Melted Christmas candy ornaments

You know that old-fashioned hard candy that makes an appearance every Christmas? The super sweet stuff that makes your hands sticky and teeth ache?

In all honesty, I hate the stuff. But the other day on the Rachael Ray Show, I saw this really cute idea that uses this candy in the most creative way. You simply arrange the candy on a baking sheet and bake until it melts. The result? Beautiful, stained-glass looking candy ornaments/decorations.

Melted Christmas candy ornaments

This is a great holiday craft/cooking project to do with your kids! Not only will they love arranging their candy in different shapes and patterns, they will also love seeing the (surprising) end result. I was surprised myself – and I am years beyond my childhood.

This is also a cheap activity. A bag of this candy costs right around $4. I got mine at Walgreens.

Melted Christmas candy ornaments

What  To Do With Melted Candy Ornaments

  • Use them as table decorations
  • Make hanging ornaments (make a hole through the top of the ornament right when you take the candy out of the oven)
  • Make a large one and use it as a serving tray for desserts
  • Eat them

Melted Christmas candy ornaments - The finished product
Melted candy ornaments

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Melted Christmas Candy Ornaments Recipe

Have fun experimenting with different colors and shapes. This recipe is foolproof!


Old fashioned hard candy


Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange candy in desired design on top of the parchment paper. Bake for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, until candy melts. Keep an eye on the candy while in the oven, as baking times may vary. Leaving it in too long will leave you with a mess! Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from baking sheet.