Stained glass candy is not just a yummy treat for your family; it also makes a festive gift or unique party favour, and it looks beautiful on your table, especially during the holidays. Mix up this simple recipe any time of year, and have fun playing with different flavours and colours.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 2 baking trays (12-by-18 inch minimum)
- Confectioner's sugar
- Large pot
- 8 cups granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 cups light corn syrup
- 2 cups water
- Candy thermometer
- Bakery brush
- Rubber spatula
- Medium pot
- 2 tbsp flavoured extract (your choice)
- 2 tbsp food colouring (your choice)
- Kitchen mallet
- Airtight storage containers
Grease two baking trays with butter and then thoroughly dust them, bottom and sides, with confectioner's sugar. Set them aside.
Combine 2 cups of water, 3 1/2 cups of light corn syrup and 8 cups of granulated sugar in a large pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Using a bakery brush dipped in cold water, brush any granules from the sides of the pot as you continue to stir.
Raise the heat to high and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Let it boil until the candy thermometer reaches 149 degrees Celsius. Immediately remove the mixture from the heat.
Pour half of the mixture into a medium pot. You must work quickly before the mixture begins to harden. In one pot, add 1 tbsp each of your choice of flavoured extract and food colouring. You may add more food colouring if desired to achieve the desired colour. Stir well.
Pour one pot of mixture into the first baking tray, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the pot. Pour the other pot of mixture into the second baking tray, again scraping the sides with the spatula.
Allow the mixture to cool until completely hard. To speed up cooling, you may place it in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour.
Crack the hardened candy into pieces with a kitchen mallet. Store the candy in airtight containers.
Tips and warnings
- As you finish with each pot and utensil, immediately place it in hot, soapy water so that the candy will not harden on it.
- For a party or holiday gathering, try filling a coloured glass bowl with your stained glass candy for an eye-catching treat.
- Be careful when working with the boiling candy mixture, it will be EXTREMELY HOT.
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