If you haven’t already gone gaga for silicone molds in your kitchen, it is time. They are the simplest way ever to make shaped ice cubes and DIY fruit snacks for your kids, and come in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Now, perhaps the cutest mold of all has been made — one that lets you make your own edible mini glasses.
The idea here is simple. Silicone can be safely heated to more than 600 F, and it doesn’t stick to … well … anything. So you can drizzle hot chocolate inside the mold and make your own cocoa cups. Or you can press cookie dough inside, bake it to golden perfection, and easily create little milk-and-cookie snack cups. You can also do what we did and cook hard candy into the molds, turning out gorgeous stained glass cups that are absolutely party perfect. (Imagine your next Candy Land kids party!)
After hunting through the grocery store and looking at our options, we decided to grab two big bags of hard candy rings. Bright and colorful, the kids thought it would be fun to make rainbow Candy Cups. And who was I to complain? Rainbow anything is always a win at our house.
Once home, we started opening each separately wrapped piece. This was a great task for my kids. It kept them busy while I prepped the silicone mold, turned on the oven, and … sipped at a cup of coffee.
With candies unwrapped, I invited the kids to color coordinate our stash. This would make it extra-simple to fill each of our silicone cups in rainbow order. Turns out, the candies came in a dozen super-similar colors. It proved to be a fun matching game for the tots.
Because the candies melt when they cook, I invited the kids to pop each color pile into their own plastic bags, and then coarsely crush the candies with a wooden rolling pin. Doing so makes for a nice, even melt and simplifies the whole cooking process. It allows you to layer a lot more candy into the silicone cups and make sure none of the cups have a little candy ring hole baked into the sides.
Now it was mom’s turn! I helped the kids layer the candies in color order inside each silicone cup. We tossed a few whole ones up top for good measure, as the candies melt and drop down quite dramatically. With candy layered, it was time to place the silicone mold on a cookie sheet and start cooking! Oven preheated to 350 F, and we were ready to go!
After about 10 minutes of baking, I checked the silicone mold, and pressed a few more candies up top. You don’t want to overfill the cups, but you do want to ensure there is enough candy to fill the entire Candy Cup. Believe it or not, this part of the process is pretty forgiving. Just press a few candies on and check every 3-4 minutes. If you do overfill a cup, you can use a spoon to gently pull some of the tacky melted candy from the top. Easy, peasy!
As soon as the candy is melted to the rim of each cup, it’s time to pull these babies out of the oven. This part is important! You just want to melt the candies, you don’t want to boil them. Stay close to the oven and watch closely. The process can take from 15-25 minutes, depending on the type of baking sheet you use and how hot your oven is cooking.
After you’ve pulled the candies from the oven, allow them to cool completely. We set ours in the fridge because we were far too excited to wait for them to air dry at room temp. In about 25 minutes, our Candy Cups were cool to the touch and the kids could carefully peel them from the silicone mold.
Voila! Gorgeous little rainbow cups. The kids were absolutely squealing with delight. “They look so cool! They look so cool!”
And now the question of what we’d serve in them. Though “soda” was the first idea (“it makes it taste like rainbow cotton candy!” says my son), these adorable cups would also be perfect as mini pudding cups, mini sorbet containers, and even as mini lemonade glasses. We filled ours with vanilla milkshakes and a dollop of whipping cream for good measure.
Rainbow Candy Cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
2 (13 ounce) bags hard candy rings
Special Equipment: 1 silicone glass mold
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Unwrap all candies and separate by color. Place each color in its own zip-top baggie and coarsely crush with a wooden rolling pin.
3. Spoon the colors into each silicone mold. Stack in rainbow order, starting with dark red. Toss a few whole candies on top for good measure. Place the silicone mold on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the candy begins to melt. Press additional candies into the top of each mold until the melted candy fills the entire glass. Allow to cook 5-7 minutes more, or as long as needed to completely melt the candy and fill each cup. Remove mold from oven, tamp down with a spoon.
4. Allow the Candy Cups to cool completely. Gently pull them from the silicone molds. Fill with juice, soda, sparkling water, pudding, or ice cream. Enjoy!