Candy Fusing & Slumping
It is time to get imaginative and melt some hard candy into a bowl. Yes, you read that right, a bowl made of hard candies! Follow the instructions to learn how to create a magical candy wonderland. Take this project one step further with our idea list below.
- Assorted Hard Candy
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment paper
- Butter knife
- Mortar and pestle or hammer
- Stainless steel bowl
- Oven mitts
Step 1: Gather assorted hard candies. The candy can be opaque, translucent, or transparent.
Step 2: Arrange the hard candy onto a parchment-covered baking sheet. Create different sizes and color combinations by placing candies near each other in groups.
Step 3: Place the baking sheet in a 300°F oven for 8 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the candy from the oven as soon as it melts. If it stays in the oven too long, the candy will scorch.
Step 5: Gently slide the parchment paper off of the baking sheet.
Step 6: While the melted candy is warm, score the melted candy with a butter knife into sections. You do not need to cut all the way through.
Step 7: After the candy cools down, snap along the lines, turning the hard pieces into shards.
Step 8: Repeat the melting and scoring process with more hard candies until you have enough melted candy to create a bowl design.
Step 9: Arrange your melted candy shards on the parchment paper. Create a fun design with different colors as large as you can within the baking sheet’s boundaries.
Step 10: Crush some of the other candy pieces into tiny bits, called “frit.” Use a mortar and pestle or a clean hammer to crush the candy.
Step 11: Sprinkle the frit over the design arranged on the parchment paper.
Step 12: Place the baking sheet in the 300°F oven for only 4 minutes this time. As soon as the candy all melts together, promptly remove it!
Step 13: Slump the fused candy over a mold. A metal bowl is a perfect mold. Flip the metal bowl upside down onto the baking sheet and center the fused candy over it. *Slumping is when glass, or in this case, candy, is heated and melted at high temperatures and shaped over a mold.*
Step 14: Place the baking sheet with the mold and candy back into the 300°F oven for 3 minutes and remove after the candy has melted downwards over the bowl.
Step 15: Place the bowl in the freezer to help release the candy from it. You now have a candy bowl!
Ideas to take your fused & slumped candy pieces to the next level:
- To satisfy your sweet tooth even more, use the candy bowl to hold ice cream or even more candy.
- Try finding colors that match the season or upcoming holidays.
- Take a trip to the color wheel and use complementary colors for your candy bowl. How do those colors interact after they melt? Do they blend together, or are they still identifiable?
- Add a plate to place the bowl on. Slump the candy with a plate that is a tiny bit shallow.
Learning and Discussion Questions:
1. Sugar/candy and glass contain very similar characteristics:
- They both melt when exposed to heat. If left in the heat for too long, the sugar will scorch, and the glass will crack.
- Both bond with itself, making it possible to add sections in the creation and building process.
- Looks similar to each other- both sugar and glass can be transparent (can be seen through) or opaque (not see-through or frost-like)
- They can both be shaped using molds. In this project, the metal bowl is a mold. For glass, ceramic, sand, and metal molds are used.
2. Watch how Jacquy Pfeiffer, of The French Pastry School, demonstrates how he makes sugar sculptures. Click here to watch.
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