I made these sea glass candies, you see. Probably because I miss the ocean, you see.
I moved from Boston to Austin about a year ago, and the one thing I miss the most about home is the beach. There’s plenty of lakes, rivers and swimming pools here. Just no beach. No Cape, Vineyard or Nantucket. No three-block walk from my Southie apartment to sand, water you don’t swim in and a bunch of yuppies checking each other out.
Okay the beaches right in Boston leave a bit to be desired, but at least I had the option. Not to mention a short ride to a variety of more stunning seascapes.
Furthermore, my summers living with the family in Puerto Rico spoiled me silly with beach life.
The only aspect of being hours away from the ocean that leaves me with some satisfaction is that in almost every apocalyptic movie, all cities on the seaboard are the first to go. Unless it’s a zombie apocalypse. Then I’m screwed.
So, in honor of my old home city beaches, I made sea glass candy. PiÃ±a coladaÂ flavored. You know, cuz I’m Puerto Rican. We invented theÂ piÃ±a colada, and it’s the shizz.
Ingredients for PiÃ±a Colada Flavored Sea Glass Candy
-Â 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
– 1/4 cup corn syrup
-Â 1/4 cup water
–Optional: graham cracker crumbs
Begin by combining corn syrup, water, and sugar in a sauce pan. Heat to medium high and attach a candy thermometer to side of sauce pan.
Set up a toothpick dabbed with food coloring to the side, ready to use.
While sugar begins to dissolve, spray a cake pan with cooking oil.
Don’t forget to set the piÃ±a colada to the side as well.
Boil until temperature reaches 295/300 degrees. Quickly remove from stove.
Immediately add a dab of food coloring and a drop of flavoring, then mix in.
Pour quickly into the cake pan, and allow to cool.
Use a knife to stab the hardened sugar.
Take broken pieces and lightly shake them in a plastic bag with some confectioners sugar.
Make as many batches as you like. Once you make your first, it’s really easy.
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