy
Prep time: PT10M
Cook time: PT20M
Total time: PT30M
Yield: 20 Servings
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Food Coloring (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Oil (2 teaspoons for spicy)
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Butter a 15 inch x 10 inch x 1 inch cake sheet pan.
  2. Line with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper, making sure the edges of the parchment paper are well buttered to prevent the candy from seeping underneath.
  3. In a large deep sauce pan combine water, sugar, corn syrup and food coloring. Mix over medium high heat until sugar starts to dissolve. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan making sure it does not touch the bottom of pan for an accurate temperature.
  4. Continue to boil until sugar mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage) about 20 minutes. Watch closely, if mixture starts to boil to close to the edge of pan remove from heat and stir until bubbles subside and then return to medium high heat.
  5. Once mixture reaches 300 degrees remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon oil, working quickly. Keep face away from the mixture as it is strong like onions and keep area well ventilated.
  6. Pour immediately into prepared pan. Allow to cool for 4 hours.
  7. After 4 hours dust the top of candy with powdered sugar. Flip candy over onto a large cutting board or cookie sheet and remove parchment paper. Return candy to the pan and use the tip of a sharp knife to break candy into bite size pieces. Dust with more powdered sugar and store in a airtight container.


  1. Looks and sounds like a perfect Christmas treat. :)

  2. This definitely brings up memories - I love rock candy but never tried making it on my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. If you want different flavors and colors use different flavor oils ex. bannana and yellow food coloring .

  4. My grandma used to make this candy every christmas. We knew the holidays were close when we found this at her house. She never used a candy thermometor though. She just used a cup of cold water and would every little bit drizzle some in the water. When it made a cracking noise she knew it was ready for flavoring and would finish the recipie. It always worked. I now do it this way and never have any trouble. So if you dont have a thermometor perhaps try this. It should work.

    1. Awesome so the sound it makes... Does it sound the same as when you sprinkle water in grease to see if its ready?

  5. Hi Just curious as to whether this same recipe could be used with other flavor oils such as maybe peppermint, licorice(anise), lemon, or any berry flavor with appropriate food color to match??Thanks! Looks like FUN!

  6. OOPS! I missed that first comment on my same question! Sorry!

  7. My mom used to make this when I was a kid. Different colors & flavors too. She called it Sea Glass. I would come downstairs and there'd be a whole bunch of it on the counter. Yum!

  8. Would this work to coat an apple for candy apples?

    1. It would but I would only cook it probably to firm ball stage like 250 degrees for a somewhat sticky outside coating.

  9. We make this every year and use LorAnn flavoring oils.

    1. Hello!
      What quantité of LorAnn flavoring oils do you use?
      I've tried to make some a few years ago but I think either my thermometer was "off" or my receipy wasn't quite it: it never came out clear....

    2. Most flavoring oils will be used the same way. They are much stronger then extracts. I would start out with a teaspoon for milder candy 2 for stronger. Candy flavoring oils are much stronger then extracts.

  10. Never heard about this ..Wonderful recipe serena..

  11. Can you use ground cinnamon instead????

    1. No it needs to be cinnamon oil or candy oil. I don't think ground cinnamon would work. -Serena


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