For a Halloween party, I want to make some wild and weird jello shots (we're twentysomething, if that helps.) I need some tips on melting hard candy into a flavoring syrup! Has anyone done this before?

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anyone October 13, 2010

Not sure if it can be done, never tried. Keep in mind hard candy was once liqiud. Do some research on making hard candy and flavoring hard candy. My guess is if you can get to melt to liquid it will harden again once cool since it's already been brought to hard crack or hard ball stage. (can't remember which)

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anyone October 13, 2010

Japanseccury- I was just thinking that you might be able to disolve rather then melt. Try disolving candy in a small amount of simmering water then reducing the water by simmering until to syrup consistancy. good luck!

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allie
allie October 13, 2010

what about crushing the candy (finely) first and then making a paste of it with a little water?

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin October 13, 2010

Yes, crushing and dissolving might work together. Crush finely first, then stick it in whatever liquid you are heating for making the jello and see if that does the trick.

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AmandaE
AmandaE October 14, 2010

Jolly Ranchers work really well....you just have to be careful that you don't melt them too fast or they will burn and that stuff does not come off easily. Start with making a simple sugar and then add the jolly ranchers once that mixture gets around the 200 degree range. They are good to go once the temperature reaches 300. At this point they can be poured into non-plastic molds.
Have fun and be careful!

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Tweakly
Tweakly October 14, 2010

How about jello worms?
This looks like it might be a good fit for your party.
http://www.fabulousfoods.com/recipes/article/111/18070

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