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>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>It is, I make my own. :)</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
<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>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>
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>
<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>
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>Cornstarch might work better than powdered sugar to reduce stickiness between the pieces. That's what I use on my homemade marshmallows</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>
<p>Its all sugar, so if you can keep moisture away from it, it will last virtually forever. </p>
<p>Check out the reply above. </p>
<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>Basically your paying big dollars for plain old toffee.</p><p>And granulated sugar and powdered sugar - it's just all sugar.. kind of like hot water and cold water are still water.</p><p>Better off with dried organic figs or something... </p><p>Blocks of fused sugar are just plain bad.</p>
<p>I slept on this overnight and the thought came - 'Don't just tell him that the survival candy is a con-job - that it's just dyed toffee with nothing going for it; tell him some thing useful.&quot;</p><p>I suppose that the FOOD needs to be created for the event and environment.</p><p>Something to munch on when hiking, is different to being all alone in a life raft for 6 weeks, or stranded on the south pole or marching across the snow capped peaks in the mountains.</p><p>But generally a mixture of nuts, fruits and seeds and dried meats and fats tends to be very good. Additions such as dried and powdered kelp / broccolie/ wheat grass / vegetable extracts, powdered milk, dry hard cheese, coconut, etc., etc., etc., </p><p>Survival food needs to contain NUTRITION and ENERGY.</p><p>Nutrition keeps you ticking, energy keeps you marching.</p><p>A little bit of sugar as naturally occuring is good - because it usually comes with a whole heap of other NUTRITIONAL things..... Like an orange or water melon etc.. </p><p>But blocks of pure sugar are nasty - they make you very thirsty, are bad for the body and have NO nutritional value.....</p><p>I am not talking about landing in a life boat and the only thing to eat for 4 weeks is 20Kg of peppermints - to put that into a context, look up what the survival rations are of the people doing all the expeditions,and how they vary based upon location.</p><p>What I am saying, is if you have a choice, make a smart choice get NUTRITION dense foods with high ENERGY contents.</p><p>Like Beef Jerky and wheat grass powder, and dried figs.</p><p>You can live on that.</p>
I love this stuff however as a diabetic it's not really a survival option for me.
<p>Well then don't eat it. In fact why don't you do something really useful and come up with a sugar free survival ration for diabetics.</p>
A note on flavoring make sure you use flavorings that don't contain alcohol as it will burn off and not taste as good.
<p>Good to know. Didn't think about that at all.</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>
How long does it take to make do you think?
<p>The longest (and most boring part) is waiting for it to heat to 300 degrees, All told from beginning to eating a test piece or ten it took about 45 minutes to an hour give or take a few minutes.</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>

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