A few years ago I bought some "Survival Candy" at a gun show for $1.99 for about 8 oz of hard candy. I was sitting around the other day thinking about the silly candy so I did a Google search and found that I could still buy some, only now it would cost between $4.99 and $7.99 depending on which site you went to. Being the cheap SOB I am I decided to make some of my own.

Step 1: What You Need

You will need the following:
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 2 1/2 table spoons Flavoring
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Food Coloring
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cooking spray
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large sauce pan
  • Cookie sheet
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Candy Thermometer

Make sure all of your ingredients and tools are within easy reach of the stove. 
Once you have assembled all your tools and ingredients line your cookie sheet with aluminium foil, give it a LIGHT COAT of cooking spray, and set it aside for now.
<p>You know, if you were to get some of those &quot;hard candy&quot; vitamins or even crush up a few regular ones, you could fold them into the cooling mixture while still soft and have some *Real* survival candy that would have some real benefits to it.</p>
<p>vitamins might give it a nasty after taste.</p>
Since the original writing of this Ibile I've started adding Flintstone's children's chewable vitamins to the mixture. I pulverize them into a fine powder and mix 3/4 I with the candy it self and the other 1/4 into the powdered sugar used to coat them after they cool... We haven't noticed any change in taste and as some above said it now has some more to it than just sugar for energy. One half bottle of Flintstone's chewable vitamins per batch... I don't recall off the top of my head at the moment but we get the big bottle which is either 250 or 500 count...
<p>I was talking to my son today. He is interested in taking a backpacking trip. I will try the vitamin enriched version just cause I have make the plain candy one many times. If they like the vitamin version, it would be a nice addition.</p>
<p>Cornstarch might work better than powdered sugar to reduce stickiness between the pieces. That's what I use on my homemade marshmallows</p>
<p>I use a powdered sugar and corn starch mix--about 50/50 but I don't bother to measure anything.</p>
<p>I don't understand the &quot;survival&quot; part. It seems to be your basic sugar candy with no essential nutrients, just empty simple carbs. Sugar is just 4 calories per gram, just like protein, as opposed to 9 calories per gram for fat, so it is not even dense energy by weight. A sack of peppermint candies would do as well for quick energy, for instance if one were in a hypothermia situation. Candy bars containing other nutrients, like nuts and fats would be a better alternative, and pemmican even better.</p>
<p>Oooh, great idea, I could put nuts into mine! Thanks! :D</p>
<p>In Louisiana we have a candy called pralines. However, don't plan for them to last any length of time, since they are really delicious. I just ate some my wife had hidden a year ago and they still tasted WONDERFUL.</p><p>Pralines are a New Orleans institution! <br>This praline recipe produces sweet, slightly crumbly brown sugar candies <br> loaded with toasted pecans. It's important that the pecans be <br>well-toasted so that they impart maximum flavor and crunch to the candy. <br> </p>Ingredients:<ul><li>1 cup granulated sugar<li>1 cup packed brown sugar<li>1/2 cup evaporated milk<li>4 tbsp butter, cubed<li>2 tsp vanilla extract<li>1.5 cups toasted pecans, coarsely chopped</ul>Preparation:<p><strong>1.</strong> Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.</p><p><strong>2.</strong> In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, granulated <br>sugar, and evaporated milk over medium heat. Stir until the sugar <br>dissolves, then insert a candy thermometer. </p><p><strong>3.</strong> Cook the candy, stirring occasionally, until the candy reaches 240 degrees on the thermometer. </p><p><strong>4.</strong> Once the proper temperature is reached, remove the pan from <br> the heat and drop the chunks of butter on top, but do not stir. Allow <br>the pan to sit for one minute. </p><p><strong>5.</strong> After a minute, add the vanilla extract and the pecans, and <br> begin to stir smoothly and constantly with a wooden spoon. Soon the <br>candy will begin to get thicker and lighter in color. </p><p><strong>6.</strong> Continue to stir until the candy starts to hold its shape. <br>It should still be easy to stir, however. It is important not to stir <br>too much, as pralines quickly go from fluid to rock-solid. Once it is a <br>lighter, opaque brown and holds its shape, quickly begin to drop small <br>spoonfuls of the candy onto the prepared baking sheet. </p><p><strong>7.</strong> Work quickly to form the candies, as the pralines will <br>start to set in the saucepan. If the candy stiffens before you&rsquo;re done <br>scooping, add a spoonful of very hot water and stir until it loosens, <br>then continue scooping until you have formed all the pralines. </p><p><strong>8.</strong> Allow the candy to fully set at room temperature, for about <br> 30 minutes. Store New Orleans Pralines in an airtight container at room <br> temperature. </p>
<p>I have to make this. My son wants to go backpacking. If I can arm him with sugar for energy and nuts for protein, then I know he will be good for at least a day.</p>
<p>:( While I approve of your goal, your result is &quot;empty calories.&quot; Why not make iron rations... something that may not taste as good, but will sustain life over a longer period of time. (I've made myself sick - twice - trying to live on jerky or MRE's... They ain't food. The earliest iron ration, that I've read of, was fruitcake. (The early version didn't have the plastic fruits; the alcohol is the preservative.) Pemmican, fruitcake, nut-breads, granola bars (although I think grains are entirely over over-used; the ultimate convenience food)... how do we make our own iron rations? </p>
<p>Hard Candy is pure sugar (simple carbohydrate) and these are meant as a supplement. We burn carbs (sugar) first so ingesting sugar can give you a boost of energy when you need it. Also, your suggestions include fats that can rancidify, making them hazardous for human consumption. Hard candy, if sealed, will be good pretty much forever.</p>
<p>My grandmother used to make something for us kids. She used homemade beef jerky, dried fruit, some 'crackin's', and beat it up. Actually, lol, we kids beat it up, but we were also allowed to get some anytime we were hungry between meals. Sure wish I could remember everything she put it in. </p>
<p>The idea was more comfort food if TSHTF than anything else, though it does have plenty of sugar for a quick boost if needed. As for Iran Rations you just gave me a research project...lol... And we'll see what i can come up with.</p><p>Thanks for the comment.</p><p>Train To survive!</p><p><a href="http://www.vanguardsurvival.com" rel="nofollow">www.vanguardsurvival.com</a></p><p>www.facebook.com/vanguardsurvival</p>
<p>I made myselft with coconut aroma :) they are very good tasting !</p>
<p>I made myselft with coconut aroma :) they are very good tasting !</p>
<p>I plan on making it if it is </p>
<p>is the candy anygood</p>
<p>Between diy candy, jerky and survival bars at least we won't starve. Thanks</p>
Nothing beats beef jerky nothing
<p>I agree, but it's nice to have options.</p>
<p>Except bacon... Bacon beats beef jerky... :-)</p>
<p>Ultimate .... Bacon Jerky :P Not sure if that's a thing, but it should be :)</p>
<p>http://www.amazon.com/Oberto-Natural-Applewood-Smoked-Bacon/dp/B00APK7UN0 You're welcome. </p>
Great idea. mine turned out great even without a thermometer. Great to add to a bug out bag
<p>only 3/4 cup of water?</p>
you can use parchment paper...no wax.or silicone mat
I made my own but made a large mistake I used wax paper now my candy had a paper backing that's OK I've eaten a lot worse then paper
<p>You might also like fruit leather. It has been updated with the name &quot;fruit roll ups,&quot; but it is essentially the stuff our ancestors had made for centuries as a way of preserving sweet fleshy fruits.</p>
<p>We do :-) So far I have made strawberry, grape, and raspberry... I didn't have much luck with the peach or apricot I got them too watery when I was pureing the fruit but I hope to correct that mistake next time...lol... As soon as fresh fruit is more available up here (the Rockies) I plan on doing an Insturctable on them... </p>
Is it any good
<p>Yes... I can't keep it around... Our kids like it and it has become a staple in our day packs for a sweet boost...</p>
<p>You are not cheap , frugal -Yes , and on the survival aspect &quot;Thumbs up from me&quot; !</p>
<p>Use blue food coloring and it will look like something from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;. LOL!</p>
<p>Well, it's nothing but sugar, so maybe as &quot;survival&quot; it would work best as a fire-starter, since it will burn very good. This essentially transforms the sugar from hard-to-carry powder that could leak out if your bag gets a hole, into a solid, easy-to-carry block. Maybe your survival plans should include cooking the sugar back into a recipe with more complete food . . . </p>
<p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foods_of_the_American_Civil_War" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foods_of_the_American...</a> </p><p>...so we all don't die off. ;-)</p>
<p>Interesting article. Thanks.</p>
<p>Reminds me of caramel. :-) <br><br>I was thinking condensed milk is a great survival candy additive to have around so you could make fresh carmel. I also wonder how a powdered milk version would turn out. Technically, milk and really human females breast milk (good luck) would be the most nutrient diverse if healthy and a healthy milk breed. Maybe keep some nut seeds around with the milk products and cane. I'd say more olive oil or butter too though wonder what the graph looks like in regards to shelf life verses sugar content and more nutrients (fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins) in the &quot;survival candy&quot;. Thanks for the post. </p>
<p>just a thought. you could also add citric acid to your powdered sugar at 1:2 ratio if you like sour candy.</p>
This sweet in Africa, is called ' tamaleki' ( ta-ma-lair-key) and I used to eat if as a little girl. Pure sugar rush! Still make it for my kids :) <br><br><br><br>If you add butter at the end stage and vanilla, you make butter scotch drops :)
<p>Looks remarkably like some kind of nut brittle, which essentially amounts to nuts embedded in a hard sheet of sugar. Survival is surely more difficult than just carrying squares of solid, caramelized sugar, but having sugar on hand probably isn't a terrible idea.</p>
<p>My grandmother taught me to make homemade cough drops that are sort of like these candies. Horehound, Anise with cinnamon are my two favorites. You boil the leaves of the horehound leavesorthe anise seeds then cook it down to a syrupy level and you would add that to your mixture before it goes on to the cookie sheet. I make a batch every fall and they work better than store bought lozenges. Great idea for things to put in the car or in the backpack. </p>
I make this candy every Christmas. But your price of1.20 per sheet is way off considering corn syrup is somewhere between $3-$5 a bottle.
<p>I would like to add that I have seen corn syrup at Dollar Tree. Only a $1. And, it's the name brand stuff. If you shop around you can get name brand ingredients for way less than supermarket prices. Then you would have the lower price per sheet. Also, since you don't use the whole bottle at once and can get a few batches out of it, that also lowers the price per sheet. One 16oz bottle will make 3 sheets. Yes, at $3 dollars per bottle, that's $1 of cost per sheet. But at $1 per bottle it's only 33&cent;. Great comment and great instructable. Thank you.</p>
<p>You are right. I was off on my math, a better estimate of cost is $2.50 or so per sheet. Which is still cheaper than the $3.99-$7.99 I found online for &quot;survival candy&quot;</p><p>thanks for the comment!</p><p>Train to survive!</p><p><a href="http://www.vanguardsurvival.com" rel="nofollow">www.vanguardsurvival.com</a></p><p>www.facebook.com/vanguardsurvival</p>
@Snidely70448 it gives you quick energy to burn if you are in a survival situation and if you don't have any food it gives you surgar and calories and when I made it it tastes pretty good better than eating grass and twigs
<p>&quot;Being the cheap SOB I am&quot;<br>you got many readers there</p>
<p>How long can it be stored, you think? Perhaps you could have it as Christmas candy and make a new batch every year... ;) </p>

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