How to Make Sugarless Hard Candy

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Overview

Even though you may not be allowed to have sugar, this doesn't mean you have to forsake hard candy altogether. You just have to either buy commercially available sugarless candy, or make your own. Sugarless hard candy can be difficult to make because there aren't many suitable ingredients that will react as well as table sugar when making candy. Most sugarless hard candy recipes include a sugar substitute called maltitol because it has no taste of its own, it is almost as sweet as sugar and it thickens similarly to sugar.

Step 1

Melt the butter over medium heat in a non-stick pot.

Step 2

Stir the granulated maltitol into the butter, keeping the mixture on the heat.

Step 3

Stir the mixture continuously, keeping it on the heat, until it turns a slightly dark caramel color.

Step 4

Remove the pot from the heat and stir your flavor oil into the mixture.

Step 5

Pour the mixture into your greased candy molds and allow the candy to cool and harden.

Step 6

Wrap the cooled individual candies in wax paper and store in an airtight container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use caution when working with hot liquids, especially because they will be sticky. Maltitol can be difficult to digest, which can cause upset stomachs. Each person has his own level of sensitivity to this sugar substitute, so eat maltitol-based candy in strict moderation, especially until you know how your body will react to it. Maltitol can alter your glucose levels, so if this is a concern, ask your doctor if and how you can safely incorporate it into your diet.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-stick pot
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 1 cup granulated maltitol
  • 1/2 tsp. flavor oil (specific for candy)
  • Greased candy molds

Who Can Help

  • Information about Maltitol, the artificial sweetener
  • DaVinci has the widest variety of sugar-free syrups
  • LorAnn Oils sells candy-flavoring oils and candy molds
Keywords: sugarless, sugar-free, candy, diabetic, maltitol, brittle

About this Author

Julie Elefante has written for Demand Studios since February 2009. Her work appears primarily on eHow.com. She wrote for the "South Mountain District News" for almost three years, Abcteach.com, and "Anthology Magazine." She has a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary humanities from Arizona State University.

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