Candy Jewels
Under-filling the wells in the gem molds produces more realistic looking gems that are easier to remove once hardened. Soak the sauce pan, candy thermometer, spatula, and measuring cup with hot water as quickly as you can after you finish working to dissolve the remaining syrup. A single recipe makes about 6 dozen small candies of one color (fewer if you combine them to make "complete" jewels). Adapted from Martha Stewart.