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.
Place the isomalt and water in the non-stick pot or saucepan and bring it to a boil on medium-high heat without stirring.
After the mixture comes to a boil lower the heat to medium and cover the pan with a lid. Leave to simmer for five minutes. Pro tip - covering the pot will create steam and prevent crystals from forming at the edges.
Take the lid off and place the candy thermometer. Continue to simmer until the temperature reaches 320°F or 160°C without stirring. Pro tip - this can take an hour or more so be patient.
When you reach the right temperature pour the mixture onto a silicone mat. Let cool then break it into smaller chunks. Store in an airtight container and use as required.
Reheat isomalt in the microwave at 15 seconds intervals to soften and shape as desired.
Candy for Isomalt substitute
Bring sugar, water, light corn syrup to a boil. 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.
Please be very careful when handling hot sugar or hot isomalt.
Wear protective gloves s hot sugar can cause serious burns.
The mixture will take longer to reach the desired temperature so be patient.
Hot isomalt will stick to the skin so make sure to wear gloves when working.
Use heat to soften the isomalt just enough so you can shape it.
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