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Melting Jolly Rancher Candies for sugar decorations?

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I was just wondering what the best way to do this is? In the mircowave or on a stove top?

I am trying to make lights for a car and possibly a windshield. Do they make clear Jolly Ranchers?

I tried to boil sugar before but it did not set up for some reason. I am not sure what the right ratio of sugar to water is to do this or even how long you boil the sugar. Any tips on this as well??

Thanks for the help!
post #2 of 29
I think the closest thing you'll get to clear jolly ranchers is the lemon flavor. I've read somewhere that you can do it in the microwave you just have to keep a close eye on it. HTH
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post #3 of 29
I learned yesterday about "poured sugar" - look up subject matter on search engine on your computer to get details. Recipe I found on http://www.foodnetwork.com (Poured Sugar Centerpiece). You can make clear or color. Can also make lollipops using the recipe. This might be what you are looking for as a reader was inquiring about method as she was doing a photographer's CAMERA and needed something clear for the lens, etc. It would be more work than just melting jolly ranchers but might be well worth the effort. Another suggestion is to use gelatin or gelatin sheets - I've used this method to make fairy wings.
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I have tried melting the jolly ranchers to make jewels and it didn't work out - they were very sticky.

If you use the sugar recipe, it will not be clear - it starts to turn amber before it gets to the point you need it to be for poured sugar.

If you want it to be clear, your best bet is isomalt. That stays clear - unlike sugar.

I would use the gelatin method - it is flexable too.
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post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

I have tried melting the jolly ranchers to make jewels and it didn't work out - they were very sticky.

If you use the sugar recipe, it will not be clear - it starts to turn amber before it gets to the point you need it to be for poured sugar.

If you want it to be clear, your best bet is isomalt. That stays clear - unlike sugar.

I would use the gelatin method - it is flexable too.

Loucinda, Where do you find isomalt??
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post #6 of 29
You can order it from Global Sugar Arts and I expect most cake supply stores would have it. HTH
post #7 of 29
If you look in my pix I have two cakes with jolly rancher butterflies done in that fashion. Let me look and see if I still have the written out directions (if not I'll have to write them out again.)
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post #8 of 29
First put the candies on a parchment paper (or Silpat) lined cookie sheet. Put in a 300 degree oven until they are completely melted flat. This takes between 5 and 10 minutes.
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post #9 of 29
I did mine right in the silicone butterfly mold.
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post #10 of 29
bobwonderbuns- I can't find which of your pix have the jolly rancher butterflies. Which ones are they? Did you use cornstarch or something in the mold to help the removal process? Did you melt them in the microwave or the oven? Thanks icon_smile.gif
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Thanks bobwonderbuns! Just a few more questions! When I use fondant with silicone molds I have to dust the inside with cornstarch or the fondant will stick. You don't put anything in the mold before adding the candy? Do you just have to use trial and error for the correct "baking" time? How do you know when it's done...is it done when all the candy is completely melted? What is confectioner's glaze?
post #13 of 29
I just smash the jolly ranchers and pour the "dust" into the molds, no need to put anything like cornstarch or anything to make it nonstick. I watch them carefully, maybe 5 minutes and when they glaze over I take them out and they are done when they pop out. Confectioners glaze is hard to explain, let me see if I can get you a link to it.

Okay here's a link: http://www.globalsugarart.com/search.php?search=confectioners+glaze&searchimage.x=10&searchimage.y=1

If you get the glaze, get the thinner also or you'll never get your brushes clean. (Go ahead, ask me how I know this...) icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #14 of 29
You can melt the sugar on the stove top but you need a candy thermometer. I think it needs to get to 350 but don't quote me on that. Also to keep that clear color you need to add cream of tarter otherwise it will burn and turn brown. Its not very hard to just takes a little time to get the sugar to the correct temp. If it doesnt reach the right temp. it will not harden.
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post #15 of 29
For gingerbread house windows, directions often say to melt hard candies (chopped up) in the oven. You put the chopped candies on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet, then put in oven to melt the candies. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't scorch. You can make single-colored windows or a stained glass look with multi-colored candies.
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