You can make stained glass candies with any variety of hard candy, but you get especially good results with Jolly Ranchers. Jolly Ranchers are particularly clear and bright, which makes for fun stained glass projects. The finished product can be eaten as-is, put on a stick for a lollipop or made into an ornament. Popular holidays for making stained glass candy ornaments include Christmas and Halloween. Making these candies is relatively easy and can be an interesting craft project for children.
Place aluminium foil onto a baking tray and wrap it around the edges. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
Arrange an assortment of cookie cutters onto the foil-covered tray. Spray the insides of the cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray. Cookie cutters come in shapes for almost every holiday and season, so be creative when choosing them.
Place hard candies inside the cookie cutters in one layer. Use a variety of colours to create the stained glass effect.
Bake the candies at 176 degrees Cor 10 to 15 minutes. Check every five minutes and remove the pan from the oven as soon as the candies are completely melted.
Poke a toothpick into the end of the candy after two minutes if desired. This creates a hole so that the candy can be made into an ornament. If you're making a lollipop, wait for two more minutes before lifting one side of the cookie cutter and inserting a stick into the candy.
Remove the cookie cutters from the candies once they are completely cooled.
Children should not attempt this craft on their own as it requires the use of a hot oven.