Jolly ranchers are an American brand of sweet hard candy that can be melted down and used to make new and exciting treats. If you want to learn how to melt jolly ranchers then simply check the article below. It provides you with different safe methods of melting jolly ranchers and the methods in this article do not create a mess in your kitchen.
- 1 How to melt jolly ranchers in the microwave
- 2 How to melt jolly ranchers in the oven
- 3 How to melt jolly ranchers on the stove
- 4 How to melt jolly ranchers using a double boiler
- 5 How to use melted jolly ranchers
- 6 Conclusion
How to melt jolly ranchers in the microwave
NB: this is the easiest and fastest method for melting jolly ranchers. This is because you do not need to constantly stir up the mixture. The microwave does all the job for you.
When melting jolly ranchers in the microwave you will need to first find a microwave safe bowl or microwave safe silicon measuring cups.
Unwrap 4 jolly ranchers and place them in the microwave safe bowl or silicon measuring cup. 4 jolly ranchers will yield about 15ml of melted jolly rancher. If you want more ml of melted jolly rangers then you will need to melt a couple of them.
Once you have placed the jolly ranchers inside the bowl or silicon plate place it in the microwave. Microwave the jolly ranchers for 1 minute. If you are melting more than 4 jelly ranchers then you will definitely need to double the amount of time that they stay in the microwave.
After the estimated time, take the jolly ranchers out of the microwave to see if they have melted. If the jolly ranchers have not melted completely, then place them back and microwave for an additional 15 seconds.
NB: all microwave temperatures vary depending on the model that you are using. So in some microwaves 1 minute is just enough to melt the jolly ranchers whilst in other microwaves you need to add an extra 15 minutes or so.
When the jolly ranchers have melted, remove them from the microwave. In order to do this you will have to use oven mitts or a dish towel. This is because the bowl or silicon cup will be hot. Use the liquid as soon as possible because it will start to harden once exposed to room temperatures.
How to melt jolly ranchers in the oven
NB: this is also a good method to use when melting jolly ranchers however, it takes a little more time as compared to the microwave method.
When melting jolly ranchers in the oven the first thing is to preheat the oven to 300F.
Take your unwrapped jolly ranchers and place them in Ziploc bag. Use a hammer or rolling pin to crush the jolly ranchers. Once the jolly ranchers are crushed, place them inside an oven safe dish or bowl. Crushing the jolly ranchers helps them to melt faster.
Place the jolly ranchers in the oven for approximately 10 to 12 minutes. There is no need for you to stir the jolly ranchers while they are in the oven. The heat from the oven will work its magic.
When the jolly ranchers have completely melted, take them out using a dish towel or oven mitts. This is because the bowl or dish will be hot so in order to avoid any accidents you have to be careful. Use the melted jolly ranchers as soon as possible or else they will start to harden.
How to melt jolly ranchers on the stove
NB: this method requires you to keep a close eye on the stove or else the jolly rangers will burn.
When melting jolly ranchers on the stove, the first thing is to unwrap the jolly rangers and place them in a Ziploc bags. Take a rolling pin or hammer then crush the jolly ranchers into smaller pieces. This will help them to melt even faster.
Place the crushed jolly ranchers in a saucepan with a thick base and place on a stove that is switched on to low heat.
Once the jolly rangers start to melt, stir them constantly until they are all in liquid form. This process can take you about 5 minutes.
Remove the melted jolly ranchers from the stove and use immediately before they start to harden.
How to melt jolly ranchers using a double boiler
When melting jolly ranchers using a double boiler you need to start by crushing them into smaller pieces. In order to do this, simply take a Ziploc bag then place the unwrapped jolly ranchers inside. Take a rolling pin or hammer and use it to crush the candy.
When the jolly ranchers are crushed place them into the top container of the double boiler. In the bottom pot, add water. When the water starts boiling, the jolly ranchers will start to melt. Gently stir them until all the jolly ranchers have melted.
Once melted, remove from heat and use immediately. This is because if you leave them for a long time at room temperature, eventually they will harden up.
How to use melted jolly ranchers
Coating for apples
Melted jolly ranchers can be used as a coating for apples. In order to do this simply pour the melted jolly rangers on top on the apple and let it sit there for a few minutes until it has hardened.
Different shapes of candy
You can also use melted jolly ranchers to make different shaped candies. In order to do this, place the melted jolly ranchers into silicon moulds of any shape and use them to create different shapes of candy for example you can make lollipops. You may also use cookie cutters to make different shapes of candy. In order to do this simply pour the melted jolly ranchers into cookie cutters and let them sit for a few minutes until they harden.
There are different methods which you can use to melt jolly ranchers but, always make sure you use a method that is more convenient for you.