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Featured Allergy-Free Recipe: Sugar Sculptures and Shapes

Allergy-Free Candy Recipe:
Just Sugar Christmas Tree Sculpture

An impressive, but easy allergy-free recipe to make sugar sculptures or shapes. This example shows you how to make a Sugar Christmas Tree.
Recipe Information  
Category: Candy
Recipe Created By: Laura Giletti
  • Ingredients  
  • 4-5  batches  Just Sugar Syrup (see link to recipe below)
        nonstick foil
        star cookie cutters
  • Instructions
  • To make the sugar tree you will need to make several batches (4 - 5 depending on the number of triangles you want) of Just Sugar Syrup. (To see the free public version of this recipe, click here.)

    Make your first batch of sugar syrup. While the water heats, make a fan from the foil. Fold the foil in accordion pleats. Fold one end of the pleated foil together. Then open up the other end and widen each bottom pleat to make a triangular space. Fold the open ends of the foil up to help contain the sugar syrup.

    nonstick foil folded for sugar tree

    Once the syrup is hot, pour it in the foil form and allow it to cool. Remove the triangles as they cool. A silicone pan liner makes a great place to put the sticky triangles. Too much handling will make them less glossy. The foil form can be used several times if you want more triangles.

    sugar poured into mold

    Take smaller pieces of foil and wrap them around your cookie cutters. Simpler cookie cutters are easier than very complex ones. Remove the cookie cutter leaving a foil form of the shape. If you leave the cookie cutter in the foil the sugar will stick, even if you oil the cutter. Make another batch of syrup and fill the foil shape with syrup.

    stars for tree

    When the triangles have cooled, make another batch of syrup and pour into a heat proof plate to make a base. Do not use a plastic plate or any other material that might melt. If you are concerned about cracking due to temperature change, warm the plate first in the oven. The sugar will not be removed from plate and this will become the display base. Remove the triangles from the mold and prop them with one end on the still-soft sugar and the tips together. You can use some non-stick foil to hold them together.

    nonstick foil folded for sugar tree

    If the sugar base is too hot, you might find that it softens the triangles or that the triangles keep falling over. If so, simply place the plate on an ice bath to cool it more rapidly.

    cool sugar tree

    Make another batch of syrup to use as glue for your decorations. Take the stars out of the foil and dip them in hot sugar syrup. Be VERY careful as the sugar syrup is extremely hot. I dipped only one half of each star into the syrup, keeping a good part of the top free. The stars will immediately stick to the tree. In fact, you will not be able to move them so place them carefully.

    sugar Christmas tree
    Photos courtesy of Laura Giletti
  • Comments  
  • The nonstick foil is currently only available from Reynolds. It is coated with silicone so it does not have the allergy concern that an oil would bring.

    In my experience 310F is rather bitter tasting, so for eating, aim for closer to 300F. For those without a thermometer, you simply dont want to have brown all the way across the bottom of the pot.

    If you are using the candy for decoration, I have accidentally gone up to 335F and the sugar was clearly burned but it came out a beautiful ruby-red brown.
  • Substitutions  
  • You can use any cookie cutters to create foil molds for decorations on your tree.
     This recipe is free of:
     Milk  Peanut  Egg  Soy  Tree nut  Corn
     Gluten  Wheat  Fish  Shellfish  Sesame  


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