- 2-3 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- Skewers/Candy sticks
- A jar or glass
- A large saucepan
- Food coloring
- Candy flavoring
- You can double every thing to make more.
- Combine equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Then slowly add more sugar in small amounts until it will no longer dissolve in the water.
- The water should start to look cloudy. That is the point when no more sugar is dissolving and the perfect sugar saturation has been reached. You are creating a saturated sugar solution. The amount of sugar verses water used should be roughly 3:1. Add candy flavoring if desired, and then continue to heat the water until it comes to a simmer.
- Remove the sugar water from the heat, and allow it to cool. While it is cooling you can prepare you skewers or candy sticks. Cut the skewers to a desirable size for the jars you are using. Then dip the sticks in water and roll them in sugar.
- Allow the sugar coated sticks to dry. While those are drying you can prep you jars. Once you sugar water is cool enough pour it into jars and add food coloring if desired. Then, once the sticks are dry place them in the jars.
- You want to make sure that the sugar coated are completely dry before placing them in the jars. The rock candy needs the sugar to grow on, and if the sugar on the sticks isn’t dry it will dissolve in the water. Make sure that the sticks are not touching the bottom or sides of the jar.
- It is now time to sit back and observe the jars.
- After a week, your rock candy has probably grown enough to take out of the jars. After you take the candy out, put them on a plate to dry.
The process will take a week or so for your rock candy to grow. But when it is time to take them out, then you get to enjoy a fun treat to eat.
I used to make these as a kid. It was so much fun, putting everything together, and the best part was waiting for the candy to grow.