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Homemade Rock Candy

Homemade Rock Candy

The crystals that make up these pretty, shimmering treats form from a saturated sugar solution. If you have enough patience to not disturb the mixture and let the crystals form, then try this homemade rock candy recipe.

rock candy

  • 2 cups of water
  • 6 cups of sugar
  • food coloring
  • wooden skewers
  • candy flavoring (optional)

Homemade Rock Candy

First of all, you will need several glass jars that have wide openings and are tall enough for the wooden skewers. You need to be able to fit at least three of them into the jar, with space for the crystals to grow. Wet the wooden skewers in some water, then roll them around in sugar. This will be the stem from which the other sugar crystals will grow.

Secondly, take the cups of water and bring them to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add in the cups of sugar one at a time, letting the sugar dissolve each time and the mixture is clear. Boil everything for 10 minutes, then put in some food coloring and candy flavoring. Stir to combine, then let the solution cool for 10 minutes. Pour it into jars, filling them to 2/3.

Thirdly, cover the jar with some foil or plastic wrap. Place the jar somewhere at room temperature and where you won’t disturb it for the next 5 to 7 days. In the next couple of days you will be able to see crystals forming and growing up the sticks. If no crystals grow in a couple of days, then it means that your solution was not concentrated enough. You can boil the solution again and add more sugar.

Lastly, remove the candy when you are satisfied with the amount of crystals that have grown onto the skewers. You can wrap each homemade rock candy in a plastic wrap and store it or offer it as a gift.

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