Fun Recipes for Making Rock Candy With Your Kids
If you like rock candy, you'll love these recipes!
Your kids love the fancy hard candies at your local candy shop, but their pretty packaging costs a pretty penny! If your kids love rock candy, they'll love making rock candy with you at home. Rock candy is easy to make and won't empty your purse. These sweet treats are made with crystallized sugar that is cooled and broken into bite-sized pieces.
You can color the candy with food coloring to add a pop of color. Red and green make festive "holiday rock." Purple, blue, orange, pink, or yellow become "rainbow rock."
To flavor rock candy, add two teaspoons of orange, almond, or peppermint extract. If your kids have adventurous taste buds, use a teaspoon of flavored candy oils, such as lime, lemon, cherry, strawberry, banana, grape or watermelon. Be careful when using cinnamon oil, as it may be hot.
Make sure your kids don't sniff the oils to avoid irritating their noses! Rock candy boils at a high temperature, so be sure to have your child wear long sleeves in the kitchen. With overeager chefs, you may find it helpful to delegate jobs. Tell your child, "Mom gets the boring job of stirring, but you get to add the cool colors!" If it's a hit, you can also pass this recipe along to babysitters you trust in your kitchen!
Recipe for Lemon-Flavored Rock Candy
4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup water
1/3 cup powdered sugar
10 drops yellow food coloring
1 tsp. lemon candy oil
In a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and boil the sugar mixture, without stirring, until it reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage). Remove from heat and add food coloring and lemon oil. Pour into a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. When candy is completely cooled, break it into pieces. Sprinkle both sides with powdered sugar. If desired, place in a decorative candy jar to give as a gift.
Additional Rock Candy Recipes
- Kool-Aid Rock Candy
You'll be the coolest mom in town when you make these vibrant treats from the blogger named Amber at Snippets of Design. Add Kool-Aid and food coloring to boiled sugar and water. Place into glass jars and add a sucker stick. Place them by a windowsill and watch them grow into a rock candy lollipop.
- Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks
This unique rock candy recipe from Alicia French of She Knows is a fun twist on the traditional. Boil sugar and water and divide into glasses. Color with drops of orange, red, blue, yellow or red food coloring. Insert a wooden skewer and secure with a clothespin. Watch the sugar crystallize into a pretty party favor.
- Rock Candy Jewels
Your kids will love these fancy gems from Chica of Chica and Jo. Boiled candy syrup is placed into generously greased diamond-, oval- and square-shaped "breakaway" molds. Dip in powdered sugar and give as gifts or use for decorations on a princess-themed birthday cake.
- Microwave Rock Candy
If you don't have time in your busy schedule for making rock candy, don't worry! Try this quick-cooking recipe for "glass candy" from Angela Kim of The Squishy Monster. Melt sugar and corn syrup in the microwave for five minutes. If desired, color with blue food coloring for a "Frozen" theme. Pour onto parchment paper and break into pieces when cooled. It's a cinch!
Jennifer Gilbert is a freelance writer and field editor for "Taste of Home" magazine. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.