Ah, traditional hard candy. Pure sugar with some flavoring and food coloring, but kids love to suck on it (and it makes the whole house smell like peppermint) Like other candies, have everything ready before you start cooking, and don't let kids help with this, also be careful, we don't want any burns!
3 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
2 drams (2 tsp) flavoring
liquid food coloring as desired
In a large saucepan mix together sugar, corn syrup and water while stirring until sugar dissolves. Insert candy thermometer, making certain it does not touch the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil and do not stir.
Remove from heat precisely at 300 degrees F. After boiling action has ceased, add food color and flavor. Please be careful - the steam can burn!
Pour syrup onto lightly greased cookie sheet and allow it to cool completely. Lightly dust with powdered sugar on both sides, brushing off excess. Break into small pieces. Store in airtight containers between waxed paper.
This is probably the longest lasting of Christmas treats... You can poke holes in the pieces and hang them on the tree, they look like shards of stained glass. Or put them in sugar cookie cutouts to make yummy, beautiful cookies.