2 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup white corn syrup

1/2 cup water

2 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla

1 or 2 drops food coloring (optional)

1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Prepare the area you intend to drop your candy on before you start to cook the candy. Wax paper is good or put powdered sugar on a cookie sheet, just lightly dust it with it. It will help keep it from sticking. I like to dust my wax paper with it too. But if you are adding food coloring you may not want the white sugar on them.

In a heavy sause pan combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium high heat to a rolling boil stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Turn heat down a bit, but be sure to keep it at a steady boil. Boil to hard ball stage, when the candy is dripped into a bit of cold water it shoud quickly become very hard. If you use your candy thermometer it should reach the temperature of 260°. As soon as it reaches the hard ball stage remove from heat.

Then in a large bowl beat the egg whites with your electric mixer until the egg white stands in very stiff peaks. Gradually add the hot syrup to the egg white by mixing it in with your mixer be very careful the syrup is very hot.

Once all the syrup is in the egg white add the vanilla, nuts and food coloring. Beat it until it start to look like ribbons when the mixture falls off you mixer blades. Then drop by the teaspoonful onto your wax paper or cookie sheet. If the first one you drop does not hold its shape and it flattens out stir the mixture for another minute and drop again. If mixture gets to thick to quickly, add a little hot water, just a teaspoon at a time until it keeps it shape.

Special Tips

*Most recipes are based on large eggs, so if you buy medium or small just add another egg white.

*Be sure to use a bowl that has not any fat residue in it a glass bowl or metal bowl should be used but if you use a plastic bowl just be sure to rinse it with hot water then cool it down with cold water and dry the inside of the bowl.

*Also always break eggs one at a time, make very sure when you are making any recipe that call for whipped egg white that you do not get any egg yoke in the egg white or it will not whip. Also always wash your hands with soap after handling eggs or chicken. If you let your children break eggs be sure they wash after.

*Its a good idea to keep your children out of the kitchen while making candy, also pets that could cause you to trip or fall and spill on them.