I've been busy in the kitchen making huge batches of old fashioned holiday candy for a local craft bazaar ....& some for gift-giving too.
I use an old family recipe, but if you'd like to try making hard candy, there are some recipes printed within the packaging of some of the flavor oils you can buy in the candy & cake decorating sections of your local craft store.
Besides the ingredients you'll need to make the candy & the flavor oils, you just need a heavy pot, a candy thermometer, kitchen shears for cutting the candy, a cast iron skillet to pour the melted candy onto, powdered sugar to keep the pieces from sticking to one another after it's cut, & jars to store the candy in.
Each of the jars is embellished with a label I created which has a drawing of my hubby's grandma on it. (it was her recipe after all...so credit is given where credit is due)
...a tag is also added to each jar with twine... calling out the flavors included in each mix.
I absolutely love making it! You can just imagine how the smell of candy just fills the entire house! It smells like Christmas to me...& it lingers too for a couple of days!
If you're local to the Dayton, Ohio area... you can get some! It's available now at the State Road Methodist Church in Germantown... 15020 State Rt. 725... the craft bazaar is going on today & tomorrow!
It makes a great holiday gift for a hostess, teacher, coworker, friend, & family.