While we were in Florida last week, I was looking for projects for the blog. My Mom decided that, if we could make it work, she would like some sugar stir sticks for tea or coffee. You’ve seen them; decorative sticks with large granules of sugar on them that you can just dip into your tea and stir.
After a bit of searching and two failed attempts, we did manage to come up with a version of these sugar stir sticks / rock candy that is easy to do.
Sugar Stir Sticks / Rock Candy
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- popsicle sticks or stir sticks
- clothes pins
- food colouring and/or kool-aid (if making rock candy)
Put your water and sugar together in a medium sized saucepan and heat until boiling – stirring constantly.
The liquid will look cloudy right up until the boiling point at which time it will clear. Once the mixture is at a full boil, continue stirring for one minute.
Remove from heat.
In small drinking glasses add a few drops of food colouring (if you wish), or if you want flavoured rock candy, add a ¼ tsp of Kool-Aid powder. If making tea/coffee sugar stir sticks, skip this step.
Pour your hot sugar mixture into the glasses and stir until combined.
Dip your stir sticks/popsicle sticks into the mixture and then dip in dry granulated sugar. This forms the basis of your rock candy and all the other sugar crystals will be attracted to it.
After your hot sugar has cooled in the glasses for about 20 minutes, place your popsicle sticks inside – making sure that the stick doesn’t touch the side or bottom. You can do this by clamping your sugar stir sticks in a clothes pin, or suspending with pipe cleaners. Papa was kind enough to put a small hole in the top of our sticks so that we could thread shish kebab skewers through them.
Leave the sticks over night.
Next day: remove the popsicle sticks from the liquid and let them drip onto a plate or paper towel to get excess liquid off. Once dry, your sugar stir sticks / rock candy will look like this.
If you didn’t use food colouring/Kool-Aid – your sticks will be white/clear.
If you used food colouring, your sugar stir sticks will taste like rock sugar with no flavour.
If you used Kool-Aid, your sticks will end up tasting like the flavours you chose – super sweet versions.
You can make a brown sugar version of this as well and it should turn out like these:
A nice touch if you are having guests over for coffee, or a sweet treat for the kids.
I can see this evolving… now I want to learn how to make actual suckers! That post to come – IF I can make it work. lol
Have a great one!