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How To Make Cannabis Hard Candy

Kyle Sengboupha

DIY medicated candy that is discrete and totally transportable.

Editor’s Note: an earlier version of the article indicated the candy should be cooked at 275 degrees. More success has been found in increased the cracking temperature to 300.

Here is a simple recipe to make cannabis hard candy.  Hard candy is an easy way to administer a dose without actually smoking cannabis especially for children or the elderly. Hard candy is also a very discreet way to ingest cannabis, there will be no smoke or smell to hide, nobody will be the wiser.

Whether it is for others or for yourself, be mindful of the dosage in the candy for everybody’s sake. You can also use the recipe to make lollipops if you want to, just get the lollipop sticks.

Cannabis Hard Candy Close Up


  •  1-2 tablespoons of prepared tincture.
  • 3/4 cup sugar.
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup.
  • 1 Box (3 oz) Jello of any flavor you like.
  • Candy thermometer.
  • Small heavy sauce pan
  • 20 lollipop sticks or candy molds.

If you do not have mold, its ok there is a work around. Simply create a layer of icing sugar by spreading it on a pan. Create dents in the icing sugar the size that you would want to make the candy into, and you have your candy mold.


  1. The process for creating hard candy is very time sensitive at the end, so you should have everything prepared before you start
  2. If you are making lollipops or using a candy mold, grease them before you start. You don’t want your candy sticking to the surfaces. If you are using the icing sugar mold, you don’t have to worry about this.
  3. In the pan, while on low heat, mix together sugar and corn syrup. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  4. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil. Mind the mixture at all times, it is very hot and can burn you. You should stir as in frequently as possible.
  5. You can now use the candy thermometer. Place it in the pot and let the mixture boil till it reaches 300 degrees. All the while stirring frequently.
  6. Remember, the final part of this recipe needs you to act swiftly.
  7. When it reaches 300 degrees you can remove the thermometer then pour in the Jello and cannabis tincture then stir rapidly till the whole mixture is smooth.How to Make Cannabis Hard Candy 2
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and use a metal spoon to collect the mixture from the sauce pan and pour it into the molds. Once again, be swift with pouring the mixture into the molds because it sets very quickly as it cools. Please be careful, the mixture is very hot. How to Make Cannabis Hard Candy 3
  9. Do not cool the candy in the fridge.
  10. Once the hard candy or lollipops have cooled, you can lightly coat them in icing sugar, this will prevent them from sticking to each other.

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Cannabis Entrepreneur For Over 9 Years @munchiifam @_thechubbypanda

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    Colleen Scott

    Question concerning cooking temperatures. At what temperature does thc level cook out ?

    April 1, 2019 at 6:23 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      After 240F terpenes and cannabinoids start to heavily degrade.

      April 2, 2019 at 9:03 am Reply
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        Lisa Almond

        Can I use decarbonized keef for this?

        July 21, 2019 at 5:59 pm Reply
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        Actually it is closer to 300, otherwise master wu’s green dragon tincture wouldn’t have any potency.

        October 6, 2019 at 4:35 pm Reply
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          This is not how evaporation works. You did not get the alcohol to boil over 180 F without a pressure cooker. Thc will definitely break down more quickly under heat and pressure ( usually around 200 F but the extra pressure def lowers the breakdown temp). A significant portion will remind unchanged (just like how you can’t get 100% decarboxillation), however a lot more goodies will remain in your solution than had you allowed the alcohol to evaporate freely into air over a significantly longer time frame. Thus banging green dragon.

          Also this recipe writer should watch out copying old school teks. For newbies interchanging ever-clear with solvent without explaining that 95% FOOD GRADE ethanol is your solvent, can lead people into using denatured alchohol, or making benzene flavored brownies

          February 18, 2020 at 10:39 pm Reply
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          225- Decarboxylation
          325-355: THC bonds to fat molecules
          355-392: THC boils/vaporizes

          February 19, 2020 at 8:16 pm Reply
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      Sandy Martindale

      I am wondering can you use the contents from a vape cartridge to make edibles?

      January 6, 2020 at 1:01 am Reply
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    Sarah Stevens

    Can you use canna-oil like made with a vegetable oil or coconut oil instead of canna butter?

    April 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant


      April 5, 2019 at 9:07 am Reply
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      Fernando Lopez III

      How much butter are we supposed to use ?

      January 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm Reply
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    dont i need to get to 300 for hard crack for hard candy

    April 20, 2019 at 8:36 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      275 works. The higher you go in temp, the more medicine you lose (terpenes and cannabinoids).

      April 22, 2019 at 12:36 pm Reply
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      Bruce Starry

      You are correct. My candy thermometer says Hard Crack is 300 degrees F.

      February 14, 2020 at 11:30 am Reply
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    Mary Smith

    You might have a problem with the hard crack seeing as how you put Jello in the mix….

    April 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm Reply
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    Hey if I use cod oil for my hard candy what should be the percent of the THC and the CBD

    April 28, 2019 at 2:18 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      I’ve never worked with cod oil….but if you are infusing that instead of olive oil or butter, the process would be the same. The recipe calls for cannabutter or a tincture.

      April 28, 2019 at 8:27 am Reply
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        Why are my hard candy with soluble non alchol time ncure wont go hard ???

        November 3, 2019 at 7:49 am Reply
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          Candy making nerd here. I know im necroing but usually non-alcoholic solvents have a high boiling point and or dont really boil so much as burn. If the temperature of the solvent you are using has a high boiling point than thr hard crack point of candy there will be too much left over solvent by the time your candy is ready to pout resulting in either a liquidy mess or a horrible sugar based filling remover. Hope this helps.

          March 31, 2020 at 8:02 pm Reply
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    The candy were delicious I used strawberry But no buzz

    April 28, 2019 at 2:20 am Reply
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    Melissa Newcombe

    What if I am using THC infused Caro syrup? Same half a cup?

    June 11, 2019 at 6:25 pm Reply
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      Tia Deann Glenn

      I hear my candy to 305 and stir as it cools when it gets to 250 I add my 4 month old kief and pour off into mold.

      September 22, 2019 at 6:57 pm Reply
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    I’ve tried the candies 2 times with the same butter I used successfully in cookies. Each time after the boiling there is a lot of liquid on top of the boiled bud butter, karo and sugar. What did I do wrong? Is it a butter problem. It looks like it’s all the good oil that won’t mix in even after adding jello. Plz help

    June 17, 2019 at 11:19 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Hi Veronica – did you use high quality butter? Some brands are actually oil. I’ve run into separation problems with these in general. Once they get to the melting point, the oil separates out of the butter and ruins everything.

      June 18, 2019 at 9:32 am Reply
      • Jennifer Grant

        Veronica – are you using a candy thermometer. It has to hit that temperature for things to gel. THEN you have to quickly dump into the mold.

        June 18, 2019 at 10:54 am Reply
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          Deric L Hausman

          I have had separation issues in candy dishes.Tried different butter and fresh sugar.

          January 15, 2020 at 9:34 am Reply
          • Jennifer Grant

            I’ll pass your message to the cook for problem solving. Thanks

            January 15, 2020 at 12:47 pm
          • Jennifer Grant

            I’ve messaged the chef and he recommends that butter be changed out for oil…or even better…tincture. He says he always uses tincture for cannabis candy recipes because it avoids the separation issue altogether. I have not heard back from the original poster yet. Kyle is not a RxLeaf employee, so I hope we get to hear back. In the mean time, what do you think about trying a tincture?

            January 15, 2020 at 1:01 pm
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          You mention butter in the directions, but not in the ingredients list…unless I’m misreading….

          January 20, 2020 at 7:21 pm Reply
          • Jennifer Grant

            Yes. That’s been edited. Thank you! No butter.

            January 20, 2020 at 8:17 pm
    • Jennifer Grant

      I’ve also sent a message to the man who sent in the recipe for some trouble shooting.

      June 18, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply
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      Nikki Rogers

      I had this same issue. And I am using good quality butter.

      July 12, 2019 at 5:27 pm Reply
      • Jennifer Grant

        The most important bit is to make sure the temperature is accurate. It will not set if not. A candy thermometer will help it be accurate.

        July 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm Reply
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      Jj Ibanez

      Can i use coconut oil? Only know how to make that

      July 24, 2019 at 4:34 pm Reply
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      I used my reclaim and my candy was amazing

      December 12, 2019 at 6:56 pm Reply
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      Cannachef WiLL

      For separation issues using butter:

      Mix 2TBL water with 1/4tsp (pinch) soy lecithin powder and add to pot.
      Heat all ingredients over low heat until melted and Then wisk vigorously until emulsified.
      Turn heat up to medium/med-high
      And wait to reach temp 275°F+

      Been a cannabis chef for 10+ years…
      Crisp non oily candies errtime 😉

      February 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm Reply
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      Mary Beth Peters

      I do t see any butter in the recipe.. I make canna butter, canna coconut oil, and this was my first tincture and second time making the candy. Using an ounce of finely ground bud, I was told to either store in a mason jar in the dark or use the MBM.
      Then cook off the alcohol. Neither time did I get hard candy cooking to 275.
      Where does the butter come in and where am I going wrong? Any ideas?

      March 12, 2020 at 9:22 pm Reply
      • Jennifer Grant

        Hi Mary Beth – the butter was removed from the recipe. This is a post from a RxLeaf reader (back in the day when ppl could self post on the site). Our cannabis chef modified the recipe to help ppl have more success. Did you use a candy thermometer to get the cracking temperature?

        March 13, 2020 at 10:31 am Reply
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          Mary Beth Peters

          I do, and made gummies with the coconut oil. Didn’t care for the texture. I’ve also made gummies using the Haribou recipe and adding the tincture concentrate after I pull it off the heat. I’m having a hard time with adding jello at the end. It cools it off too much. Should it be added like at 240 and let it heat up.? It instantly turns to goo, but yes it gets hard. I need a way to give me more time. I’ve had two strokes and I struggle with moving quickly with hot sugar. Any suggestions? It seems like impending disaster every time.

          April 12, 2020 at 9:55 pm Reply
          • Jennifer Grant

            Hi Mary Beth – I’ve sent your message over to CannaDish to the cannabis chef there. Stay tuned.

            April 13, 2020 at 10:58 am
          • Jennifer Grant

            Mary Beth, Jacob says that if you are having an issue in that Jello is cooling it to quickly, try using flavor extracts and coloring instead. He will think about how to help with the stroke issue. I’m sure you are not alone in that recipes that require quick timing can be a problem.

            April 13, 2020 at 1:59 pm
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    Brianna Paige

    Hey Jennifer ,
    Ok … I’m getting frustrated. My candies never get hard. I have to keep them cool at all times. They are a soft chew candy very gritty you can taste the jello. I like using the butter. My tinctures haven’t come out good. So I know the butter can soften them , however do you think of skipping the jello ingredient for a simple flavoring oil could they harden up??

    July 18, 2019 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      I’m sorry you’re having such a struggle. I have not had a problem with this recipe. Are you using a candy thermometer?

      July 18, 2019 at 10:22 am Reply
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      diane richey

      It has to be 300 I have been making these for years every week. I use Terps Canna butter and RSO. I don’t loose anything it’s all in the timing

      November 25, 2019 at 3:56 pm Reply
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      Cannachef WiLL

      Vegetable glycerin tincture may have been used if candies are chewy., that or temp is reached.

      VG is not a crystal compound like sugar, so it doesnt set. Boiling point is ~450° so of using vg only way to male them hard is lower amounts if absolutely needing to use.

      February 4, 2020 at 2:39 pm Reply
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    Nicholas L Berger

    If I’m already using 1/4 cup cannabutter in the beginning, and want to increase the potency, how much tincture can I still add at the end?

    August 18, 2019 at 5:23 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      You can add as much as you need. It’s hard to answer as we don’t know the potency of your tincture. Try a few drops to start and move up or down from there.

      August 18, 2019 at 11:20 am Reply
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        Nicholas L Berger

        Sorry, I should have been more specific, I was referring to the consistency of the candy. Will it have trouble setting if I add too much? If I’m adding tincture, do I use less butter? Haven’t tried yet, but don’t want to screw up my first batch too bad.

        August 18, 2019 at 1:28 pm Reply
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      I want to try this recipe. I have non-infused coconut oil but I have a lot of wax. I know I need to decarb the wax first. And add that in at the end. My question is…how much wax should I use per batch?

      September 17, 2019 at 12:38 pm Reply
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        Chris Simpson

        High, I don’t decarb bc it gets done during cooking in mix😉 better results for the patients I treat, I use wax only and Lorraine oils for flavor not jello! Never has any issues

        January 6, 2020 at 12:28 pm Reply
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    Nicholas L Berger

    I apologize, I should have been more specific. I was asking more about the consistency of the candy. How much tincture can I add at the end, and still have the candy set properly? Do I use less butter to make up for tincture? Recipe says 1-2 tablespoons, but it also says that’s if you are not using cannabutter.

    August 18, 2019 at 6:27 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Ah. I see! I will have to contact the author of the recipe to find that out. I will get back to you! 🙂

      August 19, 2019 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      OK Nicholas – I just heard back from Robin Kimmel at CannaDish and she says that you can go ahead and add the tincture. A few drops is not going to result in any change to butter ratio. Hope that helps!

      August 20, 2019 at 10:39 am Reply
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        Nicholas L Berger

        Thank you, it turned out great adding 3/4 tbsp tincture at the end. I mean, I made a mess, but it turned out better than expected otherwise.

        August 21, 2019 at 7:32 pm Reply
        • Jennifer Grant

          Awesome!Thanks for the update! 🙂

          August 22, 2019 at 9:26 am Reply
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    Pamela Kay

    When having separation issues, I use liquid sunflower lecithin (1/8-1/4tsp) per batch as it’s a fabulous emulsion ingredient and tends to smooth everything out blending it completely together with no grainy texture in the end product. In fact, I’ve started using it in the initial infusion so it’s already present when ready to use in other recipes. Hope this helps! Happy cooking everyone!!

    September 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm Reply
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      Greg Sawyer

      When you use the sunflower lecithin in the original canna butter, how much do you use. For an ounce of bud and a pound of butter.
      I made some now and there was a full ounce of butter leftover that didnt mix. Thanks.

      November 9, 2019 at 12:26 am Reply
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    Len spruill

    Can I skip jello use cinnamon oil?

    November 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm Reply
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      Yes you can use flavorings I make rock candy using concentrate turns out awesome I melt my concentrate into a tablespoon of coconut oil then decarb it first

      January 4, 2020 at 1:27 pm Reply
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    I am loving this recipe. It is a bit oily, but black cherry jello And vigorous stirring, McCanna is a very smooth and non-Griddy. I added a bit of corn starch after dabbing them a little and they are perfect thank you so much.

    November 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm Reply
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    First time with recipe. So I use Canna butter and regular butter. What brand would be best for that

    November 29, 2019 at 1:35 pm Reply
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    Cherelle Clardy

    Hello what is the best way 2 evenly distribute either CBD powder or liquid into hard candy I need the percentage of CBD in the candy to be consistent within each candy I hope that makes sense.
    thank you

    December 6, 2019 at 12:15 am Reply
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    Lynnette Jellison

    I am allergic to dairy so canna butter is out . I infused organic unrefined coconut oil. Can I substitute the infused oil for the butter?

    December 28, 2019 at 5:49 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      yes you can. 🙂

      December 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm Reply
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      Nicholas L Berger

      Clarified ghee butter is lactose free, but technically not dairy free since it’s made with butterfat. They remove all of the milk solids during production. If you’re allergic as opposed to lactose intolerant it won’t make a difference though.

      January 15, 2020 at 12:55 pm Reply
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    Wendy Tolbert

    If i use candy molds do i need to oil the molds and if so what kind if oil do i use

    January 3, 2020 at 7:51 pm Reply
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    Sharon Wutzke

    Can I just add flower buds(broken up) into my brownie recipe? Won’t it decarb
    while it’s baking?

    Thanks, Sharon 😊

    January 14, 2020 at 8:22 pm Reply
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    Couldnt get the coconut oil to mix in regardless of candy thermometer and temp reaching 300. Candy turned out tasty though. Doubt it will get anyone high.

    April 28, 2020 at 9:17 am Reply
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    Hello and good afternoon,

    I have a bunch of high quality shatter, and a huge bag of jolly ranchers. Was wondering if you think I could possible melt the shatter into the jolly ranchers and make some candies. Or would i need to decarb it first?? Is it possible to decarb shatter??

    Thanks so much signed bored in quarantine

    May 19, 2020 at 3:24 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Hello – yes you will need to decry the shatter first. 30 minutes should be fine. Then cook with it.

      May 20, 2020 at 11:32 am Reply
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    Thanks so much….I am assuming around 200 degrees because it loses potency at 240??

    May 22, 2020 at 5:58 pm Reply

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