How to Make Survival Hard Candy

In the past, we've talked about how important it is to have a 72-hour kit ready and in an accessible area. Since you already know the basics of what pack, now you need to focus on things that will keep your stress levels low. I'm sure most of you will agree that sweets are a good start! Extensive studies at MIT by Richard Wurtman, MD, showed that tryptophan, the building block of serotonin, could get into the brain only after sweet or starchy carbohydrates were consumed1.  In moderation, a small dose of sugar can trigger a process in the body that creates new serotonin for the brain. How cool is that?

Since we want you to make sure your "happy brain" chemicals are functioning year-round, here is a personal favorite recipe for Survival Hard Candy from the Ready Store:

Survival Hard Candy Recipe

Make Survival Candy


Making Survival Hard Candy can be a tedious project since it requires you to pay attention and be ready for the next step. We recommend that before you start your adventure with making hard candy, line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Step 1:

In a large saucepan, add granulated sugar, light corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium-high, stir till the sugar is dissolved.

Bring mixture to a boil - do not stir! If there are sugar crystals on the side, wipe down with a wet pastry brush.

When mixture reaches 250℉ - 260℉
Add food coloring. Do not stir since the boiling will mix it into the syrup.

When mixture reaches 300℉
Remove from heat source and wait for it to stop boiling. Add in your flavoring and stir thoroughly.

Step: 2

Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet and spread evenly. Wait 15 - 20 minutes for it to cool down before trying to cut it into squares. In the case that the candy sticks to the knife, spray it with cooking spray. Let it cool for 60 minutes before lightly sprinkling it with powdered sugar. Flip it over and sprinkle the other side.

Make Survival Hard Candy

Step: 3

Break apart the survival hard candy where you scored the lines and place in a plastic bag or container that can fit in your 72-hour kit or next to the food storage. Heck, make an extra "emergency" baggie for yourself and store in the car for those long drives during rush hour or simply just to munch on. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite "stress relieving" recipes?


14 thoughts on “How to Make Survival Hard Candy”

  • Lura

    I do not see the granulated sugar in the ingredient list for the hard candy.

    • Nicole from Ready Store
      Nicole from Ready Store October 19, 2016 at 5:49 am

      Hi Lura! It's the first ingredient listed :)

      • Tommy Trussell

        On a mobile browser the granulated sugar is separated from the rest of the ingredients by the photo.

        • Lura

          Thank you, Tommy! I thought I was crazy! I use my iPad 99% of the time. My MacBook pro is 17" and too heavy. I'm going to get the Mack book air for myself if the Parkinson's tremors improve. This is my third iPad since last March, the first two jumped out of my hands. My friend bought a survivor case for this ipad, it iPad hasn't broken yet. Thanks for the information. Lura

          • Nicole from Ready Store
            Nicole from Ready Store October 21, 2016 at 3:39 am

            Hi Lura,
            The text has been fixed. If you ever need to look up the recipe in the future, granulated sugar will show up right next to the other ingredients :)

  • Sheila Orr

    I buy hard candies and have them in my stores and my bug out bag. Not only is sucking on hard candy calming, it will help with food boredom and kids of all ages will be happy to see it.

  • diane seidof

    thankyou for the great recipes

  • Angie Moore

    My grandmother use to make this candy as a special treat for her grandchildren for Christmas! She would add cinnamon flavoring and red food coloring. Such sweet memories with this candy!

  • Teresa Burnett

    We store our assorted hard candies as well as small candies like jelly beans in the individual soda bottles. Some have larger openings than others and all have food grade plastics. They are safe from flood and can be tossed around. You can see what you have inside as well.

  • Laurie B

    Is there something that can be used instead of corn syrup? Maybe organic agave?

  • Brandon

    This is cool! I'd never have thought of that!

  • don

    Most corn is GMO, so we don't ever use corn syrup. Can it be omitted, Or use more sugar instead? How about coconut sugar and coconut syrup?
    Thanks for the articles!

    • Robin Jurasinski

      Corn syrup is an invert sugar, which means that it prevents sugar crystals from forming. This is important when making candy because you want a smooth final product rather than something that is crystallized, lumpy, and grainy.
      Lyle's Golden Syrup is a thick, amber-colored form of inverted sugar syrup, made in the process of refining sugar cane juice into sugar, or by treatment of a sugar solution with acid. It is a Kosher, gluten-free, and vegan product

  • Cathy

    How long will the candy be good for?

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