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How to Make Rock Candy

Rock, or glass candy (as a friend of mine calls it), is a great and easy treat to make for the holidays. It not only tastes delicious, but looks beautiful!

Rock candy, or glass candy, is a favorite holiday Christmas treat that is easy and fun to make. It makes great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table, and you can choose any color to add to the candy.

My husband loves rock candy. He’s been asking me for quite a while to make some for the holidays. I’d never made any before now, and I was surprised at how easy it is to make.

If you have an hour, you can do it. Sometimes candy can be a bit overwhelming, fearing that it will either turn out like taffy, or be so hard it will break your teeth. But truly, it’s not hard. Grab a saucepan, a few ingredients, a candy thermometer, and you’re on your way!

Grab a cookie sheet and spray it with non-stick spray. I wipe it down after I spray it with a paper towel, so it’s not terribly greasy. Set the pan to the side. My cookie sheet is sort of sad-looking, but it works. 

 

Rock candy, or glass candy, is a favorite holiday Christmas treat that is easy and fun to make. It makes great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table, and you can choose any color to add to the candy.

 

Next, add sugar, corn syrup, and water. Give it a good stir to mix everything together. 

Rock candy, or glass candy, is a favorite holiday Christmas treat that is easy and fun to make. It makes great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table, and you can choose any color to add to the candy.

 

I keep the burner on medium-high. The temperature needs to reach 300-degrees to become hard candy. It will take a good 25-30 minutes to reach the temperature. 

It will reach a quick boil, and then sort of darken a little and become a slow boil. 

 

Rock candy, or glass candy, is a favorite holiday Christmas treat that is easy and fun to make. It makes great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table, and you can choose any color to add to the candy.

 

Not sure why my pictures turned out so dark, but you can kind of see how the mixture turns clear. 

When the candy reaches 300-degrees, take if off of the burner and add the food coloring. When I added red, I added about 3 food dye drops and it was kind of a quiet red. I made another batch and added about 10 green food dye drops and it really didn’t come out much brighter, so you don’t need to add more than a few drops. 

 

Rock candy, or glass candy, is a favorite holiday Christmas treat that is easy and fun to make. It makes great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table, and you can choose any color to add to the candy.

 

Stir in the food dye and pour it onto the greased pan. 

*Be careful, because the heat will transfer quickly onto the pan and it gets hot. 

Once the candy cools, you can take a knife and press against the candy. It will break fairly easily. 

Put the rock candy into a large bag and add some powdered sugar. Give it a good shake and you’re done! 

Rock candy, or glass candy, is a favorite holiday Christmas treat that is easy and fun to make. It makes great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table, and you can choose any color to add to the candy.

 

 

Rock candy, or glass candy, is a favorite holiday Christmas treat that is easy and fun to make. It makes great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table, and you can choose any color to add to the candy.

 

Music: Moose – Bensound.com

 

Yield: 5 cups

How to Make Rock Candy

How to Make Rock Candy

Rock, or glass candy (as a friend of mine calls it), is a great and easy treat to make for the holidays. It not only tastes delicious, but looks beautiful!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • Food Coloring
  • Spoonful powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Spray a 15"x10" cookie sheet with non stick spray.
  2. Add the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a saucepan. Stir the ingredients.
  3. Boil until 25-30 minutes, on medium-high, until candy thermometer reaches 300-degrees.
  4. Take it off the burner and add the food coloring. Stir until well blended.
  5. Pour onto cookie sheet.
  6. Let it cool.
  7. Carefully crack with a knife or something sharp.
  8. Add the candy to a large bag and add a spoonful of powdered sugar.
  9. Gently shake the candy until covered with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 0gSugar: 45gProtein: 0g
Nutrition is approximate.

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Amy (Savory Moments)

Friday 15th of December 2017

Very cool!! Who knew it was so simple to make?

Julie Pollitt

Friday 15th of December 2017

Hi Amy! I love simple!