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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.


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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.

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