Golden Goose Egg (Hard Candy)
Updated: Feb 27
Here is a Golden Goose Egg I made out of hard candy for Fairy Tale Day! I didn't realize the story dates all the way back to Aesop's fables in Ancient Greece! Aesop lived from 620 and 564 BCE.
"The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs" is one of Aesop's Fables, numbered 87 in the Perry Index, a story that also has a number of Eastern analogues. Many other stories contain geese that lay golden eggs, though certain versions change them for hens or other birds that lay golden eggs. The tale has given rise to the idiom 'killing the goose that lays the golden eggs', which refers to the short-sighted destruction of a valuable resource, or to an unprofitable action motivated by greed."
My first plan was to use the plastic mold egg mold I had that I used to make the chocolate dinosaur egg (right and link).
Then I was going to paint it gold with lustre dust plus mint extract (to mix the liquid part with the lustre dust to make paint). I heated up the hard candy mixture of: corn syrup, sugar, and water as I learned how to do when trying to make a Galaxy Lollipop (still learning how to do that, haha!)
Then I poured it into the plastic mold. Ooops, it started to warp! I thought the melting point of plastic was higher than 300 degrees or 305 degrees (temperature of the hard candy mixture.) There are different types of plastics with different melting temperatures (link). "Most cups designed for hot liquids are made of polypropylene, or recyclable 5. This plastic's melting point is 170 degrees Celsius (338 degrees Fahrenheit)" I'm not sure what type of plastic the mold was, but it melted when I poured the mixture that was 300 or 305 degrees. It was when I poured the big glob of hard candy mixture that it started to be a problem.
RESULT: EPIC Fail!
We are good at this? But that was a good lesson! Don't do what I did. :) Don't use plastic molds when making hard candy. That's why I love my silicone molds. "Silicone rubber is generally non-reactive, stable, and resistant to extreme environments and temperatures from −55 to 300 °C (−67 to 572 °F) while still maintaining its useful properties."
I got a silicone egg mold and tried it again. Actually I burned the hard candy mixture and it was too dark and not golden looking, so I threw it out. You can burn the hard candy even if it is not above 300-305 degrees -- if it heats up too quickly over a short period of time. I don't know, maybe this is just me. Haha. :)
RESULT: Fail! (Another fail.)
This time I didn't burn the hard candy mixture. :) I poured it into the egg mold to set.
We are good at this! We got a golden goose egg! It looks pretty cool! It was already golden too, so I didn't need to paint it with gold lustre dust.
I plan to use the silicone egg mold for upcoming Easter and springtime crafts and also for dinosaur eggs anytime of the year. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!