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5 Minute Glass Candy – Easy Microwave Hard Candy

Easy glass candy is candy magic.  Not only does it take 2 ingredients at its base, it only takes 5 minutes to cook!

5 Minute Glass Candy

It would probably take less time to make this candy at home than go out and snag a bag of store bought candy, making them ridiculously addictive in more than one way.  They’re so versatile in how you flavor them or what you use them for too.  I found them to be a festive touch as glass daggers to my blood splatter cupcakes here.  They look incredibly realistic and take mere minutes to whip up a unique cake topper.

You can of course go several different routes to achieve a particular aesthetic for yourself.  Believe it or not, most of the questions I get regarding my homemade hard candy recipe is for how to best apply it for a Frozen birthday party theme.  When I initially created this recipe for my video, that never even occurred to me and about a year later when I finally watched it, I got what all the hype was about for this movie.  It’s a very sweet movie but definitely a dramatic departure from Breaking Bad which is a great thing about this candy. You could turn them into lollipops or even edible diamond rings!  It’s crazy versatile.

For todays purpose, these blue candies will serve as edible crystals à la Breaking Bad.  As you may or may not know, I don’t watch a lot of television.  I find most reality shows to be appalling and unless you’re Nigella Lawson sashaying towards the camera, I don’t even care to watch a cooking show however, I will make exceptions for my two favorite shows, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, the latter which is set to premiere its final season this Sunday.  I think Bryan Cranston is brilliant {not to mention me and my baby brothers used to laugh together watching his hijinks as Hal} so needless to say, I’m a huge fan and know exactly what I’ll be doing Sunday night.  To gear up for this event, I decided it would be fun to create some shattered blue hard candies and though the finished product was a deeper blue than I’d originally intended {note to self, use a lighter toned blue coloring next time}.  However, the will serve its purpose as I munch on these little Breaking Bad inspired jewels while I get my fix in two ways.


5.0 from 19 reviews

Blue Glass Candy {5 Minutes}
Serves: 2-4 Servings

  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • ½ c corn syrup
  • Color/extracts

  1. Mix the sugar and syrup in a large heatproof bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Keep your eye on it so it doesn’t overflow. Don’t stir.
  3. Cover with new plastic and microwave for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Carefully stir in desired color/flavorings.
  5. Quickly pour onto parchment/silpat and allow to harden, shatter, serve.

Important Notes:
My microwave is 1.58 kw. Adjust accordingly.
When in doubt, go low and slow. Sugar syrup is dangerous.
Use a large, heat proof measuring cup. Not all glass is made equal.

There are just a few things to definitely consider when creating these edible gems.  Since the sugar syrup gets super hot {300 degrees to be exact}, please be careful while handling it.  The 300 degree mark is very important as that indicates the hard crack stage.  It’s best to use a digital candy thermometer.  They’re not very expensive and they’ll be so invaluable for future candy making endeavors.  If you want something reusable try using a silicone mat instead of parchment {not wax}.  This one is an economical choice while this one is a tried and true mat I’ve used for at least a decade.  While you’re exercising precaution, make sure the vessel you’re cooking it in is microwave safe if you’re utilizing the microwave.  You can, of course always use the stovetop too.  Not all containers are meant to be microwaved.  Lastly, I only recommend corn syrup {dark or light are both fine} or Lyles golden syrup.  I’ve tested this with honey and it’s way too soft.  They’re better in a recipe like for my honey-herb cough drops.

If you’re interested in other super simple recipes that only require 2 or 3 ingredients, check out my entire playlist here!


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96 thoughts on “5 Minute Glass Candy – Easy Microwave Hard Candy

  • Lester. says:

    Really beautiful, DELICIOUS!, exciting candy recipe Angie! A must and will try! Love that blue color!

    Besides some fave sports teams, THE SHARKS, few other shows, not much of a tv watcher any more either.

    Thanks for sharing this cool recipe!



  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    HOW COOL!! Super cute, pretty bluuue

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thanks, Kayle!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thanks for watching, Les!

  • lavesta says:

    Hi Angie!

    Wow! I really enjoyed that video. You make it look so easy. I’m sure I would mess it up some how, lol…Love the color too!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

  • Hal says:

    I’ve never seen Breaking Bad …isn’t that weird?

    now I’m gonna have ta go watch that!

    I’d go for some breaking bad candy too

  • Suzie says:

    I haven’t seen Breaking Bad, but I am a fan of the Walking Dead. I do like my cooking shows though

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    My friend swears by kool-aid but I’m super skeptical as I can’t see how that’ll stick, lol. I would love to see your blue tips!!

  • Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    My partner can’t wait for the last season of Braking Bad. He will love this candy.

  • Monet says:

    How fun is this! I have heard that Breaking Bad is amazing from so many people that I trust (yourself included). Clearly, I need to start watching!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I highly recommend it!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m sad but still excited for this final season.

  • yummychunklet says:


  • DWei says:


    And I need to finished watching the 4th season…

  • Lee says:

    Wow! You watch the ‘Walking dead’ series? Ha ha.
    I’ve never watched it…maybe I should.
    Wish I can have what you made! Looks fantastic.
    Have fun and keep a song in your heart.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thanks so much Lee! I think the first 2 seasons are on Netflix, it’s a great watch!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Lol, it’s what I do all the time, I’m ready!!!

  • I WIlkerson says:

    This candy is too cute!

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking says:

    Oh Angie, what a cool idea! My kids would loveee this especially breaking part hahaha
    Got to try it on the weekend! Have a lovely day

  • Shu says:

    How cute is that! I can’t believe you made your own candy! And I don’t watch tv that often too, although when i do it’s mainly cooking shows (surprise). My friend’s boyfriend hates tv, but then when Nigella Lawson appears on screen, he oddly gets very interested.. I wonder why.. (he also hates cooking, so..)

  • Veronica says:

    We don’t have cable and never hooked up our converter box so we CAN’T watch TV! We do watch it through Netflix, though. Haven’t ever watched Breaking Bad but it’s on my “check it out” list.

  • Suzie says:

    I tried kook-aid too, sadly that did not take either! Boo! I have a picture of the blue tips on my blog somewhere. I tried to find it but gave up…lol!

  • Suzie says:


  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That’s how I prefer it, hope you get to check it out, V!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Maybe they can party with y’all during the premiere =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It’s probably because she’s incredibly easy on the eyes =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thanks =)

  • Blond Duck says:

    Sounds delish!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    The candy is so pretty! I am the opposite – I think I watch too much TV :p

  • Cass @foodmyfriend says:

    Argh! So cool. I want to make this for my little brother now. Mum used to make us little toffees with hundreds and thousands when we were kids but this looks like it might be the new version!

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    I’ve never watched either program so I will just settle for the candy

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    This candy is to elevate the experience…I highly recommend it =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you so much! I hope yours is nice and relaxing =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It’s so easy I think I’ll even send it over to my baby brother to cook up in his microwave in college, lol.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    If I had the time, I bet I would watch hours upon hours of Nigella, lol.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thanks, Miranda!

  • Amelia says:

    Hi Angela, your blue candy look awesome.

  • Natalie says:

    This looks awesome, love the bright colour!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz says:

    This is such a great idea the candy and a hilarious one. I am a big fan of the show too and I am so curious to see what will happen. We have waited too long.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’ve totally loved meeting fellow fans SO excited for Sunday =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thanks, Nat!

  • Libby says:

    What a coincidence! I mentioned Breaking Bad on my last post – only difference is that your topic is a lot more interesting. Blue glass candy, wow!

    Looking forward to watching the last episodes, though I’m a bit sad that it’s ending

  • Sissi says:

    Fantastic candy! I must play with food colouring more often. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

  • Ilan says:

    LOL @ the chili powder! haha
    this is a great idea

  • Daniela says:

    These blue candies are awesome !
    What a fun idea

  • Nik@ A Brown Table says:

    How fun, Angela! Breaking Bad is one show that I have been meaning to watch for a while and haven’t. Need to get on it soon!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    The premiere was so awesome last night. I def recommend it!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hope you give ’em a try!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    One of my friends thought it would actually be good in there after watching this video and now I’m thinking…;)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m thinking crazy rainbow swirls next too!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    All bad things must come to an end, I think is what it said

  • TomC says:

    Great recipe, if I wanted to add rum would that affect the final result? Thanks.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I think that would be delicious. Thanks for stopping by, Tom! =)

  • Brian says:

    Hi Squishy Monster

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’ve never worked with it personally but it should be fine =)

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  • Kiwi32 says:


    At what temperature is your micro, when your doing the candy?
    thanks for your answer:)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    The inside of my microwave says 1.58 kilowatts =)

  • GiGi says:

    Finally, a shortcut recipe that really works! I needed this candy glass for a “Frozen” birthday cake for my granddaughter…this did the trick! I made a double batch, so the cooking time was a bit longer. i used a thermometer to ensure temperature got to 300 degrees…but with a large Pyrex measuring cup and Silpat mats, clean-up was a breeze! Results exactly what I wanted in a fraction of the time of the stovetop method. Thanks for sharing this!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m so very happy to hear this, GiGi! Happy belated to your grandbaby. You’re one rock-star g-ma!! =)

  • karene says:

    Thanks for sharing will try this tonight. I’m trying to do an.outdoor ice rink. Do you know if I’ll be able to take it off in 1 piece and if I don’t have a Matt like yours what can I use.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    A small portion should be no problem. Make sure to use parchment/silpat—never wax =)

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  • Marlena Koyama says:

    Thank you so much your ss sweet as the candy..I’m making a candy bar with 50% home made candy and this one for sure will be on the table..I’m making in to lollipops… Thank yo again happy gram s

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you so much for letting me know, Marlena. This makes me very happy to hear. Good luck with the candy bar!!

  • Ben says:

    Hello! I’m thinking about doing this recipe, but i was wondering How easy is it to get the melted plastic wrap off the measureing cup, Thanks!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Ben! Warm soapy water does the trick =)

  • Dog Brothers says:

    I love this candy, first candy I made. It came out great, but I was scrubbing my measuring cup for like 20 min. It’s fun to make, but can be messy.
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Dejadog from the Dog Brothers (not the karate youtube channel)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, guys! It helps to use hot, soapy water. Sometimes, I like to microwave water in it and it slides right off =)

  • Emma says:

    I soaked my measuring cup in hot water and rinsed it about twice, then left it to soak overnight and it was completely dissolved.

  • Kristofer says:

    How much pure flavor extract should I use per recipe?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Kristofer! You can start off with 1 ts but increase it for more intensity {the great thing about this recipe is that you can remelt it if it solidies too quickly at least a couple times so you can definitely play around with the flavor too}

  • Cherry says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I am throwing my son a Minecraft Birthday Party and was looking for something I could use as diamonds and this would be perfect. I can’t wait to make it.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That’s sounds like so much fun!! Thanks for using my recipe, please let me know how the party goes! =)

  • Etana says:

    How long does this keep? Thanks

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Etana! I’ve had it vacuum sealed in the fridge for up to a month. Otherwise, if you keep it tightly wrapped and store it in a cool place, it should last for a week or two but it entirely depends on the humidity. Have a great day!

  • Jack Hermansson says:

    Can you add some lemon if you want lemon candies?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Jack! I would stick with lemon extract and lemon zest at the end to make a greater impact and not dilute the candy =)

  • wennie says:

    I’m making this for a project is there a way to make them on a hot plate

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Wennie. Sure. Just make sure that your syrup registers at 300 degrees aka the hard crack stage. This is the most important factor in ensuring that it sets.

  • Ria says:

    I LOVE THESE!!! They are delicious.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That’s awesome, Ria!

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  • ishtar says:

    i don’t have corn syrup can i use something else instead?

  • Ilene says:

    Thank you! My 11 year old and I might just be making something oozing with blood for her school cake competition. After spending an hour and a half stirring sugar and sweating over the stove, only to end up with caramel colored sticky ooze, I had to find another way. 7 minutes counting prep time and I have perfect glass. The hardest part about this recipe is cleaning the bowl after. Oh, and I did, only excitement, open the plastic wrap from the wrong side the second time. Two fingers are stinging and need some lavender oil to calm the burn. But our joy over our perfect glass is enough to ease the pain.

  • Lani says:

    I just found your pagemail and I am wondering if this can be used for making geode cakes?
    I am attempting one and like to make my own sugar than buying the crystals at the store.
    Thank you..

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Lani! I actually had a reader tell me she did =)

  • Ian says:

    How would you do this on the stove??? It looks so delicious and I’m planning on using it on my birthday cake, but I’d rather use the stove because that way I can be surer of the temperature. Thanks!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Ian! Check out my lollipop or other hard candy videos for stove top versions =)

  • Olga says:

    Hi, I try to make the candy blue for a Frozen cake but turn up green!! Probably because the corn syrup is not really white.
    Do you know what can I do to end up with the finish candy blue?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Olga. I’ve made this in many different colors. Perhaps your coloring wasn’t saturated enough?

  • Eva says:

    After this has cooled a bit can it be handled with gloves to form into shapes?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Eva! I would recommend watching my candy jewels or lollipops video to get an idea for different shapes. Molds are a fantastic option!

  • good says:

    god mode candy

  • Melissa Roth says:

    I am not sure what I did wrong. We tried making this with the dark corn syrup and it tasted pretty bad. I may have burned it although I didn’t know until after it cooled and we shattered it. It worked out perfectly, except it was not edible. Any add in suggestions to guarantee good flavor? Should I switch to light corn syrup?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Light corn syrup will yield easier results. The most important aspect is to make sure it reaches 300 degrees. It’s most accurate with a digital candy thermometer.

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