Rock Candy has been around forever and it is still a favorite of kids and some adults. Some kids have to make a sweet school science experiment by growing their own sugar crystals to form the candy. Many adults love to use Rock Candy swizzle sticks with their coffee or tea. It is actually fun to make Rock Candy especially f you involve the kids. They can check the progress of it and watch it grow. It is great to make some extra to be used as a little added decoration to a gift or make favors for a party. Rock Candy is very easy to make so if you wanted to make only a few or if you need to make bulk Rock Candy, you can do it!
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
Add 2 to 2 1/4 cups of sugar to the boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar completely.
Pour the hot sugar water into a tall glass or wide mouth jar.
Add a few drops of food coloring (optional) and/or any type of candy flavoring you prefer (optional)
Take a piece of cotton string and tie it to the center of a wooden skewer, chop stick, pencil or something similar.
Tie a small clean, weighted object such as a paperclip to the other end of the string.
Slightly wet the cotton string and roll it in sugar.
Balance the chop stick, skewer, pencil or whatever you used across the top of the glass or jar with the weighted end almost touching the bottom.
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar to the water.
Leave the glass and especially the string undisturbed for 2 to 3 days.
Watch as the sugar crystal form on the string and grow into Rock Candy.
To make Rock Candy Swizzle sticks:
Soak wooden skewers in plain water for 6 to 8 hours, roll in sugar and use them in place of the cotton string.