Candy glass, also called sugar glass, is a simple mixture of sugar, water and corn syrup that's used to decorate desserts. Although the idea is simple, it may take some practice to get it right and to end up with pieces of candy glass that are elegant enough to enhance your dessert creations. To make it more appealing, or so the glass enhances your dessert, add colorings and flavorings to the glass.
Things You'll Need
- Clear corn syrup
- Nonstick saucepan
- Candy thermometer
- Food coloring (optional)
- Cinnamon, mint or vanilla extract (optional)
- Oil or nonstick spray or parchment paper
- Cookie sheet
- Mallet or hammer
- Wax paper
Combine 3 parts sugar, 1 part corn syrup and 1 part water in a large nonstick saucepan, stirring the mixture thoroughly. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan, making sure that the tip is deeply submerged but does not touch the bottom of the pan.
Heat the mixture over medium-high heat. You don't need to stir the mixture. Wait for the candy thermometer to reach 290 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the hard crack stage.
Spray a cookie sheet lightly with nonstick spray, or apply a thin layer of oil or shortening to it with a paper towel. Or, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Stir in a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract, if you are using them, before you remove the heat from the pan.
Pour the hot sugar onto the greased cookie sheet. Leave it to cool at room temperature until it is completely hardened.
Cut or break the glass into desired sizes and shapes using a meat mallet or a clean hammer. For decorating desserts, you can drop the cookie sheet onto the floor from waist height to create shards. Cover the floor in the area with waxed paper to keep the candy clean.
Tips & Warnings
- Because the sugar mixture may boil up, use a large pan.
- Candy glass is used to simulate glass in stunts in movies, photographs and plays because it breaks easily.
- Do not attempt to speed up the hardening process by placing the candy glass in the freezer or refrigerator. This could cause it to shatter suddenly, sending pieces of the hardened "glass" flying.
- The heated sugar mixture is extremely hot and will stick to skin if spilled. Always use hand protection and exercise caution when dealing with heated sugar syrup.
- Candy glass can cause injuries when used for stunts.
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