Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Making Your Own Rock Candy

I am trying to remember how my Mom made Homemade Rock Candy and find her recipe.
Found her Recipe too and Here is My Mom's Recipe for making Rock Candy. It's so Easy

What You NEED:
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1-1/2 c. white Karo syrup
1 tsp. oil flavoring
1 tsp. food coloring (your choice of colors)

What you Need to DO:
Combine first 3 ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Cook to 300 degrees for hard crack. Remove from heat and add coloring
and oil flavoring. Pour in cookie sheet sprinkled with powdered sugar.
After it is hard, sprinkle more sugar on candy. Then break in pieces.
(Oil flavorings are spearmint, cinnamon, anise, wintergreen,
Then I wanted more ideas
So I went on a research Spree and found a few recipes, (there are Dozens)
Here is what I found that helped me out.....Rock candy is a simple sugar candy that can double as a science experiment. The process can take up to a week, but it’s fun to watch the sugar crystals growing over time. Note that the exact quantity of sugar syrup you will use depends on the size of the jar you have. If you want to make several pieces of rock candy, use multiple jars and skewers, and double or triple the sugar syrup solution as necessary.
2 cups water
4 cups granulated sugar
1/2-1 tsp flavoring extract or oil (optional)
food coloring (optional)
glass jar
skewer or thread (see below)

1. Prepare your materials: wash a glass jar thoroughly with hot water to clean it. Cut a length of thick cotton thread a few inches longer than the height of the jar, and tape it to a pencil. Place the pencil across the lip of the jar, and wind it until the thread is hanging about 1 inch from the bottom of the jar. Attach a paper clip to the bottom of the thread to weight it and ensure it hangs straight down. Alternately, you can use a wooden skewer as the base of your rock candy, and use clothespins balanced across the top of the jar to clip it into place.

2. Wet your thread or wooden skewer, and roll it in granulated sugar. This base layer will give the sugar crystals something to “grab” when they start forming. Set the thread or skewer aside to dry while you prepare your sugar syrup.

3. Place the water in a medium-sized pan and bring it to a boil. Begin adding the sugar, one cup at a time, stirring after each addition. You will notice that it takes longer for the sugar to dissolve after each addition. Continue to stir and boil the syrup until all of the sugar has been added and it is all dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat.

4. If you are using colors or flavorings, add them at this point. If you are using an extract, add 1 tsp of extract, but if you are using flavoring oils, only add ½ tsp, and make sure you don’t stand right in front of the pan—the scent can be very strong as it rises in the steam. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring and stir to ensure even, smooth color.

5. Allow the sugar syrup to cool for approximately 10 minutes, then pour it into the prepared jar. Lower the sugared string or skewer until it hangs about 1 inch from the bottom.

6. Carefully place your jar in a cool place, away from harsh lights, where it can sit undisturbed. Cover the top loosely with plastic wrap or paper towel.

7. You should start to see sugar crystals forming within 2-4 hours. If you have seen no change to your skewer or thread after 24 hours, try boiling the sugar syrup again and dissolve another cup of sugar into it, then pour it back into the jar and insert the string or skewer again.

8. Allow the rock candy to grow until it is the size you want. Don’t let it grow too large, otherwise it might start growing into the sides of your jar! Once it has reached the size you want, remove it and allow it to dry for a few minutes, then enjoy or wrap in plastic wrap to save it for later.

****and oh look I found pictures too :) how helpful is this

Making Rock Candy another Recipe too

1 cup of water
3 cups of sugar
Food coloring (optional)
Flavoring (optional)


1Start a pot of water boiling on the stove.

2Twist a piece of cotton string (or a pipe cleaner) around the middle of the stick. The cotton string should be long enough so that when the stick is placed over the top of the glass, the string will hang just short of the bottom.

3Wet the string with a little water and roll it in the sugar.

4Lay the stick over the top of the glass jar so that the string hangs down inside the jar, but doesn't touch the bottom of the jar.

5When the water has started boiling, remove it from the heat and let the water settle.

6Stir in the sugar one half cup at a time. Continue adding the sugar until it starts collecting at the bottom of the pot and will not dissolve even when you stir. This will take a while and a good bit of sugar but not too much.

7If you want to add flavoring or color, stir it in now.

8Pour the sugary syrup solution into the glass until it is about 1 inch (2.5cm) from the top.

9Place the pencil over the jar and allow the string to dangle into the solution. Don't let the string settle on the bottom or sides of the glass.

10Place the glass somewhere where it can sit for a while undisturbed (but do not refrigerate it). After a day or so, you should start to see crystal growth forming on the string.

11Leave the string in the solution until the crystals are big enough for your liking or they have completely stopped growing.

12Remove the string from the glass and let dry.

13After it dries, wait until the crystal is formed. You have a choice now to either eat the rock candy or keep it.

1 comment:

  1. Nice. A wire instead of a straw tips of soft sticks is way better. More candy will stick to the wire too. This method is better. Thanks! -http://sugarshackvt.com/