Originally Posted by G_Cakes
I dont recommend doing it with regular sugar as chances are it would not turn out correct (color etc)
would go with and you should be fine
i've made lots of coral using regular sugar as part of a typical candy making recipe. when it gets close to the hard crack stage, get lots of containers/tupperware/buckets and fill with crushed ice (i use the stuff from the door on my fridge). the reason i tell you to wait is b/c you don't want the ice to start to melt and leave puddles on water in the bottom. once at hard crack, remove and color as wanted (i'm usually wanting 4 different colors, so i have four different bowls). then immediately pour over ice. it will harden right away as it melts the ice. remove sugar coral and place on drying racks to drain completely. sit on counter until you need it...do not put it in the fridge for an extended period of time!