I saw candy gemstones over at Martha Stewart and knew that I had to make my own.
Now, I’m no candy makin’ pro. In fact, the first time I made hard candy was only a few months ago when I made sea glass candy. I figured these wouldn’t be much more difficult.
I found the candy making part pretty easy – it was pouring it into the molds that I found a bit challenging. You have to be pretty quick, or the candy will start to set. You also have to be delicate enough when you pour the candy so that the molds don’t overflow.
Being the impatient gal that I am, I put the molds into the refrigerator after pouring the candy. When they were good and hard I took them out of the fridge and tried to pop them out of the well-oiled molds. I found that some of the candies didn’t come out of the molds perfectly and left a bit of candy residue inside the mold. I’m not sure if this would have happened if I would have let them set at room temperature.
Overall, I liked the look of the candy (and the taste!), but next time I would let them set on the counter and see if they released any better.
DIY Candy Jewels Tutorial
Make candy using the sea glass candy recipe. (I made grape and rootbeer.)
Oil your candy molds. I used canola oil.
When candy is done, pour into a heat resistant measuring cup.
Pour candy into gemstone molds.
Let the candy harden.
Pop out of molds when ready.
Photos: Christina Friedrichsen, IntimateWeddings.com