DIY: Growing Rock Candy

As much as I hate candies, rock candy is too pretty to resist. The fact that they are beautifully shaped like crystals is fascinating enough for me to fall for these candies. It's so easy to make but these cutesies may take quite a long time to grow. If you need rock candies for special events, remember to prepare this at least 1 or 2 weeks before.

Growing your own rock candy need only two basic ingredients: water & sugar, and food coloring (optional). That is it. The other extra thing you need is patience. Growing rock candies may take varies time depending on the type and amount of water & sugar you use, the temperature you let them set, and ... . It takes 10 days for me to grow these candies as seen in the pictures.

Ingredients

Water
Sugar
Food Coloring
Flavoring Agents (Optional)

Materials

Cake Pop Sticks/ Rock Candy Sticks
Wooden Clips

Step 1
Prepare the ingredients. Dip at least three-quarter of the cake pop stick in the water. Roll it in sugar and set aside to dry.

Step 2
Bring the water to a boil. Pour the sugar gradually and incorporate them by mixing constantly using a wooden spoon or spatula. You know it's done when the sugar dissolves completely.
Tips: If it's too thick and the sugar doesn't dissolve anymore, add a little bit of water until it dissolves completely.

Step 3
Add food coloring to the water & sugar mixture. You may want to add more than a tablespoon of food coloring if you want your candies to be more bold. 

Step 4
Pour the water & sugar mixture to glass jars and let it cool down. 

Step 5
Remember the sugar coated cake pop sticks earlier? Put it inside the mixture until it covers half or three-quarter of the cake pop sticks using wooden clips. Set them aside for 5-7 days until they reached the perfect shape you want them to be.