Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, maple, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

This Hard Maple Candy garnered the name “Canadian meth” at my husband’s work. By that nickname, I take it that they 1) liked it, and 2) kept eating it.

Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

On a more personal note, this candy could also work as a shiv, because this stuff is like GLASS. Trust me when I say that if you decide to break this into pieces with your hands, you will get little cuts all over. Ow.

So maybe tap the candy gently with the butt of a butter knife or use a little mallet, whatever you have that will break the candy apart without harming your pan, counter, or you.

Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

Once you survive that stage, though, wow will you have a lot of candy to enjoy. Definitely make this to share with a crowd, or you just might go into diabetic shock.

Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

It’d be a delicious way to go, but seriously, I don’t recommend going at all. We’ve made it this far in 2020. Hold on a while longer.

Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

This super-easy recipe makes a LOT of hard maple candy that is best sucked on, not chewed. Perfect for holiday gifts!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: candy, maple, no bake
Author: Beth Cato


  • 15x10x1-inch pan (jelly roll pan)
  • candy thermometer


  • nonstick spray
  • 3 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons maple flavor


  • Heavily apply nonstick spray to the jelly roll pan.
  • In a large saucepan, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Start heating up. Set up candy thermometer and stir frequently as the heat rises to 300-degrees, which is hard-crack stage.
  • Remove pan from heat. Stir in maple flavoring. Immediately pour candy into the prepared pan. Cool completely, which won’t take long.
  • Carefully break into pieces. Note that this stuff is like candy glass, and if breaking with hands, it can and will cut the skin.
  • Pack into individual bags or tins for gift-giving, or stack it in a large sealed container with waxed paper between layers. Can keep for weeks.