Use a microwave-safe bowl that will hold at least 4 cups. Mix the granulated sugar and the light corn syrup in your bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and zap in the microwave for about 3 minutes; 900- and 1,100-watt microwaves will need less time. Lower-wattage older microwaves might need a little more time.
After this first cooking remove the bowl from the microwave and remove the plastic wrap from the bowl. Stir the candy really well and cover with a new piece of plastic wrap. Return to the microwave for 3 minutes, give or take.
This time when you remove it from the microwave and remove the plastic, add the 3-4 drops of food coloring. When the boiling candy begins to settle down, add the flavoring oil. Stir in well.
You can pour this candy into candy molds, available everywhere, or you can pour it out on a greased cookie sheet. If you pour it on a greased cookie sheet use a knife to score the size of pieces you want – then, when it’s cooled, it will crack on these scored lines.
Dust the candy pieces with powdered sugar. This adds sweetness and helps keep the candy pieces from sticking together. Store in an airtight tin and it will keep for quite a while. Kids of all ages will enjoy this.
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