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Kool-Aid Rock Candy


Kool-Aid Rock CandySo last winter, my son, like many chose to make rock candy for his science experiment for the science fair.

We had so much fun!

In a weird chain of events, I decided to use Kool-aid to flavor and color the rock candy.

Best idea ever!  It was the most sumptuous rock candy I have ever had.

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Rock candy is EXTREMELY easy to make, it just requires a lot of patience.

To get started, you will need:

  • 3 pkg Kool-Aid
  • 12-18 cups of sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • any color professional decorating food coloring
  • a large pot
  • a funnel
  • 8-12 bottles or glasses
  • 8-12 clothespins
  • 8-12 wooden sucker sticks

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Once you have gathered your supplies and ingredients,

wet down the end of the sucker sticks & roll them in sugar to coat.

This gives the dissolved sugar something to adhere to.

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Use the clothespins to position the sticks where you would like them.  They will hold them in place.

You can buy Old Fashioned Candy Sticks from Etsy.

I bought the bottles from Specialty Bottle for an awesome price.

Make sure that the bottles are clean, very clean and free of residue.

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Over the stove, pour the water into the pot.  Add a cup of sugar.  Stirring constantly.

Keep adding sugar until you are at a 2:1-3:1 ratio of sugar & water.

You ALWAYS want to make sure you have enough sugar.

Just keep adding sugar until the water can’t take anymore.  What I mean is, it will develop a white cloudy surface to it.

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After you remove the mixture from the stove, you can add the Kool-Aid.  You will need 3 packages of Kool-Aid.

We chose 3 different flavors.

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You can also add food coloring to make them prettier.

The Kool-Aid does actually flavor AND color the candy but especially with the pink,

the color can fade quite a bit by the time the candy is done.

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Use the funnel to carefully pour the mixture evenly into bottles.

Then very carefully place the sugar-coated sticks back into the bottles.

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Place them on a windowsill with lots of light.  Don’t let them get to cold because it will take longer, if it works at all…

Let them rest for 7 days and gradually watch them grow.

It really is so exciting to watch!

and it is very easy-peezy :)

Now go try this with your kids!


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