DIY: Rock Candy
Rock candy is a pretty confection made by evaporation. You can make them in any flavor or colour you choose, creating a special festive feel when you dip one into your drink. They take about a week to form so you will have plenty of time to watch this delicious science treat grow before your eyes.
Use this as favours or place holders in glasses or add them to your dessert buffet.
What You’ll Need:
- 4 cups Sugar
- 2 cups Water
- Extra Sugar (for rolling your sticks in)
- Glass Jar with a lid (preferably plastic lid)
- Wooden skewers/sticks
- Boil the water in the saucepan over a medium heat. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring continuously, until the water becomes clear. Don’t let the solution get too hot or cook too long. If you overheat the sugar solution you’ll make hard candy, which is nice, but not what we’re going for here.
- Remove the sugar water from the heat and carefully pour into a clean glass jar. Leave a gap at the top of the jar.
- Dampen your wooden skewers or sticks with water (where you want the crystals to form) and then roll the damp area in the extra sugar. Allow this to dry.
- Make holes in your lid. Enough holes for each stick and a few more so that air will be able to circulate.
- Push your dried skewers through the holes in the lid. Place the lid on the jar with the sticks in the sugar solution. Allow this to sit for about a week.
- Remove the sticks from the jar when the crystals have formed to the size you like.