Sweets in milk bottles

Sweets in milk bottles sweet jars

Our customers often find quirky and unusual ways to use our products, making fabulous gifts for their friends and family. Today, we take a look at a recipe idea for making your own sweets, which can be popped into glass milk bottles to make cute and appealing gifts for all ages.

Ideas for sweets in milk bottles 

The size of the milk bottle opening obviously determines how big the sweets can be; therefore, giant gobstoppers and big chunks of honeycomb crunch won’t work. Instead, think of smaller sweets that will fit in the bottle easily and look fabulous. Jelly beans are perfect for this idea, as they are so colourful and just the right size. Try this recipe for homemade jelly beans to see just how easy they are to make.


235ml water
450g sugar
8g gelatine
120ml orange juice
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp corn flour
Various food colourings


– Pour 175ml of the water, 275g of the sugar and the gelatin into a large saucepan and heat on a medium setting. Bring to the boil, making sure the gelatin does not clump together.

– Use a sugar thermometer to monitor the temperature of the mixture – when it reaches 230°, take the pan from the heat. It should take around 20-30 minutes to reach this temperature.

– Place the pan in a bowl of ice to prevent the temperature rising any higher. Stir in the juice and the salt.

– If you have jelly bean moulds, spray these with baking spray and fill with the mixture; if you do not have suitable moulds, simply use a baking tray and place ¼-teaspoon blobs evenly on the tray.

– Leave to harden for up to six hours. Once hardened, tip the beans onto baking parchment and dust with cornflour. Leave to dry for a further two hours.

– Mix the remaining water and sugar, then divide into separate jars for each colour of bean you would like to make. Add food colouring to each jar.

– Add a handful of beans to each jar, put on the lid, and swirl the mixture round to coat the beans. Keep swirling each jar for about 15 minutes to coat the beans thoroughly. Remove the beans and allow to dry overnight.

Our range of milk bottles 

Whilst we stock glass milk bottles in a range of sizes, from 250ml to one litre, the smallest sizes work best for confectionery gifts. Tip your homemade jelly beans into a bottle, pop on the lid and add a gift tag and ribbon for a super cute gift.

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