My aunt LaMae used to make this:
2 c sugar
1/2 c light corn syrup
2/3 c water
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp red food colouring
1. Combine everything in a heavy saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
2. Let the mixture cook, without stirrinng, over low heat until it reaches the hard crack stage.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Add 1 tsp of flavouring--we've always used anise oil.
6. Pour into greased pan (shalllow). Cut across it as it cools. We always put the pan outside on the snow...
My aunt LaMae is 90 years old and she still makes this candy for Christmas.