How to Make Christmas Ornaments Out of Jolly Ranchers


Jolly Ranchers are fruit-flavored, hard candies and Christmas ornament materials. It is not a well-known fact that you can make Christmas ornaments from these child-favored candies, making it an ideal craft for children. The candies produce a stained glass looking ornament in bright, fruity colors. Each ornament is a unique as the colors mingle in different patterns as they melt. The craft takes about an hour and does not require a lot of clean up.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 - 14 ounce packages of Jolly Rancher candies
  • Small, glass bowl for each color of candy
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Mallet (optional)
  • Chopstick
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Remove the Jolly Rancher candies from the wrappers. Sort them into bowls by color.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Farenheit.

  • Place a piece of aluminum foil on the baking sheet. Cover the entire surface of the sheet with foil. Use two sheets side-by-side if the foil is not wide enough.

  • Spray the bottom and inside of each cookie cutter lightly with the non-stick spray. Place the cookie cutters onto the cookie sheet.

  • Fill the cookie cutters with candies. Vary the colors of the candies to produce a stained glass look. You may need to break the candies with a mallet to get them to fit in the cutter.

  • Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for approximately ten minutes or until the candies have melted completely.

  • Remove from the oven and let cool. After three or four minutes, spray non-stick spray on the end of the chopstick. Poke a hole with the chopstick in the top of each ornament.

  • Let the ornaments cool about 30 to 45 minutes. Gently pull the cookie cutters from the baking sheet.

  • Cut a piece of ribbon and string through the hole. Tie in a bow and hang on the Christmas tree.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the candy runs out the side of the cutter while baking, do not be alarmed. Gently break the excess off after the ornament has cooled.
  • If the hole closes up after you have pierced the candy with the chopstick, the candy has not cooled enough. Wait another minute or two and try again.

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