Instead of throwing myself overboard, I decided to pick one element of the ocean that could help highlight the mermaid and her people. I decide sea glass is a great vehicle to evoke the calmness of the beach. It would be great as hard candies and as decoration on cupcakes or cake. Plus, it was fast simple and easy with minimal clean up because hardened sugar dissolves in water! All you need to do is soak all your used pots, pans and utensils.
The sites I used for research and inspiration were Leaf TV, The Spruce, Fancy Edibles, Something Turquoise. These four were great starting points as I had no compass about how to begin making sea glass. I used advice from each one and then manipulated the recipe to my needs. Below is what I decide on.
I decided to not use cornstarch. I also wanted to flavor the recipe with natural ingredients, so I choose honey and lemon/lime.
I made small batches to play around with. I had a thermometer on hand and allowed each mixture to reach 300 °. Then I poured the sugar onto wax paper to cool and harden.
I used equal parts sugar and water. Once the mixture reached 300°, I added the color, took the saucepan off the stove, gave a quick stir and poured.
Once the mixture cools and hardens, you will be able to start to crack the brittle. When you break down the brittle into the appropriate sizes, you can keep them shiny and translucent or add sugar or flour to get a matte and more weathered and softer look. I experimented with all three finishes.
I rubbed flour onto some broken pieces to see how it would stick. I though it turned out pretty nicely. I would probably not put these out to eat as candy.
I didn’t have confectioner’s sugar as some of the blogs where I drew inspiration from mentioned, but I did try granulated. I threw the granulated sugar in a bag and dropped in a few broken pieces at a time and shook and rubbed the heck out of them!
For me it was a little difficult to soften the sides. A dish towel did not work, so in the plastic bag with the sugar I took a longer time to rub down each piece and all its sides. They came out softer.
Lemon/Lime sea glass:
For the lemon/lime flavor, I went to my refrigerator drawer and picked the smallest lemon and lime then cut both in half and used one half of each. I squeezed the two halves into the saucepan, added the sugar and water and boiled over low heat. I then made two glasses of water and squeezed the lime half into one and the lemon half into the other to stay hydrated. For the dual color effect, I added green to one side of the pan and yellow to the other. I didn’t mix the colors together; I mixed each within its side. I then poured the mixture (green side first) onto wax paper. The yellow quickly runs into the green but as you spread the sugar brittle out you can see the yellow pop through the green.
Honey sea glass:
For the honey flavor I added I tbsp. of honey per ¼ cup of sugar and water. As I mentioned, I made very small batches and used ¼ cup of water and ¼ cup of sugar. I did burn this mixture a little to give it more of a brown look. I can still taste the honey, but if you want to give this as a favor to be eaten and not as pure decoration to a cake or centrepiece or something, I would add a touch of green to get a brown color.