Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cooking Up a Party: Sea Glass Candy

I have some incredible friends. What can I say? I'm very lucky. One of those incredible friends is Kira who, besides being an amazing mom, rocks the party like no one else I know. She designed partyware for X's first birthday bash (don't worry, there's a post on that coming up) and throws amazing parties for her own two kiddos. This year, her daughter requested an "Under the Sea" theme for her birthday and Kira got to work. Along with adorable stuffed felt party favors (all handmade), she invented this fun party treat - Sea Glass Candy.
Warning: This is NOT a recipe to make with your kids but your kids will love the results. Remember molten sugar and kids don't mix.

Sea Glass Candy
makes a lot

2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon extract (mint, peppermint, chocolate, etc...)
3 drops food coloring
1 cup powdered sugar

Candy Thermometer is a must (I found mine at a local kitchen supply store, but here's a great deal online)
Large bristled paintbrush or pastry brush (I use my kids fairly clean paint brushes)

Affix the candy thermometer to the side of a medium heavy-bottomed pot.  Add 2 cups white sugar, 1 cup water and 3/4 cup light corn syrup.  Mix.  Heat over medium-low heat (if using an electric stovetop, heat over medium).  Stir until sugar dissolves.

When the mixture begins to simmer, brush down the insides of the pan with a large damp paint brush or pastry brush.  This will prevent candy sticking later.

Prep a lipped cookie sheet by laying down waxed paper and coating with a spray of veg oil.  (For thicker sea glass, set a second brownie pan or cookie sheet atop the first, to create a smaller area for the liquid candy to fill).

Wait.  Wait until the mixture reaches 250 degrees (this takes a while, so be patient).
Once at 250, add food coloring (I found blue and green in varying proportions to work the best for sea glass).

Wait some more.  Once thermometer reaches 300 degrees, add 2-6 drops of flavoring, BE CAREFUL, IT IS GOING TO SPUTTER.  I add a drop and stand back (no kids please), then add more...slowly.

No need to stir, the boiling motion carries the color throughout.

Remove form heat and carefully pour liquid candy onto the waxed paper.

Let cool 45 minutes minimum.  Candy should resist a fingerprint.

Cover with dishtowels.  Here's the fun part:  whack with a mallet or wooden spoon.  Note: too much whacking will result in grit, place your whacks carefully - check candy unde rthe twoel often).

Break apart along crack lines.  (If you have too-sharp edges I recommend a little rubbing under warm water.)  Brush and rub powdered sugar onto pieces to create a "sea-glass" look

Editor's Note: There's a funny after story to this post....


Mermaids of the Lake said...

Amazing! Beautiful! I publish Mermaids of the Lake, an online women's magazine. The theme for our next issue (July/August) is all about the awesome colors of summer. I would love to use this as an article with links to all involved... What do you think?


Anonymous said...

...Walter White?

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