Rock Candy the old-fashioned way! You can add food coloring or a flavored extract, if desired.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
1 week 3 days
total:
1 week 3 days
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare your candy growing area by thoroughly cleaning and drying a 2 quart jar. You will need a place for it to rest undisturbed for about 2 weeks.

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  • In a large bowl, place the water. Dissolve sugar in water, a little at a time, stirring each time until sugar is completely dissolved, until no more sugar can be incorporated. Pour sugar water into clean jar and place a bamboo skewer in the jar, being sure the top sticks out over the surface of the water. Cover with a cloth, to keep out dust, and let rest until all water is evaporated and crystals have formed on the skewer, several days.

  • NOTE: For larger crystals, try "seeding" them, by wetting your skewer and rolling it in sugar before placing it in the sugar water. Be sure not to disturb the crystals as they are growing.

Nutrition Facts

194 calories; carbohydrates 50g. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
EVERYBODY! If you get moldy water, try these things: Instead of a skewer, use cotton string or dental floss. Cover jar with something lighter. Use the ratio 2 Cups Sugar to 1 Cup Water. If you try any of these things, and they work, post it here! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/31/2004
*****READ THIS REVIEW FIRST***** THE RATIO OF WATER TO SUGAR IS INCORRECT.. THATS WHY MANY GOT MOLDY CANDY. THE RATION IS 4 CUPS SUGAR TO 2 CUPS WATER. I USED SQUARE TUPPERWARE CONTAINER... NO LID-- JUST LOOSE CHEESECLOTH OR FOIL. DO NOT MOVE CONTAINER.. WAIT ONE WEEK. JUST FINE...HOPE THIS HELPS Read More
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49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 21
Rating: 2 stars
08/31/2004
*****READ THIS REVIEW FIRST***** THE RATIO OF WATER TO SUGAR IS INCORRECT.. THATS WHY MANY GOT MOLDY CANDY. THE RATION IS 4 CUPS SUGAR TO 2 CUPS WATER. I USED SQUARE TUPPERWARE CONTAINER... NO LID-- JUST LOOSE CHEESECLOTH OR FOIL. DO NOT MOVE CONTAINER.. WAIT ONE WEEK. JUST FINE...HOPE THIS HELPS Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
EVERYBODY! If you get moldy water, try these things: Instead of a skewer, use cotton string or dental floss. Cover jar with something lighter. Use the ratio 2 Cups Sugar to 1 Cup Water. If you try any of these things, and they work, post it here! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/16/2007
I would give this zero stars if I could. Rock candy is supposed to be a supersaturated solution when you mix the sugar and water together. That means you should have more sugar than water not equal amounts of both. Of course when you leave sugar water out it feeds bacteria just like if you would leave meat out. The main thing is to try to make sure everything is as sanitized as possible and go for a recipe that has a sugar:water ratio of 2:1. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2003
Recipe worked rather nicely and the addition of just a touch of candy flavoring oils was great. IF you're getting moldy water try using a lighter weight cloth over your bottle. Whatever rag used was too heavy to let the water evaporate right. Cheese cloth works best! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/11/2003
All of you for whom this recipe did not owrk. I do not believe you did anything wrong. I know a lot about cooking and I have never had to re- try a recipe three times with this one I did on the third time I gave up. I tried a chees cloth it sat there for a month (kids waiting patiently) not one thing happened. I even tried the seeding method she suggested. I just feel like the amonts aren't correct or sometrhing. If you all have had the same problem there must be something wrong with the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
my kids and i loved them! although it did take long for them to develope good thinhs come to those who wait! i used orange for two and a little vanilla for the others. GREAT! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/09/2011
READ THIS BEFORE MAKING IT! The reason many had moldy water is because the ratio of sugar to water was wrong. You want the water to be supersaturated so you'll need a 2:1 sugar to water ratio. You have to heat the water in a saucepan to do this. You also do not want to use foil or plastic wrap to cover it. You need the water to evaporate some and it'll take longer to make the crystals. If you use a tupperware container rock candy will form on the sides of the container and they're really hard to get off. Don't forget to 'seed' the skewers/string by rolling sugar onto them. However you'll need to have the sugar water cooler than room temperature so that you don't just dissolve the sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2003
This was an interesting project for the young kids to watch take place. I added a little foor coloring to make them more fun. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2003
I want to try this recipe but I am not sure of how to get 24 servings with just 1 skewer. We have a big Christmas with alot of kids & I always make alot of treats for them to snack on I make candy cookies & popcorn & more I thought this might be a nice addition. If someone can help me please let me know. Read More
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