Crafting with Anna (Part 2)

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If you read about the Jelly Pies yesterday, then you know that Anna and I love to have some new craft project to try. Usually it’s knitting – sometimes painting, but this time we went for another favorite – a food craft. I don’t usually write about something that requires special equipment – but this was just too much fun to pass up and must be passed along. Online I found a silicon pan that you can use to make shot glasses. 

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Probably a normal person would just freeze water or flavored water and call it a day, but I wanted to use candy. I made a batch for a rainy day project last week. They were pretty but I wanted to try again with more colorful candy, so Anna and I invested in a big bag of Jolly Ranchers. Here’s what to do: Find silicon mold that is oven safe – the one I purchased was less than $10. There are several online, but probably also available at stores that carry cooking/craft supplies. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Unwrap about a zillion Jolly Ranchers (½ a big bag - but it takes a bit of patience). If you want to use peppermint or any hard candy, it should work just as well. Stuff the Jolly Ranchers (or candy) in the mold – absolutely as many as you can get in making sure to cover the top. Hopefully the pictures will explain this better. Put the mold on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the mold cool all the way – it takes about an hour. 

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Press the mold to release the glasses. Done. They are really pretty and don’t have to be shot glasses for alcohol. I think kids would be charmed by these and probably make a small mess eating them or drinking out of them, but they would definitely have fun. We did! Here is an extra note: store in a cellophane bag or a baggie if you aren’t going to use them soon. Humidity will make them sticky!

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