A Stavres family Christmas tradition for 50 years. It began when we lived in Pennsylvania and our children were very young – way too young to handle 310 degree syrup!
So after the kids were put to bed, a neighbor and I made candy. It took about a week to make just a few flavors. As the children got older, they were able to help. As teenagers, their friends joined in. Now we make as many as 15 flavors which we put into small jars as gifts. In addition to children, spouses, grandchildren, and friends, we invite all who can operate scissors to help! A lot of work, but a ton of fun. Powdered sugar and sweetness everywhere!
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup Karo syrup
1 cup water
Stir all ingredients and cook until 310 degrees or hard crack. Add flavoring oil and coloring.
Pour on greased platter. Pull into strands and cut into pieces. Roll in powdered sugar. Yields 1 pound of finished candy.
~ Linda Stavres
Dear God, the story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus is precious to us. Like Mary, help us to ponder this great thing You have done. Like the shepherds, we adore this tiny child born to save His people from their sins. We make this prayer in the name of the Babe of Bethlehem. Amen.