Patriotic Hard Candies

Are you ready for fireworks, family, barbecues, and summer fun? I sure am! I may be an adult but I still gaze in childlike wonder while watching fireworks. This year we will be splashing in the pool, riding the tube on the lake, eating copious amounts of delicious summer foods, and enjoying the company of our family.

I also take this opportunity to make super fun holiday themed treats to share. I can’t trust myself to make too many treats just for our little household, it’s hazardous to my health to keep too many goodies at hand. So I love having the excuse to make treats and share them with everybody. Along with cake balls and cookie pops I am also bringing these fun hard candies to enjoy.

Making these hard candies is so easy it doesn’t even require a recipe. Let me show you how…

Step-by-Step Photos

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All you need to make these cute little candies are a handful of red jolly ranchers, a heat proof glass jar, and a candy mold. This couldn’t be more simple!

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Melt the jolly ranchers in the microwave in intervals of 30 seconds, 10 seconds, 10 seconds, and so on until the jolly ranchers are completely melted. You don’t need to stir, I just jiggled the glass a little in between each interval. Let these bubbles calm down a bit before pouring the candy into your mold.

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Working quickly, fill your molds with the melted candy. The candy sets quickly, but be careful the candy is HOT!

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Look at that! Clean the glass cup in between each group of candy melting. The original candy will burn if you don’t get it all cleaned out. Place the candy mold in your refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

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I cleaned my glass cup by letting it soak in boiling water until the candy dissolved and left the glass clean.

If you have a stubborn little bit of candy hanging out in the glass, grab some tongs and a paper towel and scrub the inside of the glass to remove the last bits. All clean! Now you can repeat the process with blue candy. Yum!

067Aren’t these little guys adorable? Very fitting for this exciting holiday weekend and very tasty!

How are you celebrating this 4th of July?

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