If you’re looking for an easy yet impressive dessert to give as a good party favor, edible gift, or need a good addition to some wedding swag bags, some DIY sea glass candy is just what you need. It only needs 5 ingredients for you to create a magical and whimsical homemade candy.
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Things you need to make Sea Glass Candy
It may seem intimidating to make your own candy at home but it’s actually quite simple. Here’s what you’re going to need:
- A small sauce pan
- One Candy Thermometer
- A whisk or spatula
- And a small baking sheet
- The ingredients for sea glass (listed below)
Sea glass candy is great for wedding favors, mermaid parties, or to give as a simple gift to someone you know who loves the ocean. I personally first made this for my friend who was leaving to join the navy. It seemed fitting.
Oddly enough, I’ve also given this as a sympathy gift as a reminder for my friend with a broken heart that those sharp edges will smooth with time and become something even more beautiful and someone else’s treasure. (I know, I’m so freaking poetic).
If you don’t want to give it on its own, sea glass candy also looks great as part of a cake topper or for decorating cupcakes, cakes, and other frosted goodies.
Hard Candy isn’t hard as you might think!
Hard candy isn’t as hard as it is made out to be. I mean, yeah, it’s a heck of a lot harder without a candy thermometer, but with one, it’s so easy. Hard candy is a beginner’s best friend.
You’re going to see how easy it is to make this stuff but your friends won’t know so they’ll be super impressed with you mad candy making skill.
This time I did a large array of colors. There was blue raspberry, strawberry, orange, lime, and regular raspberry.
Handy Tips for Making Sea Glass Candy
- Make sure you candy thermometer is accurate. Trust me, if it’s not, your sugar mix will burn, your house will smoke and you will set off your apartment building’s fire alarms leading to the baker’s walk of shame.
- The hard crack stage of candy making is between 300F and 310F (150C-155C). I would suggest heating it closer to the 310F point because the Jello does have a tendency to make things goopey if you use too much of it or your syrup doesn’t get hot enough.
- Also make sure that you do NOT add more than the 1 teaspoon of Jello or else you’ll end up with the same goopey mess.
- When adding the powdered sugar, if you want a clean, even look to it, use a clean (and for baking only) craft paint brush to smooth off the excess and really fill in those crevices.
- Generic gelatin dessert works just as well as the name brand Jello. I’m here to share easy, fun desserts with you guys…not to break your bank. Pay half the cost because it seriously it works just as well.
- HOWEVER! I have found that Karo corn syrup works better than the generic brand, so get yo’self some Karo for perfection.
Sea Glass Recipes
- ⅓ cup Light Karo Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 tsp Jello
- 1 tbsp Powdered Sugar
- Lightly grease a baking pan or sheet and set aside.
- Add your sugar, Karo corn syrup, and water to a small sauce pan.
- Heat it over medium heat stirring it continuously until the sugar dissolves and let it come to a boil. Keep your heat at medium! (Don't burn your sugar mixture)!
- Using a candy thermometer, heat this mixture until it reaches about 310°F, 155°C, or to the Hard Crack stage.
- Once it reaches this temp, remove it from the heat and let it sit for about 20-30 seconds. Then add in your teaspoon of Jello and whisk it in. Then quickly pour into your prepared baking pan.
- Let your candy cool for 3-4 hours. Then, cover with a piece of parchment paper and smack it a couple times with a rolling pin, wooden spoon, or similar.
- Coat your sea glass in powdered sugar and Voila.
Sea glass candy is pretty easy to make but such a gorgeous candy. It’s always fun to branch out and try new things when you enjoy baking and this is a recipe that’s hard to truly eff up (unless you burn the sugar and cause a fire evacuation 🤦🏼♀️).
So give it a try, have fun with it and impress everyone with your awesome new candy making skills at your next event or party!
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