Wooden skewers (I found 75 for 75 cents, sounded like a good deal to me)
Glass Jars (I had some mason jars, old jelly jars & some glasses)
Step 2: Cut the sharp ends off of the skewers so no one pokes themselves with it. I used my kitchen shears for this. Then you will want to cut each skewer in half. I used my kitchen shears to just make an indentation around where I wanted to cut it at and then snapped each in half.
Step 3: Dip the skewers in water and roll in sugar. Let them all dry. This will help the crystals start forming on the sticks.
Step 4: Add clothespins to the end of each skewer.
Step 5: Get a pot, sugar & water ready.
Step 6: Add a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water. I used 2 1/2 c. of water to 5 c. sugar and heat using medium-high setting on your stove until simmering. I then added a little more sugar once the first sugar dissolved and brought just to a boil. I've heard you can add up to a 3:1 ratio but I don't think I added that much. (I made 2 batches of this in order to fill my 8 jars/glasses). Remove from heat right after it starts to boil. I think I also messed up in this step. Make sure you keep adding sugar until no more will dissolve. I don't think I added enough sugar which is why it took me 3 WEEKS for my candy to finally get big enough for me to really consider it rock candy.
Step 7: Carefully pour the sugar/water mixture into your jars/glasses.
Step 8: (optional)
Step 9: Insert your sugared skewers into the glasses/jars. Don't let the sticks touch the bottom or the sides of the jars. I think maybe it would also help to put your jars in a sunny window to help the water evaporate faster so the sugar forms rock candy faster. I don't really have a good spot in my house to put the jars by a window (or at least not a spot that I would trust my dog and kids not to mess with them) so I just left them on my kitchen counter. But if you have a good spot in your house put them in a window becuase I think that would make it work faster.
That's it. Now you just have to wait a few days and watch as the crystals form and get bigger on the skewers. A few days/3 weeks, it's the same thing right?? :) I'm just glad the plain glasses of sugar water that I did turned out. Because if I would have had to throw out all the jars that would have been really depressing.
So................drum roll please................. My finished Rock Candy. Pretty impressive right. Ok, ok they are kind of wimpy rock candy but by making mistakes I've learned some valuable lessons on how-not-to make rock candy that maybe will be put to use in a future science project or used to make candy for a birthday party. So mistakes are not bad things they are just learning tools to make life more interesting. (At least that's what I keep telling myself)
I pulled them out of the solution and I'm letting them drip over some wax paper to dry. Out of the 12 sticks I started out with I got 4 sticks of candy but the kids had a good time watching these get made so I guess it was worth it after all. But next time I may just buy them a stick of rock candy instead of making it and let them have a little instant gratification.