How to make homemade
- Hard Candy- General Tips
Bunnies, filled eggs, and suckers
Glass bowl (if using
Double boiler (if using
Squirt bottle (not necessary,
but very helpful)
Little paint brush (if doing
Mold(s) very cheap can be
bought at craft stores or online.
Sucker sticks (if making
Little plastic bags and
ribbon (keep candy clean, and looking good)
(normally come in one pound bags), made especially for melting and molding.
They come in a wide assortment of colors and flavors, as well as qualities.
The standard milk chocolate is expensive, and will do for the average Easter
candy. As you gain experience you can buy better quality.
Non liquid food coloring
and vanilla flavored wafers, if you are planing to do fancier looking chocolates,
but don't want to buy a whole bag of colored wafers. (never use liquid
Candy decorations if desired.
Candy eyes, eatable glitter, ...
on wafer bag, for melting.
Pour into mold
Place mold in refrigerator
for 30 to 45 minutes
Remove from mold.
Trim off any excess chocolate
For fancy multicolored
Melt colored wafers,
or vanilla wafers.
If using vanilla, stir in
Using a little paint brush,
paint chocolate on to mold. (Warning, do not wash brush with water, between
colors! Wipe off excess color with dry paper towel, or use different brush)
Allow to set,
Fill mold with chocolate,
and continue as you would for a plain bunny.
||* Tip: Some molds may leak a little, place on dish or cookie sheet
These are done much the
same way as bunnies, however the mold is "painted" with chocolate.
After chocolate has set,
fill. (note: there are some excellent ready made fillings, however if you
are on a budget, melted caramel or fruit preserves can be used.)
Either spoon, or use your
squirt bottle to finish filling the mold with chocolate.
Allow to set.
Remove from mold, trim off
any excess chocolate.
Candy thermometer (optional,
but very handy)
Hard candy mold(s) - NOTE
the mold must be made for high temperatures!! Molds for chocolate candies
will melt. Make sure the label says "for hard candy".
Sucker sticks (if making
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup corn syrup
food coloring (most any
Pam (or any vegetable spray)
Spray mold(s) with a light
coating of Pam
Place sticks in place (if
Place sugar, water, and
corn syrup in sauce pan
Cook over medium high heat,
stir until sugar is dissolved.
Remove when temperature
has reached (crack stage) 300 F
Very quickly stir in color
Pour into molds
Gently pop out of molds
The above recipe, can make
36 of the little rabbits, or 12 suckers. Your actual amounts will depend
of the size of your molds. These two molds came from Get
Suckered, their cost is less than $2.00 each. The sucker mold makes
6 at a time, and the rabbit makes 12.
tips and tricks for success and saving $$
If you are going to be doing
both chocolate and hard candy, buy hard candy molds. These can be used
for both types, unlike chocolate molds that can only be used for chocolate.
As with molds, if you buy
oil based flavors they can be used for both types of candies.
Chocolate will become a mess,
if it comes in contact with any liquid other than oil! All utensils must
be dry before using.
Chocolate can be flavored,
there are many different oil based flavoring available.
While alcohol based flavoring
can be used for hard candy, oil based to better.