How Do You Melt Jolly Ranchers?

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Jolly Rancher hard candies can be melted by placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and baking them for four to six minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When the candies cool, they re-harden and retain their melted shape.

Jolly Ranchers can be melted to create custom candies in varying shapes and colors. Place one hard candy on top of a Popsicle stick before baking to create a Jolly Rancher lollipop, or place several candies inside a metal cookie cutter to melt the candies into shapes. The melted candies can then be served plain or used as decorations for cakes, cupcakes and other pastries. Jolly Ranchers can also be placed in shapes cut into cookies and melted for a stained-glass look, and candies melted into shapes can become hanging decorations for the holidays. To create ornaments, place a cake decorator tip in the cookie cutter to leave a hole for the ribbon or string to slide through. Ensure all candy is completely cooled and hardened before handling.

The original Jolly Rancher hard candies come in blue raspberry, apple, cherry, grape, watermelon and lemon flavors. However, the company also sells sour fruit flavors, fruit smoothie flavors, wild berry flavors and additional fruit flavors. The Hershey Company makes Jolly Ranchers.