Introduction: Ruby Gem Candy

Your snacks should be just as fancy as you are. And you're fancy, I can just tell.

While diamonds are dandy, rubies make a more delightful inspiration for candy. These bright red candy gems look super fancy, but don't require a trip to Tiffany or Cartier to obtain. All you need is a candy mold, a little time, and hopefully some aggression (don't worry, I'll explain).

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Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients.

Assemble your ingredients:

  • red translucent hard candies (I used Brach's cinnamon candies, but you could use jolly ranchers or life savers)
  • Small zip-top bags
  • Rolling pin
  • a heatproof candy mold with gem-like vessels

Step 2: Preheat the Oven and Prep.

Position a rack in the middle position of your oven. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Step 3: Crush the Candy.

Unwrap a bunch of candies and place them in your sturdy bag.Using the rolling pin, take out your aggression on the poor candy that never did anything to you. Go ahead, show it who's boss.

Step 4: Fill the Molds With the Crushed Candy.

Since I used a silicone mold, I didn't grease the vessels, but the place I found the tutorial I adapted suggests that if you use a more firm candy mold, you should "Spray pan spray onto a paper towel and use the greased towel to wipe the cavity of your gem mold. This provides enough of a barrier to pop the gem out later, but not so much grease that it makes your gems cloudy." Fill the molds with your candy bits.

Step 5: Let the Gems Melt in the Oven.

Gently place the filled molds on top of a cookie sheet, then pop it in the oven. Heat for as little as 5 minutes, or as much as 15 minutes, depending on the sturdiness of the candy you use (start checking after 5 minutes). It will progress from droopy candy to totally melty. Once totally melty, remove the pan from the oven.

Step 6: Cool and Remove.

Let the molds cool for several minutes before handling the molds. About 10-20 minutes after they've been removed, your candies will be ready to remove. I simply inverted the mold and kind of squeezed them out.