Friday, August 21, 2009

Rock Candy

-1 cup water
-2 cups granulated sugar
-Flavoring (optional)
-Food Coloring (optional)

-tall glass jar (pint or quart sized)
-candy thermometer

Tie a piece of string around the middle of a pencil. Make sure it hangs higher than the bottom of your glass jar. Moisten the string with water and roll it in sugar. Put a weight (paperclip works well) on the end of the string to help it hang straight down. Place the pencil horizontally over the glass jar so that the string hangs down inside the jar (but not touching the bottom).

Cook the candy mixture. Boil the water in a saucepan. Add sugar while water boils, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat when sugar has dissolved, or when thermometer reaches 240 degrees F. If desired, stir in a few drops of color and flavoring. Pour the hot mixture into your jar.

Let jar sit for several days where no one will bother it. Crystals will start to form in a few hours; let them grow for 3 to 10 days +. The longer you let them grow, the larger your crystals will be. When ready to eat, remove the string from the sugar water and break crystals into pieces. Store in a covered container.

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