Melted Christmas Candy Ornaments

What happens when you melt old-fashioned Christmas candy in the oven? Find out!

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.

The entire process takes about 10 minutes. What are you waiting for?
What happens when you put old-fashioned Christmas candy in the oven and bake it? The answer is surprising - and beautiful!

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. Make beautiful color combinations and shapes using old-fashioned hard candy.

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Melted Christmas Candy Ornaments

Melted Christmas Candy Ornaments

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

Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 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.

4 Responses to “Melted Christmas Candy Ornaments”

  1. 1

    Rachel @ Bakerita — December 17, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    These are so cute!! What a cute concept and fun craft 🙂

    • Haley replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

      Thanks! These were so fun to make.

  2. 2

    Tasha — December 20, 2012 @ 3:59 am

    It’s one of those things that should be so obvious to make and yet never would have thought of making. You are a genius!

  3. 3

    Gus Frederick — December 11, 2014 @ 12:14 am

    I found that by using a non-stick cupcake tins, the candy forms nice symmetrical circles, and pop right out after cooling. I use a larger non-stick cake pan to create a “edible plate” to stack the goodies on.

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