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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Rock Candy For All Ages

Rock candy is a simple sugar candy, that can also double as a science project. For it shows how crystal forms in the caves everywhere.
The process can take up to a week, but it's fun to watch the sugar crystals grow over time.

Rock Candy 2 c. Water 4 c. Sugar 1 tsp. Flavored extract, optional 3-4 drops food coloring, optional Glass jar Skewers or piece of heavy thread Prepare your jar, by washing it in hot water to clean it. Then cut a piece of thread, a couple of inches longer than the jar and tape one end to a pencil and tie a paperclip to the other end. Place the pencil across the top of the jar and wind the thread (not the paperclip) is one inch from the bottom of the jar. The paperclip is used to keep the thread straight, as the crystal begins to form. If using skewer, secure the skewer with clothespins balanced across the jar's opening. Wet the thread or skewer with water and coat it with sugar. This will give the crystals, something to hang on to as they begin to form. Set the thread or skewer aside to dry, as you begin to make the sugar syrup. Pour the water into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. As the water is boiling, add one cup a sugar at a time, allowing the sugar to dissolve between each cup of sugar. You will noticed, that after each addition of sugar, it will take longer for it to disolve. Continue to stir and boil, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat. At this step, it is best to add your flavorings and colorings. Allow the syrup to cool for ten minutes, then pour into the jar. Then lower the thread or skewer into the syrup, making sure the thread or skewer is one inch from the jar's bottom. Place jar in a cool place, away from bright lights, where it can sit undisturbed. Cover loosely with a plastic wrap or paper towel. You should start to see sugar crystals forming within 2-4 hours. Allow the rock candy to grow until it is the size you want. But don't let it get too big, that you can't get it out of the jar. Once it reaches the size you want, remove it and allow to dry for a few minutes. Then enjoy or wrap in plastic for later.

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