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I WANT TO MAKE THIS THING I SAW ON THE CAKE BOSS. IT USED SUGAR AND WATER, HEATING INTO A THICKER LIQUARD. HE THEN MIXED WITH FOOD COLORING, DUMPING IT OVER ICE TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT LOOKED LIKE CORA
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ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/9/2010 5:06 PM EDT
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I WANT TO MAKE THIS THING I SAW ON THE CAKE BOSS. IT USED SUGAR AND WATER, HEATING INTO A THICKER LIQUARD. HE THEN MIXED WITH FOOD COLORING, DUMPING IT OVER ICE TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT LOOKED LIKE CORAL..ANY IDEAS.I EQUAL SUGAR TO WATER.FOR HOW LONG? ETC.....I WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO MAKE A CORAL SCENE AROUND A WEEDING CAKE I'AM DOING WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE PAINTED CANDY FISH, SEA CREATURES....ANY IDEAS. I PUT THIS QUESTION OUT THERE UNDER DIFFERENT HEADINGS

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/10/2010 8:25 AM EDT
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Julie - when I was a kid grandma used to make  hard candy simply by boiling a large amount of sugar in some water until it reached hard crack stage.  Then a string was suspended in a jar of the "water" and soon hard, clear sugar crystals formed.
I wonder if I can find that "recipe" to know the amounts to use.

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posted at 10/10/2010 9:53 AM EDT
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Julie -- I was heading out the door to church early enough (wow!) to have time to search around a bit.  Look at what I found ....
http://candy.about.com/od/phototutorials/ss/sbs_rock_candy.htm

Hope this can help you.

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/10/2010 2:27 PM EDT
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HI NANCY,
 DID YOU FIND THE RECIPE? CHURCH ALWAYS COME FIRST.I SO AGREE. IF YOU HAVE TIME WOULD YOU PUT UP THE RECIPE? SOUNDS LIKE NICE FUN MEMORIES WITH YOUR GRANDMA..THANKS FOR YOUR HEPL...JULIE

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/10/2010 4:09 PM EDT
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This rock candy recipe is from About.Com:candy ... By , About.com Guide  ..http://candy.about.com/od/phototutorials/ss/sbs_rock_candy.htm .


Rock candy is a simple sugar candy that can double as a science experiment. The process can take up to a week, but it’s fun to watch the sugar crystals growing over time. Note that the exact quantity of sugar syrup you will use depends on the size of the jar you have. If you want to make several pieces of rock candy, use multiple jars and skewers, and double or triple the sugar syrup solution as necessary. For easily printable instructions, please see the rock candy recipe. Begin by assembling your ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2-1 tsp flavoring extract or oil (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • glass jar
  • skewer or thread (see below)

Prepare your materials: wash a glass jar thoroughly with hot water to clean it. To make rock candy on a wooden stick, cut a thin skewer until it is slightly taller than your jar. Use clothespins balanced across the top of the jar to clip it into place. This method is illustrated above. Alternately, you can make your rock candy on a string instead. Cut a length of thick cotton thread or kitchen twine a few inches longer than the height of the jar, and tape it to a pencil. Place the pencil across the lip of the jar, and wind it until the thread is hanging about 1 inch from the bottom of the jar. Attach a paper clip to the bottom of the thread to weigh it and ensure it hangs straight down.

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posted at 10/10/2010 4:17 PM EDT
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My goodness, I talk a lot Embarassed....... I'm certain that is a good recipe for rock candy.  They can call it Sugar Candy but, for me, it's rock candy - lol.
Grandma always made big (quart) jars full of this stuff and used a string for the candy to "grow" on.  She tied a metal washer (yikes) to the string  to secure it inside the bottom of the jar and tied that string to a spoon or fork across the top of the jar.  We patiently watched it "grow" day after day.  I have no memory of how many days.  I just know it was worth the wait.

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/10/2010 7:32 PM EDT
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Hi Julie, try this......

3 c. sugar
2 c. white Karo syrup
2 c. water
1 tsp. anise oil
Red food coloring (desired color)
A lightly coated jelly roll pan

Boil sugar, water and syrup to hard-crack stage. A few minutes before it reaches this stage, add anise oil and food coloring. Pour into prepared pan, let sit until cooled and then break. Makes 1 pound.

I guess you could poor over ice, to get that coral effect your looking for.

good luck,
Kathy H

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/10/2010 8:34 PM EDT
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In Response to ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.:
I WANT TO MAKE THIS THING I SAW ON THE CAKE BOSS. IT USED SUGAR AND WATER, HEATING INTO A THICKER LIQUARD. HE THEN MIXED WITH FOOD COLORING, DUMPING IT OVER ICE TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT LOOKED LIKE CORAL..ANY IDEAS.I EQUAL SUGAR TO WATER.FOR HOW LONG? ETC.....I WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO MAKE A CORAL SCENE AROUND A WEEDING CAKE I'AM DOING WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE PAINTED CANDY FISH, SEA CREATURES....ANY IDEAS. I PUT THIS QUESTION OUT THERE UNDER DIFFERENT HEADINGS
Posted by Julie B


It's called isomalt.  I don't know if there is anything else in there with the sugar and water.

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/11/2010 12:58 AM EDT
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In Response to ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY. : It's called isomalt.  I don't know if there is anything else in there with the sugar and water.
Posted by SUZANNE M

thanks to all of you taking the time to help me out. i will see how they work...

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/13/2010 12:52 PM EDT
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Nancy G - Thanks for that site!  I used to make candy of all types, but have lost most of my recipies (many moves over the years.)  I'm approaching empty nest, and already have grandkids, so will be getting back into candy making soon. Cool

Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.

posted at 10/15/2010 3:28 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGAR CANDY.:
Hi Julie, try this...... 3 c. sugar 2 c. white Karo syrup 2 c. water 1 tsp. anise oil Red food coloring (desired color) A lightly coated jelly roll pan Boil sugar, water and syrup to hard-crack stage. A few minutes before it reaches this stage, add anise oil and food coloring. Pour into prepared pan, let sit until cooled and then break. Makes 1 pound. I guess you could poor over ice, to get that coral effect your looking for. good luck, Kathy H
Posted by Kathy H

Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely try it.

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