Homemade Rock Candy

Birthday parties = special treats. When my baby turned one we celebrated with a Curious George themed birthday party. One of the DIY items on the list? Homemade rock candy.


This stuff is SO easy to make and made for a fun science experiment for the preschooler.

First: boil water. I used 4 cups of water.IMG_1397

Next: add sugar. We ended up using 9 cups of sugar. Add it one cup at a time and stir until it is completely dissolved before adding another cup. It will take longer and longer to dissolve as you add more sugar.


Once the sugar has dissolved turn off the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes. This is the time to add any flavoring and any food coloring. The first time I did this I used peppermint, orange and lemon flavoring and dyed the water yellow. The second time I used watermelon and cotton candy flavoring and dyed the water red.

While the solution is cooling dip your wooden skewers into the solution and then roll in sugar and set on a plate or in a cup to dry. This kick starts the growth of your rock candy. I used regular old wooden skewers and then cut them down once the candy was done growing. Two clothespins held the stick steady on the cup.


Be careful pouring the water in; it’s hot!


I let them sit for a week on the kitchen counter.


They dried in a cup.


And then were ready to eat!



Have you made these before? How was your experience? Do tell!




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