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Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks Recipe

Updated on January 22, 2012
Rock candy is fun to eat and fun to make.
Rock candy is fun to eat and fun to make. | Source

Many people enjoy using rock candy swizzle sticks to stir into coffee or tea. Some like to eat the rock candy as it is. Making rock candy on a swizzle stick is a great way to have your rock candy with its own holder. Rocky candy isn’t just candy; it can be a fun science learning experience for children. Watching the sugar crystals attach to the swizzle sticks and grow into a yummy treat is a side benefit.

Making Rock Candy

Lay wood skewers, swizzle sticks or clean thin wood dowels in a shallow pan of warm water to soak for one to two hours.

Add 1 cup of water to a pot. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat.

Pour in 2 ½ cups sugar.

Optional: stir in a few drops of food coloring and your favorite candy flavoring.

Stir the sugar water continuously until the sugar dissolves and the water comes to a boil.

Pour the boiling sugar water into a clean glass jar or drinking glasses.

Remove the wood skewers, swizzle sticks or dowels from the water.

Sprinkle a layer of sugar onto a plate.

Roll the wet wood through the sugar, pressing it to the wood.

Place the skewer, dowel or swizzle stick into the sugar water at an angle. You can put more than one wood stick into the same jar or glass, but make sure they are not touching each other.

Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of sugar to the water. Do not stir the sugar into the water. Just let the sugar dissolve. You can also add more food coloring to deepen the color if you wish.

Set the sugar water filled glass or jar off to the side where it will not be moved or touched.

Check on the swizzle sticks often to watch the progress.

The sugar will begin to accumulate on the swizzle sticks and start to form crystals. As the crystals grow, on the wood stick they attract more sugar. Each crystal builds on the last and growth larger becoming a large crystal.

Typically, you will see a rock candy formation without two or three days.

Using Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks

Add peppermint candy flavoring and stir into unsweetened hot chocolate, tea or coffee.

Add a fruity flavor and make party favors for a children’s party.

Make pink or blue rock candy swizzle sticks and use them for a baby shower favor.

Have your children help, have fun and learn a little about science.


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    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great idea, the kids will enjoy making this!I also vote up and useful

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've always wondered how things like rock candy were made! I love the extra tips, such as adding color for special events. Great hub! Voted up and Useful.


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