Marcia Strykowski

Ribbon Candy Crafts

ribboncandy1Although many find it way too sweet and sticky, ribbon candy has long been a holiday staple. This thin hard candy was invented in Massachusetts by F. W. Washburn c. 1856. While still warm, the candy is crimped into shape, giving it a ribbon appearance and a glossy shine. Popular flavors include spearmint, cinnamon, orange and lime.

A couple of quick crafts for last minute holiday fun.
Ribbon Candy Bows final
ribbon felt ornamentsAnd for good measure, I’ll include a recipe.

Ribbon Candy

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
3 drops flavoring
2 drops food color

Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Stir over med-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring and continue cooking until soft-crack stage (290 degrees F). Scrape sides of pot to dissolve sugar crystals.

Remove pan from heat; let stand for 3 minutes until all bubbles have disappeared. Stir in flavoring and coloring.

Pour syrup onto a nonstick cookie sheet. Cool until it is easy to work with (about 10 minutes). Turn up edges of candy with a spatula.

Tear off pieces, pull them like taffy until they are light and shiny. Fold each piece back and forth, curl around a wooden spoon handle until it looks like folded ribbon. Let cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap.

Hope you’re having a very sweet season of holiday surprises!

19 Comments

  1. I actually don’t know if I’ve ever eaten ribbon candy…I know I’ve seen it before. I’m sure I’d love it though, there isn’t a lot of candy that I don’t, heh!

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    • Ribbon candy tastes okay in a light, fragile sort of way. Not for little ones, though, the shards can be sharp after it breaks into pieces.

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  2. Awesome! Is it possible to use something else for the corn syrup? Honey maybe?

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    • That should work, since such a small amount is needed. I try to avoid corn syrup, too.

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  3. Gosh, I remember ribbon candy from when I was a girl– my dad would always make a candy covered house and some of it was ribbon candy! This does look a little tricky! Did it come out on your first try?? It would be fun to make for the grand-girls coming this week! Merry Christmas Marcia!! Hope it’s a warm and wonderful time with people you love there…

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    • It’s hard to get it to look pretty, but it tastes good. Merry Christmas!

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      • This sounds like a challenge!! Merry Christmas Marcia!

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  4. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours.

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  5. Ashley

    Those ribbon circle bows look great. I’ll be making them. Thank you!! Have a very merry Christmas!!

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  6. Ribbon candy looks like it would be fun to make.

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    • Picking flavors and colors is half the fun. Hope you’ll give it a try, Sheryl!

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  7. Thank you for the colorful blog photos, Marcia! Ribbon candy reminds me of my Nana, as she always had a box for us kids at Christmastime. A Blessed Christmas to you!

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    • I have childhood memories of ribbon candy, too. 🙂 Merry Christmas, Lynn!

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  8. Bette Norton

    I enjoyed your post on ribbon candy. I have it every year on my Christmas table! I remember growing up on this candy and now serve it to my grandchildren!. I like your ribbon candy decorations to make too! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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    • A very colorful addition to your table, I’ll bet. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  9. We just talked about ribbon candy on Christmas! I didn’t see it around as much as I have in the past. I love that you included a recipe. Ribbon candy reminds me of holidays at my grandparents. 🙂

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    • It makes such a pretty, edible decoration and like you, it brings back memories for me.

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