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Recipe: Barley Sugar

Barley Sugar

A classic simple hard candy.
Total Time 30 mins


  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • a couple drops of your favourite flavour extract or 1 tbsp of lemon juice.


  • Heat all ingredients until they reaches 310F on a candy thermometer and then remove from heat.
  • Pour into a buttered baking sheet and cool until it can be handled, then cut into shapes or roll pieces into sticks. (Or, if you have access to metal candy molds, you can use then instead.)
  • Store in an air-tight container.
  • Enjoy!


Traditionally, this candy was made by boiling barley in water and straining, then adding the sugar. Any real (not artificial) flavour extract can be used instead.