How to Make Hard Candy Without Corn Syrup

By Dana Poblete

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.

Hard candy
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Hardy candy

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.