DIY Candy Gemstones

diy candy jewels

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 used the same recipe as the sea glass candy to make the candy gemstones, and the molds were provided to me by Fancy Flours.

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.

candy gemstones

Let the candy harden.

Pop out of molds when ready.

candy gemstones


Photos: Christina Friedrichsen,

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  1. Posted by Dognbird on April 6th, 2010 at 2:23pm

    I love these, so creative!!
  2. Posted by anna and the ring on April 6th, 2010 at 7:27pm

    How fabulous. Cannot wait to have a go at making these!
  3. Posted by Angie on April 6th, 2010 at 8:54pm

    These would be great in little clear candy dishes on the tables at the reception or in little bags or boxes for the guests for party favors. Love them!
  4. Posted by meaghan (chic cookies) on April 11th, 2010 at 6:05pm

    Beautiful! I posted a link at
  5. Posted by Christina on April 12th, 2010 at 8:04am

    Thanks Meaghan, as always!
  6. Posted by Jay on February 7th, 2011 at 6:50pm

    Perfect idea for my jeweltone wedding!! I'm so excited!
  7. Posted by Sara on January 10th, 2013 at 4:37am

    Perfect idea for my wedding! Does anyone know where on line to buy the gemstone molds ?
    Thank you!
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