In this episode of In the Kitchen with Matt, I will show you how to make sugar glass. This easy edible glass recipe is awesome! It takes very few ingredients. You can make movie props, fun decorations, use it for Halloween, whatever you like. :) You could get some silicone molds and make candies with it. Glass candy lego men, green glass Christmas trees, got nuts! It looks like glass, it behaves like glass, it is sharp like glass, but you can eat it! If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started! :)
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Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
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- 2 cups white granulated sugar (450g)
- 1 cup of corn syrup (Karo syrup) (300g)
- 1/2 to 1 cup water (125 to 250ml)
- pinch of cream of tartar (optional)
- Pot or deep skillet
- wooden or silicone spoon
- sheet pan
- kitchen spray or a silicone mat
- candy thermometer
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Step 2: Water, Sugar, Corn Syrup and Cream of Tartar
First add the water, sugar, corn syrup, and cream of tartar to a deep pot or skillet.
Step 3: Prepare the Pan
Now prep a sheet pan with a silicone mat or spray the pan with kitchen spray. You could also use aluminum foil as a liner. Spray the foil as well. We don't want the sugar glass to stick to the pan.
Step 4: Stir and Heat
Now we place the pot on the stovetop and set the heat to medium-low. Stir gently until the mixture starts to boil. We want to get the candy up to the hard crack stage, which is right around 290 F to 300 F. (150 C). But, we don't want to heat it up too fast otherwise it will get too dark. My thermometer is old and doesn't register the heat properly anymore. After the mixture starts to boil you can stop stirring and let it heat the rest of the way. If you don't have a candy thermometer pull off the hot sugar right when the mixture barely starts to turn color, yellowish color. Also, I usually turn up the heat to medium after it starts to boil. You can see in the third photo it is an amber color. It will still work, but harder to color when it is this dark. Once it has gotten to the proper temp remove the candy from the heat and add in any food coloring or flavored extracts.
***Please be very careful this mixture is tremendously hot. If you are a young child please have adult supervision while making this.
Step 5: Pour and Wait
Next just pour out the candy onto your pan and allow it to spread out. Make sure the pan is level. The thinner you spread it out the thinner the glass will be. Then wait for it to set. This usually takes an hour or two.
Step 6: Check Out That Sugar Glass
Now we can check out the sugar glass. It is incredible. It looks like glass, it feels like glass, it shatters like glass, it is sharp like glass. But it is edible and tastes super yummy! haha.
Step 7: Breaking Bad Blue Glass
Any Breaking Bad fans? This glass I took off the heat right when the mixture started turning color. It took the color very nicely. I should have poured this into my lego molds! haha. By the way, it tastes very similar to a jolly rancher if you are familiar with that candy.
Step 8: Clear Glass
And if you don't color it, it should turn out similar to this. Nice and clear with a hint of yellow.
Step 9: Burned Sugar Glass
Or you could wait longer and get it really dark. So even if you burn it or wait too long it will still work, it winds up looking like the color of a beer bottle. But it doesn't taste very good at this point.
Step 10: Video Tutorial
There you go! Awesome edible sugar glass. :)
Now check out those steps in action by watching the video tutorial. :)
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