Rock candy is so pretty…so why wouldn’t you want to make them at home!? I thought they would be a super easy project that I could enjoy, no problem….but I wasn’t successful the first time I tried making these. I did something wrong and they did not form crystals…they didn’t do anything. Darn it! But the second time I made sure I let the sugar-water reach a rapid boil and it was a success! I love the way they turned out.
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- 8 Cups Sugar
- 4 Cups Water
- Candy thermometer
- 5 Jars
- 5 Clothes pins
- Food coloring
- 5 Candy sticks
The night before, soak sticks in water for about 20 min then roll in sugar. Place on paper towel or plate and let dry overnight.
Gather jars and designate a remote area to place them. (They need to sit untouched for 1 week for crystals to form)
In a medium sauce pan bring water to a rapid boil.
One cup at a time add sugar and let dissolve completely before adding next cup. Once all the sugar is added and the sugar-water is clear, remove from heat. (I let my sugar water boil for a while, like 10 min…..my water temperature was anywhere between 250 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit)
Add food coloring drops to jars.
Once cooled, pour sugar-water into jars…this mixture will make 5 suckers. (I doubled it)
Put stick through a clothes pin and place into filled jar. Make sure the stick is not touching the sides of the jar.
Cover and leave alone for approximately one week or until crystals are at desired size.