I grew up watching my mom make suckers and thought I could easily figure out how to make a sucker bowl without ever working with hard tack candy, it wasn't as easy as I thought! But the good news is that it only took 6 glass sugar batches to figure it out and with this instructable it will be A LOT easier for you to make it. I will warn you that shaping sugar glass takes practice and becomes very addicting.
What You Need:
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/8 Tablespoon cream of tarter
1 package of koolaid ( I used cherry) or you can use food coloring and oil flavoring
1 springform pan or greased cookie sheet
Greased tin foil
Greased small glass bowl
Your choice of candy and goodies to go in bowl.
Ribbon or decoration you want
Step 1: Prepare
You want everything ready to go because you have to work quickly once your hot sugar is ready to go! Preheat your oven to 225 degrees if you are planning to make more than one bowl. There are two ways to make your bowl. One way is using a springform pan and the other is using more of your hands to mold it (I will explain that technique at the end). If you don't want to take a chance of burning your hands then this is the safest way.
Place your springform pan on top of a greased piece of tin foil.
Grease a glass bowl that will be able to take the heat and is the size you want your sugar bowl to be.
Step 2: Making Your Sugar Glass
Mix your sugar, corn syrup, and cream of tarter into a medium pot. Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves into syrup. Then use a candy thermometer and heat it until it reaches 310 degrees, which is hard tack stage. Then mix in the koolaid of your choice or the flavoring and dye into the sugar mixture. Then if making two bowls, pour half of your mixture into the ring from your springform pan. Pour the other half into an oven safe container and place it in the oven to stay warm. Wait until the sugar you are working with cools enough that it won't run once you lift the ring up but not so cool that it has already hardened. Then lift the ring and place your greased glass bowl on top of the candy. Then lift the foil by the edges and quickly flip it over. Quickly remove the foil and start patting the sugar around the bowl. This technique will leave extra around the edges, I shaped mine to look like flower petals. Work quickly!! Once it has cooled and it is hard carefully remove it off the glass bowl. If making two bowls you will need two greased glass bowls. Once you are done molding the first take your sugar out of the stove and repeat the process. Don't leave your sugar in the stove too long, you only want to keep in warm while making the first one.
Step 3: Optional Technique
There is another way if you want more control of how it will be molded. This way is harder because it is hard to keep your hands from getting too hot. For this technique you won't need a spring form pan. You will poor your sugar on to a greased cookie sheet. Very quickly you will keep scooping the sugar back to the middle, folding it over it self and trying to keep it in the middle forming a ball of sugar. Once it gets cool enough you will quickly scoop it up and place it on top your greased bowl. Don't let it too cool because you wont be able to mold it. Then quickly mold it around Your greased bowl. Let cool and decorate your bowl and fill it with candy!