Are you planning an under the sea, ocean, or mermaid party? If so, edible sea glass is the perfect treat for you to serve!
One of my favorite parts of my daughter’s under the sea party was the edible sea glass that I made.
It is really easy and inexpensive to make, and makes a huge impression on guests because it looks SO realistic!
Making edible sea glass is practically the same as how to make homemade suckers, but without the molds.If you want to wow your guests at your next ocean or under the sea party, you should try making this edible sea glass!
Edible Sea Glass Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup
- 1 tsp oil flavor (if using LorAnn’s oil, it will be the whole small bottle, 1 dram)- I used mint, but any flavor would work.
- Food coloring (regular food coloring or gel food coloring both work great)
- Powdered sugar
STEP 1. Spray a light coat of Pam or other cooking spray onto a metal cookie or baking sheet that has sides.
STEP 2. Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Continue stirring, and cook to hard crack stage (300 degrees F). Make sure that the temperature reaches 300 degrees, or the candy will not harden properly!
STEP 3. Remove from heat- add flavor and food coloring.
I used mint flavor and various blues and greens in a few different batches. When you add the flavor, it’s a good idea to turn your head. These oils are very strong, and when they hit the hot candy mixture there is a little smoke that puffs up that is very strong.
Stir for about two minutes to make sure that the coloring and the flavoring are evenly mixed.
STEP 4. Carefully pour the mixture into the baking sheet and let cool.
Once it has cooled and hardened, cover the pan with a dish cloth and use a hammer to break up the candy into pieces. Try to get them the same size as real sea glass so they look realistic.
Don’t go too crazy with the hammer, or your candy will get crushed and the pieces will be too small!
STEP 5. At this point your sea glass candy will look very shiny and sharp.
To make the candy look more realistic, rub some powdered sugar onto each piece to give it that frosted, tumbled look of sea glass that has been battered around for years by the ocean waves and currents.
I used a dish cloth to smooth and sand down the edges so the pieces weren’t so sharp.
The kids and parents all LOVED the edible sea glass at my daughter’s under the sea party!
It was so fun to see their reactions when I told them they could eat it.
I told the parents and kids to be careful because some of the pieces were a little sharp. As with all hard candy, don’t give this edible sea glass to young children as it can be a choking hazard.
I served our edible sea glass on a bed of brown sugar and graham crackers mixed together to look like sand, along with some white chocolate sea shells I made from a chocolate shell mold.
You can see more details of our Under the Sea party and get more inspiration for your next bash!