How to Make Sugar Crystals on a Stick

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Introduction: How to Make Sugar Crystals on a Stick

You would think that this is easy, and it is, if you don’t overcook it. I have a tendency to want to create suckers (you should see my extensive sucker mold collection), instead of sugar crystals.  So here is how I finally was able to come up with sugar crystals on a stick.  This is way fun and a way to learn patience, especially for the young people who are learning how to make their own sugar crystals.  So here we go to make Sugar Crystals on a stick.

Step 1:

Supplies:
1 cup water
2 ½ cups sugar
Food coloring
Flavor oil ($2 a bottle)
Sauce pan
Tall narrow glass jar (mine used to have hot pickles veggies in it)
Clothes pin
Short skewers (about 6 inches)
Rubber scraper

Step 2:

First wet the bamboo skewer and then coat it with sugar.  These will be the seed crystals for the growing of the bigger sugar crystals.  Let it dry while you make the sugar syrup.

Step 3:

Place the water in the sauce pan.  Turn the burner heat to medium.

Step 4:

Add the sugar a little at a time, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved, before adding any more. Then add a little more and keep stirring.   

Step 5:

Once all the sugar is gone, it will be boililng, take the pan off the heat.  The syrup will be a little thick, but that is what we want, the water is now saturated (as full as it can be of sugar).

Step 6:

Add some food coloring.  I used the cake decorating paste I have from past projects.  If you need to use regular food coloring, add a lot, like 40 drops to make good color in the crystals.
Then add ½ tsp. of oil flavoring.  Flavoring with alcohol burns off to quickly and doesn’t leave much flavor behind, you may use it but it won’t have a lot of flavor.  Stir until the color and flavor is well blended.

Step 7:

Pour the syrup into the bottle.  Let it cool to room temperature. This will take an hour or so. If you don’t wait until it is cool, and you put your skewer in, the sugar on it will dissolve, then there are no seeds form crystals and so no crystals will grow (been there done that).
Clip the clothes pin on the end of the skewer and put the sugar covered end into the syrup.  Put the bottle with the skewer in a light place where it will not be disturbed.  I put mine on a window sill.  Wait on whole week, seven days, or 168 hours.  You may look at it but don’t disturb it.  During the week some of the water will evaporate.  This process keep the syrup saturated and so will help in the creating of the large sugar crystals on the stick.

Step 8:

7 days later, pull the skewer from the bottle and it will be covered with yummy crystals.  Let it dry and it’s done.  You could put another sugar covered skewer into the jar and wait another week for another crystal covered stick.  Or maybe I should of put 2 sticks in at the same time.  Cool.  My 12 year old grandson asked, “Is it eatable?”  I gave him the left over crystals that formed in a cup without a stick.  He liked it.  Enjoy!

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If you want your sugar crystals to have color and flavor, then you will add food coloring and oil flavoring. If you don't, then move on to step 7. Good luck. Thanks for your comment.

How did putting two sticks in at the same time turn out? Also, did the length of the crystal formation depend on how deeply you emersed it in the solution or did it depend on how much of the skewer you covered with the sugar "seeds"?

If they are far enough apart you get two separate sticks. Mine weren't far enough apart so it turned into a large crystal cluster with 2 sticks, sticking out of it. Didn't stop my kids from eating it. How much of the stick is in the solution has a lot to do with how many crystals of size are formed, although if you don't have seed crystals you won't grow crystals. So they both are important to the process. Thanks for asking.

When I put the stick in, the sugar always fell off

Did you let the seed crystals dry before adding to the syrup? Did you use a plastic stick instead of a wood stick? I don't know what to tell you. I have never had that problem. You could try hanging a seeded thick cotton string in the syrup from a pencil with a weight on the end. Usually the wood is just rough enough to get the crystals to cling to it. The same with the cotton string. Keep trying. Thanks for asking.

Lol, befor i read this, i had just blended a tun of sugar into tap water, poured into glass, stuck in "the stick" + 1 overnight... It was terrible
But yea this method works great

awsome i did suger crystals on a stick!