Sugar glass (also called candy glassedible glass, and breakaway glass) is a brittle yet hard and clear form of Sugar. It is created by preparing and heating sugar to the Hard crack stage. Any water that is used in the preparation evaporates before the end of the cooking while in America Corn syrup is used as well to   stop the sugar from turning back in to crystals. 


Sugar Glass is mostly know as the glass bottles used in the movies. Sugar glass bottles are obviously a lot better than real ones. Sugar glass is being used nowadays to create stunning sugar   sculptures that look like they are made from blown glass. This new Sugar glass art comes in many differing forms, the most common ones are below. 


One thing that you need to be aware about Sugar glass is that it is hydroscopic, which is a fancy way of saying that it absorbs water,so if you leave it out over night it will start to go soft. Sugar glass bottles are made to be smashed. In the movies, the filming was made in sync  with the production of the sugar glass, as it warps and melts so quickly after.


One note of caution just because stage glass is a film prop, and you see it used in movies, doesn't mean that it really hurts and can cut if you fool around with it. Be careful kids, is all i'm saying.


Check out the video on the left, about Making Sugar Glass. It is a good overview and a fun take on it all.



Pulled sugar

Once the sugar has been cooked, the now-liquid sugar is poured onto a silicone rubber mat (e.g., Silpat). Any coloring is now added. The sugar is then folded repeatedly into itself, until the sugar is, while still flexible, cool enough to handle. The sugar is then stretched out and then folded on itself repeatedly. This process incorporates air into the sugar, and gives it a bright lustery sheen. The sugar can then be sculpted by hand into various shapes, made into ribbons, or blown.

Blown sugar

In blown sugar, a portion of pulled sugar is placed on a rubber pump which is tipped with either wood or metal. Pumps are most commonly hand pumps. While being blown, the sugar can be shaped, often into animals or flowers. Blown sugar cannot be quickly cooled by dipping it in water, so chefs must use fans to cool the sugar, all the while rotating it, so that it does not come out of shape. This works really well if you want to make tubular shapes. This is basically the same form of blowing glass crystal,  so don't try this on the first go and expect great results, very very challenging.


If anyone has any videos or tales about their adventures in making sugar glass bottles or stage glass then I would love to hear them. Please leave them in the comments box. Thanks