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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Rock candy is a favorite old time candy. Tiny sugar crystals on a stick . This is one of those candy’s found in just about every specialty candy store. It comes in a variety of colors and flavors. The most popular way to purchase this is on a stick, but it is sometimes also available on a string.
Did you know you can make your own rock candy? It is pretty simple to make, however it does take time. This would be a perfect candy to make this summer
with your kids and it tastes good too ! Here is a easy recipe if you would like to give it a try.
• Glass Jar
• String or Wooden Stick
• Paper Clips
• Cloths Pins ( if you use a wooden Stick )
• Sauce Pan
• 4 cups of granulated sugar
• 2 cups of water
• Food Coloring
• ½ teaspoon of flavoring
Please note that the food coloring and flavoring is optional. For flavoring you can use either extract or oil. If you would like more flavoring just increase the amount of your flavoring
Let’s get started
1. Selecting your jar. The size of your jar will depend on what size you want your rock candy to be. It is recommended to start out with a medium size jar. Pick a wider jar or your rock candy may end up forming to the sides of you jar instead of your string. It is best to use just one jar per candy so they don’t form together. Wash you jar thoroughly with hot water and leave it air dry.
2. Preparing your string. It is best to use a heavy cotton string when making rock candy. Cut your so it is longer then your jar. Two or Three inches longer works best. Attach your paper clip to one end of the string. Tape the other end of you string to the pencil. Lay the pencil across the top of the jar so that the string hangs in the jar. Roll the string around the pencil until the paper clip is approximately one inch from the bottom of the jar. Make sure the string is hanging straight.
3. Next we need to prepare our string so the crystals have something to form on. You need to wet your string and roll it in some sugar. Set it aside and leave it dry as you are making the syrup.
4. Pour your 2 cups of water into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil. Once your water is boiling it is time to start adding the sugar. Just add one cup at a time. Keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Once your sugar is completely dissolved it may be removed from the heat.
5. If you are going to flavor your candy now is the time for that. You can now add either a ½ teaspoon of oil or 1 teaspoon of extract which ever you prefer to use. The add 3 drops of food coloring.
6. Let you mixture cool for 10 to 15 minutes then pour into you jar. Remember this is still going to be pretty hot. Now add your sugarcoated string. Just a reminder make sure your string is centered in your jar, is about 1 inch from the bottom and hanging straight.
7. Place your jar in a save spot where it doesn’t have to be moved as that will disrupt the crystals from forming. Loosely cover your jar.
If you are using sticks to make your rock candy follow the same procedure as above however when placing your stick in the jar center it and use the cloths pin to hold the stick in place. Make sure that the stick is not touching the bottom of the jar.
Now that the process is done you wait. Within 3 – 4 hours you should start to see the crystals forming on the string. Let your creation grow until it reaches your desired size. Once it is the size you want, remove it from the jar and let it air dry for a little bit. It is now ready to eat, if you are not planning on eating right away just wrap it in plastic wrap and save for later.
Sometimes something goes wrong with the process and does not form like it should. If you see no change after 24 hours just re boil your syrup and start again. Don’t get discouraged as I am sure it took Willy Wonka a few attempts to get his creations right.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Do you remember going to the neighborhood candy store after school to buy a bag of your favorite candy? If you do, then you must surely miss candy from the past. It’s nice to know you can take a walk down memory lane with friends and family and enjoy the sweet taste of the past at the same time when you share old school candy with people you’ve known for many years. It’s also nice to know old school candy is still around, you can buy it online at O'Ryans Village.
Mary Janes, Sugar Babies, Hot Tamales, Red Hots and Black Jack Gum are all sweet treats that have made it through the years. A sampling of peanut butter covered with taffy gives Mary Janes their unique flavor. Hot Tamales and Red Hots are sweet candies with heat. Black Jack gum has a delicious licorice flavor that is irresistible if you like the taste of licorice. Flavored wax lips and mustaches have stood the test of time as well.
These are just a few of the many old time nostalgic and retro candies that are still very popular today. Although many of your favorite treats from the past may be hard to find locally they you can still buy them online and have the shipped right to your door.
Old school candy is for young and old alike. Candy from the past lets children enjoy candy they’ve never had before, and it lets adults reminisce. What could be better than candy that sends you back in time and lets you feel like a child again?
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