19 Sugar Glass Recipes and Uses

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Sugar (or candy) glass is so cool! You can make it look like shards of glass, stained glass, shot glasses, glass bottles, or whatever your imagination can come up with.

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What is Sugar Glass?

Sugar glass, also known as breakaway glass, candy glass, and edible glass is a solution of sugar that hardens as it cools. When it is hardened, it is brittle and tasty.

What is in Sugar Glass?

Sugar glass is typically a mixture of sugar, water, and corn syrup or glucose. The water is used to dissolve the sugar in, and the corn syrup (or glucose) will keep the sugar from forming crystals again. That will make the finished product look like glass.

Can You Eat Sugar Glass?

Not only can you eat sugar glass, but it is delicious. It’s like eating a lollipop. Sugar Glass can be any combination of colors and flavors. Here are some combinations that may surprise those who try them:

  • Blue cinnamon
  • Yellow jalapeno
  • Red coconut
  • Orange mint
  • White (not clear) banana
  • Green cherry
  • Brown blueberry
  • Purple peach
  • Taupe watermelon
  • Teal pineapple
  • Navy blue vanilla

Is Sugar Glass Still Used?

Sugar glass is still used, but probably not used a lot by professionals. Sugar glass has to be stored in an air-tight container to protect it from moisture and humidity. Once it gets damp, it will begin to melt. So, if you plan to make a dessert in advance of an event, you will probably want to add the sugar glass at the last minute.

Is Sugar Glass Fragile?

The fragility of sugar glass depends on how thick it is. If you pour your sugar glass into a very thin sheet, it will be very fragile. Thicker sheets are less fragile, so you are in control!

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Does Sugar Glass Taste Like Sugar?

Sugar glass can taste like anything you want it to. All you have to do is add food flavoring oil. Here are some suggestions:

  • Amaretto
  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Blueberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherry
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Cream de menthe
  • Grape
  • Green Tea
  • Honey
  • Kalua
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Margarita
  • Mint
  • Orange
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peach
  • Peppermint
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Watermelon

Does Sugar Glass Still Hurt?

A breakable sugar glass bottle could still hurt someone, if they were hit with it. And the broken pieces may have sharp points, but the broken edges will probably not cut you.

Can Sugar Glass Get Wet?

Sugar glass is just like a lollipop. You can keep it wrapped in parchment paper or an air-tight container like a zippered plastic bag. Don’t put it in the refrigerator. It will get damp in there. If it does get wet, it will become sticky, and may melt.

How Long Does it Take for Sugar Glass to Harden?

Once you’ve poured the sugar glass solution onto the parchment paper in your cookie sheet, you can leave it on the counter for a couple of hours to cool. If you want to shorten the cooling time, put it in your freezer for 30 minutes.

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Why Did My Sugar Glass Turn Brown?

If your sugar glass turns brown, it is probably because it got too hot. Be sure to follow the directions, using a candy thermometer, and wait until the sugar mixture begins to boil to put the thermometer in the pot.

Why is My Sugar Sail Sticky?

Sugar glass gets sticky when there is too much moisture in it, or in the air. If you follow the directions in the recipe, the water should cook out of the mixture. However, if there is too much moisture in the air, the finished product can still become sticky.

How Long Will Sugar Glass Last?

If you cook the sugar glass and let it cool to room temperature on the counter, it should last for a few days, unless there is a lot of humidity in the air. Once you have put the sugar glass in the refrigerator or freezer, then take it out, moisture will begin to condense on the candy, and it will be sticky.

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