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Of all the different candies and sweet stuff available in America, rock candy takes the cake. This isn’t your grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe; instead, rock candy is pure sugary sweetness with a crunch. Basically, it’s sugar crystals that are much larger than ones you might normally see. The candy usually comes on a stick, and is in many different colors ranging from red to blue, yellow or green. Rock candy, much like many different cookie recipes, rock candy has a long and interesting history. Its creation was first discovered in the 18 th century, although many different cultures claim that the refining of white sugar has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. At the time it was simply called sugar candy. In Turkey in the 1200’s, a poet there spoke about this sugar candy, and many claim this is the very first instance of making and eating rock candy.

Rock candy can come on a string, on a stick, or in pieces and sold by the pound in a bag. It now comes in a rainbow of colors and flavors. Some people even like to add a piece to their coffee or tea and let it melt for a fun and sugary experience. Rock candy is the purest sugar candy available. It is simple and fun to make. Here is how to make this fun, sweet treat:

  • Start with the following ingredients: 2 cups of water, 4 cups of regular, white granulated sugar, food coloring (whatever color you desire), flavored oils (your choice such as vanilla, peppermint oil, etc), a glass jar, and a string or stick
  • Be sure to wash the glass jar so it is clean and free of debris. Then, cut the string or stick a bit longer than the jar, and drape it over the side or allow the stick to rest on the jar so that the rest is sticking out. Use a pencil, and place this across the top of the jar, and then wrap the string around it or tape the stick to it. This will keep the string or stick completely vertical so the sugar crystals have something to cling to.
  • Wet the thread or stick and then coat it with the white granulated sugar.
  • Place the 2 cups of water in a pot or pan and allow it to boil. Add the sugar one cup at a time, stirring after each cup is added. Each time you’ll see that it takes a bit longer to dissolve than the time before. Continue this process until all sugar is dissolved and then remove it from heat.
  • Add any colors and/or flavors at this step. Add about 1 teaspoon of coloring, or teaspoon of flavored oils. Stir to even everything out throughout the mixture.
  • Let the combination cool off for around 10 minutes, then pour it into the jar. Be sure your string or stick is placed over the jar and that there is about a inch gap between the end and the bottom of the jar.
  • Keep the jar in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Cover it with a towel or dish rag.
  • In a few hours, the sugar crystals should begin to form. If nothing happens after 24 hours, you may need to re-boil the mixture and try it again.
  • Let the rock candy grow until it reaches the desired size. Once it’s finished, remove it from the jar and enjoy, or wrap in a plastic bag or some plastic wrap and save for later. Enjoy!

Rock candy is usually found at carnivals, candy stores, and some major retailers. It is a fun, sweet candy that kids and adults alike will enjoy. There is even a mountain in Utah named after the candy. Some people actually use the candy in their sugar cookie recipe, and top the cookie with some broken up rock candy pieces. The candy can also be used in a number of other cookie recipes. This colorful candy is something that everyone will be sure to love.