While corn syrup may be used to make hard candy, it is by no means necessary. If you wish to make your own sugar candy at home, you do not need to rely on corn syrup to give hard candy its consistency.
Things You'll Need
Pour 1 cup of sugar into a pot and pour 1 cup of sugar over it. To make hard candy, you can use any 1 for 1 ratio of sugar and water.
Stick the candy thermometer into the solution so you can monitor the temperature.
Bring the sugar syrup up to a boil, bringing up to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally.
Set out a cookie sheet and cover it with wax paper.
Carefully pour a drizzle of the sugar syrup over the cookie sheet. The drizzle of sugar syrup hardens almost immediately upon contact with the air and produces sugar candy.
Purchase a mold for sugar candy if you want your candy to have different shapes.
References and ResourcesBaking 911: Candy 101
Ochef: How to Make Candy Without Corn Syrup
What's Cooking America: Basic Simple Syrup Recipe - How To Make Simple Syrup