make celebrate cook shop meet26APR2010How to make hard candy jewelsby: Chica share itJo and I have been doing lots of projects over the last month or so for Little Jo’s birthday party, and I want to show you one of the projects I did for part of the party decor. We found ourselves needing some round gems in just the right color of teal. If they could be edible, all the better. So I did some shopping and some research and came up with everything I needed to make hard candy jewels. And I gotta tell you, this turned out to be one of the most fun projects I’ve done in ages!By the way, there was a lot of trial and error as I figured out just the right techniques for making hard candy, and I’ll tell you about my mistakes at the end, but for now, here is the right way to do it!You’ll need to pick up a couple of custom supplies for making hard candy. First, you’ll need some hard candy jewel molds. Make sure you get molds that are specifically designed for hard candy. Don’t use chocolate molds or anything that’s not made to withstand the high temperature of the sugar syrup.You will also need some liquid food coloring that’s suitable for use with hard candy and optionally, some candy flavoring oils in any flavor you like (although I left mine plain, and they tasted kind of like cotton candy!) The rest of the items you’ll need are quite simple: corn syrup, sugar, water, a pan, non-stick cooking spray, a candy thermometer, and a Pyrex 4-cup measuring cup.