Remember those bridal shower cupcakes I was talking about? I had to run to Hobby Lobby yesterday to pick up a couple things, and saw these on the "Cookie Cutter Wall" (those that have been there, you know what I'm talking about. It's a thing of beauty.)
Aren't they so cuuuuuute? The quarter is for size reference. The lady that is throwing the shower said it's very girl-y and princess-y with flowers and pink and brown colors. I got these originally to make little fondant cut-outs to put on the cupcakes, which I was going to either paint or shimmer-up. Then this morning, I was looking through some of my cupcake books and saw this idea, so I thought I'd try it. (sorry in advance for the crap phone pics)
You basically smash up some hard candies (Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers) in a ziploc bag and place the pieces in a little pile on some foil. Bake at 350 for 4 minutes until it runs together in a little puddle. Then you take it out and immediately spray your cookie cutter with some non-stick spray and push it into the puddle of goo. Let it cool and then break off the pieces and push out the shape. Sounds easy enough, right?
So, a quick trip to the grocery to get some Jolly Ranchers. I specifically wanted white or clear, as to make some "glass slippers". Problem one: my store only had a HUGE bag, which was like $10. And there was no white/clears in there. Problem two: They did have Life savers that had white ones in there, but the book said Jolly Ranchers, so would it work? This could potentially be a disaster. I took a gamble.
It worked! The candy didn't even stick to the foil like I thought it would. These are SOOOOOOOO CUUUUUTE!!!! I am totally gonna be making these All. The. Time. I made a few more of each shape, and I may not even use all of them. Guess I will be heading back in the near future to buy the big bag. I have a feeling the the Jolly Ranchers may yield a "clearer" cut out, if you know what I mean. But they don't make a white candy, so I gotta work with what's available.