Stained Glass Candy AKA: Homemade Jolly Ranchers

I’m not sure what the “official” name of this candy is. It totally depends on which website you look at. The site that I found called it Stained Glass Candy. My daughter said “wait a minute. These are Jolly Ranchers.” (She’s a genius.) =o)

This is the recipe we used for our Broken Glass Cupcakes (which were a huge hit.)

Stained Glass Candy
* 4 cups sugar
* 1 3/4 cups light corn syrup
* 1 cup water
* food coloring (if desired)
* 1 Tbsp. flavor extract OR 1 tsp. flavored oil

Line a large baking sheet with tin foil and either spray with a light coating of non-stick cooking spray or dust lightly with powdered sugar.

In a large pan add the sugar, corn syrup and water.  Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.  Turn heat up to high and let boil (without stirring) until temperature reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Immediately remove from heat and stir in flavoring and food coloring.

Pour into prepared pans and let cool.

(We used raspberry flavoring but didn’t put any food coloring in the batch for our cupcakes to make  it look like actual glass.)

When candy has hardened, break into small pieces and roll in powdered sugar.

This part is important because if you don’t roll them in powdered sugar, they will all stick together.  Unless, of course, you use them for the Broken Glass Cupcakes.  Then just break them up and stick them in cupcakes.

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  1. Love the candy! I’ve been nervous to try homemade candy, but I’ve got the thermometer so I may as well use it! Think I could use jell-o mix for 1 cup sugar and flavor? Thx

  2. how cool is THIS! it is the week of jolly ranchers!

  3. I used to make this when my kids were little! It’s so much better than Jolly Ranchers!!!

  4. I love hard candy. If it tastes like jolly ranchers I am in. I loved making the stained glass cookies for Christmas as a kid. I can’t wait to check out your cupcake post.

  5. I absolutely love that you made your own jolly ranchers! How cool is that?!

  6. My mother would make this a Christmas time and she called it Hard Tack candy.

  7. Yummy! My kids would love these. I have been wanting to get a candy thermometer for the longest time. I will have to get one soon so I can make these:)

  8. Jolly Ranchers huh? I guess you could use all kinds of different flavors. Watermelon, Rootbeer…it’s endless. Thanks Erin, love these.

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on the Tator Tot Casserole. I will definitely be trying it with chicken soon. Thanks for sharing! Also, love the candy!

  10. These look fantastic. I think I will try these for the holidays! Thanks for a great post!

  11. Just think of the variation of possibilities with colors and flavors! 🙂 Your candy looks great!

  12. This looks like fun! What flavor extract did you use? I have always been a big fan of Jolly Ranchers.

  13. This is a great post, I pinned it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I’m looking for something that my girls can make for holiday presents, and this looks like it just might fit the bill. I’ll love them too – they look like something I used to make as a kid. Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. wow!!! I can’t wait to try this! my hubby says he’s not into sweets, but every time i try a new recipe, treats start disappearing! I’ll add a packet or two of kool aid for flavor and a bit of ‘tangyness’ associated with Jolly Ranchers! thank you (^_^)