Leslie's First Aid Kit: Capsaicin Candy Recipe Page 1 of 1





Leslie's First Aid Kit: Capsaicin Candy Recipe





Capsaicin the substance that makes chile peppers hot, has been found to reduce pain in arthritis patients when topically applied repeatedly over several is weeks. Researchers have found that it reduces substance P which is found at nerve endings and is involved in transmitting pain signals to the brain.


Using this principle, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine have devised a candy, composed of hot chili peppers and taffy, to ease mouth pain in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Often chemo causes painful mouth sores that are difficult to treat. The sugar in the candy inhibits the burn of the capsacin in the mouth while the capsaicin provides pain relief.


The following recipe was adapted from the Joy of Cooking Cookbook.

Hot Pepper Candy Recipe:


       1 cup sugar

       cup light corn syrup

       2/3 cup water

       1 tbs cornstarch

       2 tbs butter or marg

       1 tbs salt

       2 tsp vanilla

       tsp cayenne pepper

       8x8x2 buttered pan



In 2 qt saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, water, cornstarch, butter and salt.


Over medium heat, stirring constantly till hard ball stage (256F). Remove the pan from heat. stir in vanilla and pepper


Pour candy into buttered pan to cool. Don't scrape the sides of the saucepan or your candy might crystallize.


When the candy is cool enough to handle, butter your hands (important unless you like having toffee stuck to you) and pull until satiny and stiff. Pull into long strips, cut into 1"pieces, and wrap with wax paper.






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