If melting and pouring hot sugar isn’t your thing, but you’d love to make your own edible jewels & gems, then this is the tut for you! Instead of melting candy and then working at the speed of light to get it into your molds (and not all over your hands), why not let the candy do all of the work? I have to tell you, after weeks of dealing with crazy weather and endless snow, taking a little bit of aggression out on those little Jolly Ranchers felt pretty good. Felt even better when my smashed candy experiment was a success! Now I have something pretty to look at (and eat!) while I watch the snow fall (again).
– Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers
– Small zip-top bags
– Rolling pin
– Extra Large Gems Hard Candy Mold (or other heat-proof gem mold)
– Pan spray
– Paper towel
Position a rack in the center of your oven and heat the oven to 275 degrees. (I used my toaster oven.)
Unwrap a few Jolly Ranchers and place them in a zip-top bag.
Use your rolling pin to smash up the candy into small pieces. Set the bag aside while you prep your mold.
Spray pan spray onto a paper towel and use the greased towel to wipe the cavity of your gem mold. This provides enough of a barrier to pop the gem out later, but not so much grease that it makes your gems cloudy. Pick up the mold I used here: Extra Large Gems Hard Candy Mold.
Place the gem mold onto a cookie sheet, then into the oven for 5-7 minutes. As the candy melts, it will spread out and fill in the mold. If the gem is not as full as you’d like, sprinkle in a little more candy and place the tray back into the oven for another minute or so. Just long enough for the additional candy to melt.
Let the gem mold cool on the cookie sheet until it’s easy to handle. Even though these molds are heat-proof, they still get a little wiggly when they’re warmed up. For this reason, you’ll want to wait until the mold has cooled to room temperature before picking it up. This should only take about 5 minutes.
Once the mold is cool to the touch, pop it into the fridge for another 5-10 minutes. This will make your candy gems easier to remove.