Rock Candy Recipe
I was perusing lovely pictures on Pinterest when I came across a sparkly photo of an old fashion fav, rock candy. I clicked the photo to see what it was all about and realized it was a rock candy recipe. Intrigued, I read on.
It actually looked quite simple to make but reading the comments under the rock candy recipe post most people who tried it didn’t have success. Not sure why but I knew I needed to follow the steps carefully and think about it a little more while attempting my own batch. Here’s what I did:
Rock candy ingredients and supplies
- wooden skewers (I used 6″ or just cut the longer ones in half)
- glass jars/drinking glasses (approx 9-10 medium sized mason jars)
- large shoe box for holding prepared jars
The amount of water and sugar you need depends on how many pieces of rock candy you would like to make and the number of jars you have available (I recommend no more than 2 pieces per jar) – the standard ratio is 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water, but I found that I had to add much more sugar than most recipes called for. In the end, I used 10 cups of sugar to 4 cups of water.
Prepare the wooden skewers at least 2-3 hours before making your sugar and water mixture. Soak the skewers by immersing them in a bowl/deep plate of water for about a minute. Take them out and immediately roll them in a plate of sugar to give the new sugar crystals something to “seed” to. Be sure to let them dry all the way! If they are still too wet when you put them into the hot sugar solution, all of the sugar coating will fall off, and the new crystals will have nothing to grow on.