Tutorial Tuesday: Rock Candy

February 5th, 2013 1 Comment

I have never made rock candy… ever.  Does this seem strange to you?  My husband thought it was strange.  But, when I saw this tutorial, I knew I had to try it.  I used my kids as an excuse – it’s a learning experience, they’ll have so much fun, they’ll have a yummy treat! – but really,  it was for my amusement.

I found this tutorial over at Science Bob.  I followed the directions, mostly.  I think I added more sugar than the tutorial calls for.  It does say to keep adding sugar until you can’t add anymore… so that’s what I did.  All I had were giant wooden skewers that were pointy on one end. Hubby helped me cut off the pointy end so the kids didn’t stab themselves in the mouth in their eagerness to consume pure sugar.

I originally planned to make 2 rock candies, but when hubby saw what I was doing, he begged me to make him one too.


Here they are, sitting… the tutorial says to let it sit for 3-7 days.

rock candy

We waited for almost 2 weeks because the hubby and kids decided they were willing to wait to see just how big the rock candy would get.

After 2 weeks it seemed to have grown as much as it would.  I think it was worth the wait, do you?

Sam - Nomnom

I did try to explain the science behind the rock candy, but I think the kids were more interested in eating it than learning about it.

Cakes - Nomnom

Here’s my attempt at a close-up of the rock candy.  I just think it looks neat.

Rock Candy - Finished

Now that the candy has been enjoyed, how the heck do I clean this mess out of my glasses?

glass - after

What do you think?  Is this something you would try?

Is there a tutorial you would like to see me try?

Did you make rock candy as a child?

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Wow, that is pretty cool. I didn’t know you could make rock candy like that. Maybe you should have put in more sticks per glass and that would also solve part of the problem with the leftover stuff in the glass.