I once tried a recipe using corn syrup to make my own candy cane candy. using a candy thermometer, you boil the syrup and peppermint extract, and SUPPOSEDLY, have two pots one red coloured (food dye) one white. well. I decided to be origional, modify the recipee using only one pot with blue food colouring to make it icy looking. your're supposed to string it out of the pot (dripping from a spoon) and stretch it onto wax paper. well, I obviously did everything wrong, because the stuff was so darn hot, it solidified mid air, burnt and melted through the wax paper, melted all over my counter and hardened, and turned brown, not blue. that was also my last attempt at candy making beyond fudge or brittle.
the day was saved though. I ended up with all these lumpy brown turd looking candy - I chipped as much off my counter, put it in a tin and labeled it: "candy cane flavoured snowman poop" and gave it to my friends husband who LOVED IT. the stuff apparently tasted fine. (I wouldn't know if he was just being nice about that though - I am diabetic.