Okay, kello, I did the Jolly Rancher experiment tonight, just out of curiosity! It worked SO much better than trying from scratch.
I just put two candies in a small ramekin and microwaved until melted. I used one of those colored plastic fruit skewers (with the ball on the end) to stir and to get the mixture into the jewel cavities (using the ball end sort of like a honey wand).
This was easier to work with! I'm actually going to try something else with these