Raise your hand if you knew that hard sugar candy was the easiest thing to make…well it is! And since it is so easy we decided to amp things up with a little bit of alcohol—you know we love our spiked sweets ;) Plus, being a cinch to make, these green gem treats are the perfect take-away for St. Paddy’s Day. Now you will feel like master candyman Willy Wonka and you’re guests will feel like they finally found the leprechaun’s treasure underneath the rainbow. Win-win!


– 2 cups sugar

– ¾ cup hot water

– ⅔ cup corn syrup

– ¼ cup Goldschläger

– green food coloring


– pot

– kitchen thermometer

gem candy mold

 1. Pour hot water, sugar, and corn syrup into a pot. Place on medium heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Insert a kitchen thermometer into the mixture and heat until it reaches 300° F, then remove from heat.

3. Add a few drops of food coloring and stir till it’s blended.

4. Pour in the Goldschläger and continue to stir until the alcohol is blended.

5. Pour the mixture into the mold and let it cool in the freezer for 2-4 hours. Then bag ’em up!

Sugar + corn syrup + water is all it takes. Pour the ingredients into a pot and stir until it is dissolved.

Insert the kitchen thermometer and let the mixture reach 300 degrees F. Stir occasionally.

Once it’s reached 300 degrees F, remove from heat and add some food coloring. Green for St. Patty’s Day, (duh!). Then for our favorite part: add the alcohol! Keep an eye on the mixture, it’s totally crazy how the alcohol makes it bubble.

Check out that color! Get in my belly!

Pour the mixture into the mold. Don’t worry about over flow, it will break off in the end. Once you have filled the tray, place it in the freezer for 2-4 hours.

Look at those gems!

Pop them out and clean up the edges.

Now we’re not going to lie… these candies are kinda sticky (these are definitely not a chewy candy). We recommend bagging them up to give to your friends. Get lucky ;)

Yes! We definitely want to find this pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Ohhh I want candy.

Will you be filling your pot of gold with Goldschlagger gems for St. Patty’s Day? What other alcohol would you use? Tell us in the comments below!