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