Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 8 - "Glass" Candy Ornaments

When we saw this idea for making "Glass" Candy Ornaments, we knew we had to make it as part of our Twelve Days of Homemade Christmas. The original tutorial involved melting hard candies in your oven using foil-covered cookie cutters as a mold. Sounds simple enough....until we tried it and it was a total FAIL! We are sure the error was on our part, but we were determined to make these adorable ornaments! Then an idea came to us: skip the cookie cutters and use silicone muffin tins! We tried it and it was an amazing success! So much so that we had to share our version with all of you!

What You Need:
  • Hard Candies
  • Cooking Spray
  • Silicone Muffin Tins (all we had were heart-shaped! haha!)
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Ribbon or String
Spray your muffin tins with the cooking spray and set them on a cookie sheet. Then place your unwrapped hard candies in a single layer in the tins (we found that three fit nicely).

Place your tins in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until your candies are completely melted. Careful! They will be really hot! Let the candy sit for a couple minutes, then with your wooden skewer make a hole in the still-soft candy. You may have to do this a couple times, as the warm candy may fill in your hole.
Once it is completely cool, pop your new ornaments out of the molds. They should come out very easily! Then tie a ribbon or string through the hole and hang on your tree or in your window! They look so pretty - just like glass!
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  1. These really are pretty - but do they get sticky as they warm up with the Christmas tree lights?
    These just seem like they would end up being a big mess to me - what has your experience been with them on your tree?

  2. I recently watched something on TV about candy making and the expert candy maker said that candy is technically a glass.

  3. Well, I don't have a silicone mold, I'm wondering how well these would pop out of a traditional Christmas cookie pan. I'm going to try it one day this weekend, but if you've tried it and failed......please let me know so I don't bother. LOL. Thanks. :)