Almost everyone grows up with Jolly Ranchers. I had them so often as a kid that they began to become nothing particularly intriguing when presented with a bowl of candy. In fact, I hadn’t even thought about them when candy was mentioned for quite some time.

That is until I stumbled upon a new way of eating them. Resembling edible blown glass, these Jolly Rancher roses are a creative way to share Valentine’s Day with family, friends and other loved ones. This recipe is inspired by we are mitú‘s DIY tutorial on how to make candy roses from Jolly Ranchers.

Something sweet just in time for Valentine’s Day and a great way to practice sugar pulling, one of many pastry skills.

Jolly Rancher Valentine Roses

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:20-30 minutes per flower
  • Total Time:32 minutes per flower
  • Servings:1 candy rose
  • Medium


  • 3 Jolly Ranchers (any color)
  • 1 green Jolly Rancher
  • 1 skewer
  • 1 pot or glass bowl
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 tall mug
  • Step 1

    Begin by pouring the boiling water into the bowl or pot and placing the still wrapped Jolly Ranchers into the water.

    Photo by Camille Reisfield
  • Step 2

    Stir the water carefully so that the Jolly Ranchers do not stick to the bottom of the bowl/pot until they are soft and malleable.

    Photo by Camille Reisfield
  • Step 3

    Remove the Jolly Ranchers from the water and begin to flatten and twist them into petals. You may need to dunk them into the water to keep them soft and pliable.

    Photo by Camille Reisfield
  • Step 4

    Wrap the petal around the top of the skewer, working from the inside out until the rose takes shape. Add the leaf at the base of the rose.

    Photo by Camille Reisfield
  • Step 5

    Repeat until you have a full bouquet for your loved one(s).

    Photo by Camille Reisfield