I am loving agate's huge comeback. I am constantly perusing home decor and seeing gorgeous agate slices being put to use in unconventional ways -- knobs, lamps, bookends, small table tops, instead of the more traditional and typical ways of using agate on necklaces and as coasters/trivets.
More than I love home decor ideas, I love working on food ideas. So when I saw online that Jolly Ranchers are being crushed and melted into very random lollipop blobs, I couldn't help but try to make something more purposeful with the method. I thought, why not intentionally layer crushed candies in rings to make pretty edible agate? And there's no need to play around with melting sugar and sugar temperatures and coloring sugar and flavoring sugar. Candy is all you need -- it's as easy as that!
In my first experiment, naturally I tried arranging rings of crushed candy (of various brands, colors, and opacity) all in one go, but the rings all melted together and lost definition. So I experimented just a little more and was satisfied with the realism of this method and it is simple! You can do jumbo 5" diameter agate lollipops, as I've done here, or simple agate candy slices that can be used in many ways (I'm thinking cupcakes and cake decor!).
What You'll Need
Candies -- a variety of them, especially in different opacities. Jolly Ranchers, generic fruit candies, and starlights all make for some pretty colorful fruity agate. Clear mints, butterscotch, Werther's Hard Caramels all make up the amber agate (and such a delicious flavor combo, too!). I was pleased to discover my dollar store carries Jolly Ranchers Smoothies (opaque, creamy Jolly Ranchers), as well as other creamy starlights. Head to your dollar store and your supermarket candy aisles where you can find bags of generic brand candies for $1. Since each candy brand has its own colors and opacity, I find using at least 2 different brands per agate adds more color variety to the rings.
Lollipop sticks (preferably 8", as these agate are quite jumbo)
Edible shimmer dust + brush from your craft store's cake decor aisle (optional).