So I attempted to make some hard honey candy and ran into a few problems. I used a recipe of 2 1/2 cups of honey and 1/4 c butter. I heated the honey on med heat and all went well until I got to the hard ball stage. From hard ball to hard crack it kept getting burnt. I tried putting a 1/2 cup water at the start but ran into the same problem. What am I doing wrong, I even tried lowering the temp down one number on my stove.
(thank goodness I had extra honey laying around hehe)

Few other things I did...I have a candy therometer and watched /kept close eye on it, I reduced the heat a little to little avail. should I just skip the butter and just use honey?

Any help you all can give me would be greatful..