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My mom just loves orange hard candy. I always used to wonder how it was made but never really worked towards it. But now that I am married and I live very far away from my mom, the thought of hard candy making kept coming to my mind and coincidentally my close friend told me to make watermelon candy for this contest. I was so happy that I decided to make Watermelon Chervil Candy. The outcome was awesome. I myself ended up eating so many candies. So I have decided that, when I go to meet my mom next year, I will be making orange candies for her and surprise her!

For this candy, I have used freshly squeezed watermelon juice for making the inner red part and freshly squeezed chervil juice for the outer green part. I have not used any artificial colors because watermelon and chervil have such beautiful colors, I didn't want to undermine them.

I thoroughly enjoyed making these candies and eating them. Hope you like it too. Thank you for reading my instructable.

Step 1: Ingredients

  1. Sugar - 2 cups
  2. Watermelon Juice - 1/2 cup
  3. Chervil Juice - 1/2 cup

    • Watermelon for the red central part.
    • Chervil for the outer green rind.
  4. Corn syrup - 3/4 cup
  5. White Sesame Seeds (for depicting white watermelon seeds)
  6. Flax Seeds (for depicting black watermelon seeds)
  7. Confectionery Sugar (for the mold)
  8. Cookie Sticks

Step 2: Making Candy Mold

Steps:

  1. Spread confectionery sugar in a large flat vessel.
  2. Make the bed of confectionery sugar as flat as possible.
  3. I used my daughter's toys to make impressions on the confectionery sugar bedding. You could use any round flat base object to do this.
  4. Spread the sesame seeds and flax seeds in the round impressions.
  5. Please perform the above steps before you start preparing the candy solution.

Step 3: Making Watermelon and Chervil Juice

Steps to make Watermelon juice:

  1. Cut slices of watermelon.
  2. Place the slices in a thin clean cloth.
  3. Squeeze the cloth and collect the juice in a container.

Steps to make Chervil juice:

  1. Wash the chervil and place the leaves in a blender and blend to a smooth paste.
  2. Add water if required.
  3. Transfer the smooth paste in a thin clean cloth.
  4. Squeeze the cloth and collect the juice in a container.

Step 4: Make the Candy Solution

Steps:

  1. Mix sugar, corn syrup and watermelon juice over medium low heat.
  2. Mix well and slowly bring to a boil.
  3. Keep mixing. Slowly it will start forming bubbles.
  4. I don't have a candy thermometer so I poured the mixture in cold water and when it forms stringy hard bubbles, then its done.
  5. For making chervil candy solution, use chervil juice instead of watermelon juice and repeat all the above steps.

Step 5: Pouring the Candy Solution in the Mold and Final Presentation.

Steps:

  1. Once the candy solution is done, quicky pour the watermelon candy solution into the central smaller round impression in the mold.
  2. Immediately, place the candy sticks else the candy will set and the sticks wont stick to the solution.
  3. Pour the green chervil solution around the inner circle.
  4. Allow candies to cool at room temperature.
  5. Once cooled, dust off the extra sugar on the back of the candy and enjoy.
  6. If you have extra candy solution, you could pour into greased muffin tray.

The Watermelon Chervil Candy is now ready. Enjoy!

<p>Wow! I loved watching/learning from your process. I will need to come back to this in the future when I have the energy or time to make some more hard candy. I have never used any natural juices to make mine. I have used natural flavoring oils by Lorann though. Is the flavor concentrated or strong enough this way? I know jessyratfink - an amazing member and employee for Instructables made an Instructable on how to get concentrated flavor/juice...I need to find that one too. I love how you did the molds too - amazing!!! Did you know, if you have a cotton candy machine you can use your handmade hard candy to make the cotton candy? I did that with my son because he can't/shouldn't have any dyes or the fake flavors, etc...I love your natural take on this. Looks amazing.</p>
Thank you for the appreciation, HollyMann.<br>I try avoiding artificial colors because my daughter is too small. So I used the natural juice. The taste was actually good enough but next time, I would cook the fruit juice alone to make it more concentrated. <br>Oh wow! Thats a great tip on making cotton candy. I didn't know that. <br>I will check the instructable of jessyratfink on concentrated flavor. Thank you.
<p>Ohhh this is really clever, nice job!</p>
<p>Thank you :-)</p>
<p>This looks amazing! Great job :)</p>
<p>Thank you, xGrape. Just a question, please dont mind... what does xGrape mean?</p>
<p>They sound delicious, and well done on making your own mold out of sugar. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Thank you so much for the appreciation. </p>
<p>These looks amazing! How does the chervil candy taste?</p>
<p>Thank you. It actually tasted nice. It didnt taste wierd like I suspected. And it brought out a vibrant green colour so just perfect was candy, I feel.</p>
<p>Love the idea and the seeds shining through the sunlight!</p>
<p>Thanks a lot, Passion Make. </p>

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