Are you planning an under the sea, ocean, or mermaid party? If so, edible sea glass candy is the perfect treat for you to serve!
One of my favorite parts of my daughter’s under the sea party was the sea glass candy that I made.
Making sea glass candy is practically the same as how to make homemade suckers, but without the molds.
If you want to wow your guests at your next mermaid or under the sea party, you should try making this fun glass candy!
Edible Sea Glass Candy Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup
- 1 tsp oil flavor (I use LorAnn’s oil- the whole small bottle, 1 dram)- any flavor you like!
- Food coloring (regular food coloring or gel food coloring both work great)
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Glass Candy
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 glass candy will not harden properly!
STEP 3. Remove from heat. Add the oil 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 glass candy into pieces. Try to get the sea glass candy 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 glass candy look more realistic, rub some powdered sugar onto each piece to give it that frosted, tumbled look of sea glass. You want your edible sea glass to look like it’s 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 that 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 glass candy 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.
I hope you enjoyed our how to make glass candy tutorial. This glass candy recipe is a lot of fun to make- give it a try!
You can check out more of our Under the Sea party and get more inspiration for your next bash.