Sugar Shards ("Frozen" cake decoration)

This recipe may not work when it's humid outside... the humidity level can alter the way the candy sets up and when it is humid it will be sticky. It may still work, but you have to be careful when handling it when it is sticky. You can also get similar results using a hard blue candy like jolly ranchers and break them up with a hammer until they are tiny peices. Then cook it on a cookie sheet for around 7 minutes at 350 if you don't want to make the ice candy from scratch.

Photo by Meghan C.

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TOTAL TIME

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SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4

    cups white sugar (must be white granulated sugar)

  • 1 1/2

    cups light corn syrup

  • 1

    cup water

  • 1

    tablespoon lemon, or other flavored

  • extract-( make sure that you use a non colored extract or it will tint the finished product)

  • blue food coloring (I used about 10 drops of McCormick food coloring)

Directions

1.In a medium saucepan, stir together the white sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil. Without stirring, heat to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads. 2.Remove from heat and stir in flavored extract and food coloring, if desired. Pour onto a greased or silpat lined baking sheet/ jellyroll pan (the kind with raised edges). Let cool, and break into large pieces that resemble broken ice. Store in an airtight container.

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