Who knew spending 8 years in prison would take Scar from tough street cholo to a Pinteresty, candy-rose maker. Scar learned how to make the flowers out of hard candy to send to his loved ones so they knew he was thinking of them. Awwwwwww, right?! Now you can melt the hearts of your friends too…
What You’ll Need:
•Hard Candy – Scar prefers Jolly Ranchers.
•Hot Water – You can place it in your mom’s Tupperware.
•Elote Stick – Be sure you save the sticks from the elotero.
•Ribbon – Scar likes collecting streamers from bautizos and quinceañeras.
•Sheets of Plastic – to wrap the rose.
•Cup – In prison, Scar used empty toilet paper rolls.
•Gloves – These came from those who worked in the maintenance departments.
Place the elote stick in the empty cup with the pointy part of the stick facing up.
In prison, Scar’s friends would save popsicle sticks to give to him.
Drop the candy in the hot water for a few minutes.
Be sure the water isn’t too hot. Scar recalls the first time he tasted a candy rose was when his cell-mate overheated the rose he was making. The petals were drooping and he handed it to Scar.
“I will never forget the first time I ate one. You have to remember no one makes them to eat. We make them to sell because they’re such a luxury. When I started licking it, it cheered me up so much. It made me forget I was in prison. I remember everyone in prison was staring at me because they couldn’t believe I was eating one. It cheered me up so much.”
Once the candy is soft, open the wrapper and press the candy until it’s flat.
The first time Scar made candy roses, he sent a bouquet out. He surprised his mom, baby mama, his kids, nieces and nephews with their own rose. Scar says he would sometimes give up his food to save money to buy the candy. For him, it was worth the sacrifices because he knew how unexpected and special these surprises were to his loved ones.
Wrap the candy around the stick. And repeat.
“I had to show my loved ones that even though I’m away, I care. It’s like giving someone a bouquet. You do it to try to show them you appreciate them.”
Take a green candy and layer it as the rose’s leaf.
“Everyone in prison does something different. Some make necklaces, other make furniture out of wooden sticks. There’s so much craft that goes on in prison. It’s like a Martha Stewart convention.”
Finally, wrap your rose in the plastic wrap and seal it off with a ribbon.
¡Y sas! You’re ready to swoop your loved ones off their feet with this candy flower?…