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post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

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



Thanks for all your help bobwonderbuns! How stable are the pieces that are made from melted jolly rancher candy? It seems that I heard pulled sugar pieces and even isomalt pieces are not stable for very long. Is that true with jolly ranchers too?
post #17 of 29
Mine lasted a couple of weeks before they were eaten. On one cake I did them and the lady didn't pick it up until a week late... icon_confused.gif But it was all still edible. I find if I brush them with confectioners glaze they stay good longer.
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post #18 of 29
BWB - what time of year did you make these? I really did try several times with the jolly ranchers this summer to make the jewels for that brown ribbon cake, they would NOT work for me! They were sticky and gross within minutes of setting in the molds. Any ideas on what I did wrong?

I have melted the candies for windows for gingerbread houses (not jolly ranchers - butterscotch discs) and that worked fine - is it because they are flat and the jewels were thicker?
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post #19 of 29
I haven't done jewels, just butterflies. I'm wondering if the mold shape has something to do with that -- jewels are deeper and smaller while the butterfly molds are shallow and wide. I've made them at all different times of the year with no problems. I've heard for jewels some people like Isomalt -- they say it works better but I've never tried that. Other than that I'm not sure.
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post #20 of 29
Isomalt is what I ended up using.....and even that didn't work well. I did talk to K. Ryder about it during the pulled sugar class I took - he said I needed to take the isomalt up to 370 (I had only taken it to 320 and 340 the times I did it) Live and learn! I am betting we are right though, it has to do with the mold I was usuing being a deeper one. Thanks!
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post #21 of 29
I melted jolly ranchers for the water on this penguin cake and also for the star at the top of this cupcake tower.

I just crushed and put in the oven, very simple.

I did crush up white lifesavers for the lake initially and went to check on it and it was nice and clear as it melted, however I forgot it was in the oven (I was molding the penguins) and was like "what's that smell?" oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh..........the LAKE! lol So I wound up using the blue instead.

but if you're looking for clear, try lifesavers.
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post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

I melted jolly ranchers for the water on this penguin cake and also for the star at the top of this cupcake tower.

I just crushed and put in the oven, very simple.

I did crush up white lifesavers for the lake initially and went to check on it and it was nice and clear as it melted, however I forgot it was in the oven (I was molding the penguins) and was like "what's that smell?" oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh..........the LAKE! lol So I wound up using the blue instead.

but if you're looking for clear, try lifesavers.

I love the star, what did you melt the jolly rancher in and what temp. also the lifesavers, if you don't mine me asking.
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post #23 of 29
I just put them on a sheet pan lined with foil that was sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, crushed up the candies and spread them out in an even layer, popped them in a 350 degree oven with the door slightly ajar so I could watch it and take them out as soon as it's all melted. For the star I let the candy set up just a bit (it was still soft but gooey) and used a metal cookie cutter and pushed it down into the melted candy really good and just left it there for a couple minutes and let the candy set up more...then I picked up the cutter (the cut out part stays inside) and removed excess candy from around it (it was the consistency of taffy at this point) and then pushed the star out of the cutter with my finger tips and allowed it to completely cool and reharden on a flat surface.

Then I just attached silver dragees to the edge of the star with some royal icing.
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post #24 of 29
Thank you so much, dh is on his way to the store as I type and getting me the jolly ranchers, I appreciate the info and the speedy answer.
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post #25 of 29
KH - thank you so much for all of this - I think I will give it a try again to see how it works - only make the mold thinner next time! I love the effects you have gotten with it.
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post #26 of 29
KHalstead, one more thing, I am having a hard time crushing the jolly ranchers to a dust, would you mine telling me how do crush yours, TIA
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post #27 of 29
I throw the jolly ranchers into a food processor for a few seconds. Pulse until it's how fine you like it.
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post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

I throw the jolly ranchers into a food processor for a few seconds. Pulse until it's how fine you like it.

Thank you bobwonderbuns, last night I put them in a zip bag and dropped on floor but couldn't get them small enough, I will try your way thanks again
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post #29 of 29
You can melt jolly ranchers or life savers or any hard candy in the oven on a foil covered cookie sheet or on a silpat. But once they are melted, you only have just a few moments before they will harden up again. But I don't know of any hard candy that is totally clear. The best thing that is clear is Isomalt pellets. You can probably buy them from Global Sugar Arts. Also, if you have a metal form (cookie cutter?) in the shape of what you want, drop a few of the Isomalt pellets inside of the form and melt in the oven. That way you don't have to try to shape it while it is hot. It will just run or puddle into the forms shape. I also used aluminum foil inside the form, so I could just lift or pull it out of the form. Hope that helps.
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