1 cup sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup water
¾ teaspoon flavoring or 2 drops of flavoring oil
Test your thermometer first. Clip thermometer to the side of a pan of water and turn heat to medium high. Don't leave. Bring the water to a boil. The boiling water should register on the thermometer at 212 degrees. If thermometer is not at 212, add or subtract that difference from your candy making temperature of 310 degrees.
Cover a couple of cookie sheets in parchment and place on dish towels.
In a saucepan stir together sugar, corn syrup, and water. Attach your candy thermometer to the pan.
Stir occasionally over medium heat until mixture reaches a boil. Stop stirring and continue to heat to 310 degrees. It will take about 20-25 minutes to reach the hard crack stage.
Remove from heat and add a drop of food coloring and your flavoring. Be cautious, adding liquids can cause the mixture to pop. Stir well. Let the mixture to cool slightly and thicken. Spoon the mixture onto parchment, ladle, or upside down bowl to create desired designs. If the mixture becomes too thick return to very low heat until the mixture becomes softened.
I used a foil covered rolling pin to make spirals and a 4" half circle cake pan to make a candy bowl. Also added a very slight amount of cooking spray to the surface.