Corn syrup might seem like a key ingredient in making hard candy, but it's not even necessary. Making hard candy with straight sugar couldn't be easier.

Combine ingredients

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a pot. (To increase, use a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water.)

Monitor temperature

Stick the candy thermometer into the solution to monitor the temperature.


Bring the sugar syrup to a boil, up to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally.

Prepare cookie sheet

Set out a cookie sheet and cover it with wax paper.


Carefully pour a drizzle of the sugar syrup over the cookie sheet. The syrup hardens almost immediately upon contact with the air and produces sugar candy.


Purchase a mold for sugar candy if you want the candy to have different shapes.