Candy Clay
Candy clay can be used as a candy alone or it can be used to model decorations for finished candies or cakes. You can use either chocolate or candy coatings.
1# Chocolate/ coating
1/2 cup Corn syrup for dark coating or chocolate
(You may want to adjust the amount of corn syrup to your liking no more than 1c, no less than 1/3c)
Flavoring (optional)
Place candy coating in a plastic, microwave, container and heat on 30% power until, coating begins to look shiny and wet. Remove and stir frequently. When there are a few un-melted lumps left remove coating from microwave and stir until all lumps are melted. Do not exceed 115°F. Overheating coating or getting water in coating will cause coating to thicken. Add corn syrup and stir until just mixed. Spread on waxed paper and chill. Once clay has set remove from refrigerator and knead to soften. Add candy colors as desired. Use like clay and form into desired shapes. If clay is too soft add additional coating, chill, and knead again. If clay is too stiff knead in a little extra corn syrup. For a more chewy Tootsie Roll texture is desired replace regular corn syrup with glucose. This will make a firmer mixture for forming rose petals.
How to Make a Rose

Fig. 1

Knead the candy clay to a uniform texture. Remove four marble size pieces of dough and roll into ½ inch balls. Using a heavy weight plastic bag place one ball inside and squash it so that it has a this flat edge on one side and thicker on the other side (fig. 1).
Fig. 2 Using your index finger rub around the top edge or the thinnest side of the squashed ball. This creates the petal. Rubbing your finger around the edge gives the petal a thin edge for a soft delicate look. Remove the petal from the bag. Holding the petal on the bottom or thicker side, envision folding it in thirds right to left but don’t. Instead wrap it around itself in thirds to create an inverted cone shape (fig.2).
Fig. 3
Create your second petal in a bag the same as the first. Remove from the bag. Wrap around the first petal. Attach the petals together at the bottom or thick end. The warmth from your hand should make the dough tacky so that it will stick to itself. Do the same with the second and third petals. When placing the petals remember the highest point of the rose is the center and the rest of the petals fold out (are lower) into a blossom. (fig.3)
Folding over the tips of the petals and adding a little wave to your petals will give the rose more character and make it look more life like. If you want your rose to be larger add more petals. If the roses have a bulky look to their base, pinch it off to create a balanced rose.

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