Homemade Jolly Rancher Candies

Homemade Jolly Rancher Candies!

So, this recipe is essentially the same as the one for Candy Apples.. well, aside for the apples, anyway!

The ingredients and technique for making the candy syrup are mostly the same – it’s the addition of citric acid, and what you do with the molten sugar that makes the difference. The techniques described here can also be used to make homemade “Jolly Rancher” candies from leftover candy syrup when making candy apples.

There are two main ways to shape your candies – the easiest way is to pour the candy into a baking sheet that’s been prepared with butter or parchment paper, then score it when it’s still hot, but cool enough to handle.

The second way is to use silicone hard candy molds, such as those you can find on Amazon.I like to pour the hot candy mixture into a glass measuring cup to pour into the molds, but some people prefer to spoon it.

Either way, have some fun with it, just not TOO much fun – melted sugar burns are no joke!

Note: Hard candy is very hydrophilic – it pulls moisture out of the air, and absorbs it. This will result in sticky or “sweaty” candy – you’ll want to either wrap them individually, or keep them sealed in an airtight container.

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Homemade Jolly Rancher Candies


Below: My husband swiped an unscored “row” of warm candy, and shaped it. Awww! Brownie points for him!

Homemade Jolly Rancher Candies



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13 thoughts on “Homemade Jolly Rancher Candies

  1. Received an email question from a read, figured I should answer it here as well:

    > I was trying to find a way to make liquor infused hard candy and came
    > across your recipe so my question is do you think that adding alcohol to
    > the recipe will affect the hardening of the candy itself? Any help is
    > appreciated ..thanks for your time! 🙂

    No, it shouldn’t affect the hardening, but it may affect how long it takes
    to reach the candy stage – and there will be no alcohol left in there by
    that point. Also, depending on what you’re using, some ingredients may
    scorch (certain liqueurs, etc)

    Best thing to do is experiment!

  2. Can you make jolly rancher Popsicles out of jolly ranchers or a warm jolly rancher drink and also can you make jolly rancher fondant or icing or cupcakes if so please post recipies

  3. Yes how much does this yeild I’m making 6 different colors I’m trying not to make more then 2 pounds of candy this is for St.Patty’s day

  4. Does this actually have the same jolly rancher taste or does it taste just like regular flavoured hard candies?

  5. Hi, I wanted to make a jolly rancher flavor pink lemonade.
    I wondering if I should use sour pink lemonade
    Or add malic acid. To get a similar outcome?

    1. Well, actual lemonade would scorch and probably turn brown, and I doubt it would impact enough flavour. I know you can buy pink lemonade flavour oil, is there a reason not to just use that?

  6. How much Candy does this make approximately? I would like to make several different flavors but I don’t want to end up with a huge quantity of candy. Thanks so much!

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