Because I have a small southern bias….
8 cups sugar, granulated
2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups hot water
1 teaspoon salt
8 egg whites, stiffly beaten
4 teaspoons vanilla extract (yes really)
In a large saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Cook to hard ball stage without stirring. Pour hot syrup very slowly over stiffly beaten egg whites, beating constantly at high speed with electric mixer for 5 min or so. Add vanilla and continue beating until mixture forms soft peaks and loses gloss. Drop by teaspoons on waxed paper. Swirl each candy to a peak.