Isomalt can be tricky to work with, expensive, nor is it easily available. This simple, easy and effortless recipe for isomalt gems substitute uses sugar candy as a substitute for Isomalt gems. It makes a great treat for kids cakes as kids can eat candy instead of isomalt. And it can be used for fashion inspired cakes or sugar shoes.
Once it starts to boil do not stir with a spoon or spatula.
Gently brush the sides of your pot with a wet pastry brush to drop any sugar crystals stuck to the side.
Let syrup boil gently until it reaches 300 F on a Candy Thermometer.
Add food color if needed.
Let the bubbles & steam settle.
Pour into candy molds
Leave to set for about 30 minutes undisturbed.
Once set flip the mold over and the gem should just drop off.
Store in an airtight container.
Use as gemstones on a cake.
Note - Very important. Please be very careful when handling hot sugar. Wear protective gloves. Hot sugar can cause serious burns. Sugar will take longer to reach 275 F then rise higher must faster so watch carefully or you can burn sugar in a few seconds.