There is an absence of information online about how to seal and/or preserve decorations made with candy. I now know what not to do.
Use Mod Podge on multi-colored candy.
Use a clear acrylic spray lightly allowing to dry between spraying.
The process that worked:
I had a wreath/ring form that I got at Dollar Tree. I hot glued starlight mints onto the ring and then glued red-hots to fill in the gaps and empty spaces. You can carefully use a lighter to get rid of random strands of glue but don't get it near the candy.
Lightly spray a clear finish...allow to dry...and repeat until surface is no longer sticky to the touch. I will be posting another one and might even let ya'll see the process of failure to shining success.