Swirl candy tutorial with templates included

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Swirl candy

So this year we decided at home to do candy land decorations for this Christmas, on this post I wil show you how I did this swirl candy decorations and will share the exact same templates I used to chive this result.

Swirl candy tutorial

Swirl lollipops are a fun treat to eat and make. You don’t have to be an experienced candymaker to enjoy these delicious treats. All you need is an afternoon and the right ingredients and you can choose any color and flavor you like.

Because it’s better to have a partner while making this candy, this is a great recipe for kids. They will enjoy pulling and shaping the candy and then eating it later.

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon. from tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon. flavor extract (i.e., vanilla, lemon, mint, rose)
  • 1 tsp. food coloring (per color) Catalog
  • candy thermometer
  • large saucepan
  • a small amount of oil
  • cookie sheets
  • lollipop sticks
Swirl candy

First template – cut

This swirl prop was made using 1″ thick foam board insulation which I got from my local homedepot, I believe this size is ideal for this prop but you can use the thickness you fell comfortable with, the size for the swirl in this post is 12″ and the templates are designed for this size.

The first template is the round shape template, you will need to use this template as follow:

  1. Cut the template per the arc line.
  2. Place your template on top of the foam board and trace the total length of the arc on the foam.
  3. Rotate the template clockwise and align the center line with the end of the first traced arc and at the same time make sure the opposite end of the template is align with the curved traced from step 2.
  4. Go back and do the same as on the previous step but now do it on the left end of the arc traced from step 2.
  5. Finish your 12″ circle by completing the circle by aligning the marked curve with the template.
  6. Cut the shape, I cut the shape using my hot wire foam cut.
  7. If you are using the same type of foam board, peel off the reflective side. I found that the metal like size is easier to remove than the transparent film from the other end.

Second template – paint

OK, now is time to paint the swirl pattern on our circle shape foam. The paint type I use is acrylic paints, acrylic paint work great with foam boards, solvents from other paint types can potentially damage/melt the foam board. So make sure to have your acrylic paints ready.

  1. Cut the template per the sections marked with crossing lines.
  2. Align the arc edges from the templates with the edges of the circular foam shape.
  3. Trace the template shape on the foam board, use a red marker or color for convenience.
  4. Align the last swirl shape from the board with the first shape of the template and proceed to trace the second and third shapes from the template on the foam board.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you have completes the swirl shape of the circle.
  6. Paint the swirl sections using acrylic paint.

I wanted to place my swirl from on a palm tree, so I added rectangular sections of the same foam board and glue them using hot glue, I also pass a bungee cord which I will be using to attach to my tree.

The last step was to wrap the prop with cello wrap and the prop was ready.