Sea Glass Candy

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Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

At my wedding shower over 26 years ago, my husband’s Mom presented me with a very special gift of several Kreppein Family Recipes. Among those recipes was one she called “Kreppein Kandy.” She made this old fashioned hard candy every year, placed it into pretty tins or jars, and gave it to family and friends for Christmas.

Over the years I have made many batches of this candy. My kids think it is the best gift for their teachers and friends. I usually make this hard rock candy in traditional colors and flavors such as:

  • red – cinnamon
  • green – mint
  • yellow – lemon
  • blue – coconut

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

This year I decided to mix it up a bit to go along with my Coastal Christmas theme. Instead of Kreppein Kandy, I made Sea Glass Candy!  Isn’t it pretty!

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

No matter what you decide to call this candy, you can play around with the colors and flavors to make it suit just about any theme or occasion. Presented in glass jars with gift tags, it makes a great Christmas gift for friends and neighbors. Sea Glass Candy would also go great with a Mermaid or Sea themed birthday party. Add it in pastel colors to an Easter table. There are so many possibilities!

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Sea Glass Candy

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

To make Sea Glass Candy (hard rock candy) you’ll need:

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Karo Syrup
  • 1 cup Water
  • Oil Candy Flavorings
  • Food Coloring
  • Powdered Sugar
  • A Candy Thermometer
  • Shallow Metal Baking Pan
  • Aluminum Foil

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Prepare shallow metal baking pan by covering with aluminum foil sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Combine sugar, Karo syrup and water in a 1-2 quart pot and stir.

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Heat on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches a hard candy boil, 290 degrees.
Invest in a good candy thermometer. You cannot make this candy without one, and it will last for years. I’ve had the one pictured for 25+ years!

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Remove from heat and carefully add 2 teaspoons of oil candy flavoring and about 10 drops of food coloring of your choice. Use a long handled spoon for stirring because it may spatter a bit when adding the flavoring and food coloring. Stir well.

Here are some color/flavor combination suggestions:
red/cinnamon, green/peppermint, orange/orange, yellow/lemon and blue/coconut.

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Pour into prepared pan and spread out evenly. Allow to cool completely. Candy will harden as it cools.

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

When completely cooled, wrap the end of a hammer with plastic wrap and use it to break the candy into bite sized pieces.

Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

Store in an air tight container. Candy will keep for several weeks.

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Sea Glass Candy

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Calories 345 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Karo Syrup
  • 1 cup Water
  • Oil Candy Flavorings
  • Food Coloring
  • Powdered Sugar

Equipment Needed:

  • A Candy Thermometer
  • Shallow Metal Baking Pan
  • Aluminum Foil

Instructions
 

  • Prepare shallow metal baking pan by covering with aluminum foil sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Combine sugar, Karo syrup and water in a 1-2 quart pot and stir.
  • Heat on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches a hard candy boil, 290 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and carefully add 2 teaspoons of oil candy flavoring and about 10 drops of food coloring of your choice. Use a long handled spoon for stirring because it may spatter a bit when adding the flavoring and food coloring. Stir well.
  • Here are some color/flavor combination suggestions: red/cinnamon, green/peppermint, orange/orange, yellow/lemon and blue/coconut.
  • Pour into prepared pan and spread out evenly. Allow to cool completely. Candy will harden as it cools.
  • When completely cooled, wrap the end of a hammer with plastic wrap and use it to break the candy into bite sized pieces.
  • Store in an air tight container. Candy will keep for several weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 88gSodium: 21mgSugar: 75g
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Old fashioned hard rock candy recipe turned into Sea Glass candy. This would be great for a sea themed birthday party or baby shower.

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3 Comments

  1. This candy is beautiful! Thinking about trying Mardi Gras colors (purple, green, gold). What are your thoughts on corresponding favors? I’ve never worked with the flavoring oils.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi, Wanda!
      Mardi Gras colors would be gorgeous! The flavors can be anything you like, they don’t necessarily have to correspond to the colors. For the lightest color candy pictured above I used cherry flavor. 🙂 I will say that as you are making the candy the flavoring oils smell really strong, but the taste is light. I used an entire bottle of cherry flavoring, and my kids ran out of the house to get some fresh air (they were being slightly dramatic, but the smell was strong). But the candy turned out to have a very light cherry flavor. Cinnamon is my favorite flavor, though.
      I’d love to see a pic when you make this!
      Thanks for your comment!
      ~Melisha

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