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Old Fashioned Rock Candy

Recipe Information
Vicky Bryant (found on internet)

  • 1 glass jar or drinking glass
  • 1 piece of cotton string
  • 1 pencil or stick
  • 1 paper clip
  • 1 food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup (225 ml) water
  • 2 cups (475 ml) sugar
  • Additional sugar
  • Tie a short piece of cotton string to the middle of the pencil or stick.
  • Attach a paper clip to the end of the string for a weight.
  • Moisten the string very lightly, and roll in a bit of sugar (this will "attract" the sugar crystals from the syrup to the string).
  • Place the pencil or stick over the top of the glass or jar with the string hanging down inside.
  • Heat the water to boiling, and dissolve the 2 cups (475 ml) of sugar into it.
  • For the biggest crystals FAST, heat the sugar-water solution a SECOND time, and dissolve as much additional sugar as you can into it.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the solution if desired.
  • Pour the solution into the prepared glass or jar and leave undisturbed for a couple of days.
  • Depending on how much sugar you were able to dissolve into the water, you should start to see crystals growing in a few hours to a few days.