Sunday, March 20, 2011

making rock candy

So I saw a video of how to make rock candy and I really want to try it. This is a weeklong project as we wait for the rock crystals to form so I'll be updating daily to see if we are successful or not. Anyway, aside from water and sugar. You need these food colour and flavourings. 

 Boil 2 cups of water.
Add 4 cups of sugar and stir with a wooden spoon. 

 Keep stirring until all the sugar is dissolved and the solution is clear. Remove from heat and transfer to your prepared jars. 
 Add the food colour and flavours, and dip the prepared skewers into the solution. 
 Roll the skewers in sugar. 
 Allow it to dry. Now this part is very important as the sugar crystals on the skewer will act as a base for the sugar crystals to form
 Return the skewers into the jars and make sure the skewer doesn't touch the bottom of the jar. Cover the jars with a sandwich bag and wait. The rock crystals should begin to form within 4-6 hours. Allow the skewers to soak for at least a week. You may have to clean the top of the solution as crystals begin to form. 
I'm excited to see how this will turn out! I guess patience really is a virtue! 

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