Basic Hard Candy Glaze Recipe

Basic Hard Candy Clear Glaze Recipe

This recipe is great for making gourmet popcorn, popcorn balls, nut brittles, and even candy apples.  It is very shiney if done right-and shine sells!  Please read our post about making shiney hard candy glazes before taking this recipe on.  You do not need to make candied apples, you can skip the apples to just focus on the glaze which is the subject of this article.  When makign nut brittles, th eexception would be nuts go right in the cooking process!  And a little baking soda (I know–why?) is added for a fluffier final product.


  • 6 Apples
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1  cup of water


  1. Wash apples carefully to remove any wax the grocer may have used to help sell the fruit, pat dry.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Insert wooden sticks into whole apples with the stem removed.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads.
  4. Remove from heat and any flavor, if applicable.
  5. Holding apple by its stick, dip in syrup and remove and turn to coat evenly.
  6. Place on prepared sheets to harden.

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