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  1. I was searching the other day for recipes for sweets to make for our school Christmas fair. I nearly fell off my chair when I came across this recipe for "Sea Glass" candy! I just had to share it with you.

    Sea Glass Candy:

    yields roughly 3/4lb of candy
    210 grams (1 cup) sugar
    140 grams ( 1/3 cup) light corn syrup
    85 grams (6 tablespoons) water
    food coloring
    1/2-1 teaspoon flavoring oil (depending on how strong you like the flavor)

    non-stick cooking spray
    powdered sugar for dusting

    Lightly spray a small metal pan with non-stick spray. I'm using quarter sheet pans for my candy, however a 9x9" pan will work just fine. I don't recommend using ceramic or glass pans/casseroles because we'll be hitting the candy with a mallet later and well... you don't want real glass in your sea glass candy.

    In a small non-stick sauce pan, weigh out the sugar, water and corn syrup and place over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. When it begins to simmer, wash down the sides of the pan with a damp pastry brush, attach your candy thermometer and sit back and watch. Just watch, no stirring.

    When the mixture hits the 250°F range, go ahead and add your food colorings. I use gel coloring but regular colorings should work fine. Again, don't stir. The bubbling action will distribute the color for you. In fact, watching it spread is one of the more entertaining aspects of staring at a boiling pot of sugar for 10 minutes.

    Once your thermometer* reads 300°F pull it off the heat and then add your flavoring and stir. Be careful as it will bubble and steam. Immediately pour the bubbling mixture into your prepared pan and allow to sit until cool.

    Once it has fully cooled, cover with a piece of parchment paper and hit it with a mallet.

    Collect the pieces and brush with powdered sugar. To store the candy, place in an air tight container and keep at room temperature. 


    Original recipe can be found at notsohumblepie.blogspot.com 

     

  2. I was going to wait until the new year to add a blog to the website, but after some recent chats on Twitter I have been inspired to get going straight away.

    I was asked by a customer recently for a little fact sheet about the sea glass, we use at Sea Sparkle to put in with the jewellery she had bought as a gift, so that the person recieving the sea glass jewellery would know all about where it came from. This seemed like an excellent idea, so here is what I wrote:

    ABOUT SEA GLASS

    Sea glass is the smooth and multi coloured fragments of glass, found washed up on beaches. For many people there is an emotional attachment to sea glass, as they can remember collecting it as a child or on special seaside holidays.

    The waves, water, sand and salt all have a part to play in the smoothing and shaping of the sea glass and each beach will have its own characteristic glass.

    The most common colours of glass to find are green, brown and clear (white) with colours such as blue, red, yellow and black being amongst the most rare to find. Regardless of the colour each piece of glass will have its own story and history to tell.

    The most common browns are nearly always from broken beer bottles, this does not make them boring however, as beer has been bottled for centuries, and it takes at least 50yrs to make really smooth sea glass.

     At Sea Sparkle we are lucky enough to know of a beach that has a surprisingly plentiful supply of the rare Black sea glass. Black sea glass is what we like to call Pirate glass, as nearly all black bottles were produced before 1880 and were used to protect liquids from sunlight during transportation. The golden age for piracy was around 1730 and so we like to think our Black sea glass has come from a pirate ship. Certainly the area where we collect it from has a famous history with pirates. Black sea glass is actually a very dark green glass, as you will see if you hold it up to the light.

    At Sea Sparkle we only use genuine sea glass found mostly on the beaches of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. We use the glass just as we find it off the beach, with a frosty surface. If you would like the colours of your sea glass jewellery to be more obvious, rub the glass with a tiny, tiny bit of oil such lavender oil.