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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I hope to see you again soon!

xo,

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39 Comments

  1. Eva

    August 28, 2013

    Wow Amber! you go girl! Such a fun activity to do with kids! loving all the colors! the crystal like texture is so cool! Will try once i am able to have candy again ;) haha dentist orders, no candy yet!

    xoxo
    Eva

  2. amber

    August 30, 2013

    Thanks Eva! I understand…listen to your dentist, he knows best ;) Hope you are having a great time at your Mum’s!
    xo,
    amber

  3. CHERYL

    September 12, 2013

    WHAT SIZE JARS DID YOU USE? i WANT TO ORDER SOME….

  4. amber

    September 12, 2013

    Hi Cheryl,
    The bottles I used are from the Specialty Bottle Company. Here is the link:
    http://www.specialtybottle.com/clearfrenchsquareglassbottle8ozwcap.aspx

    The type & size I used are the Clear French Squares FSQ8.

    I hope that helps, thanks for visiting Snippets!
    xo,
    amber

  5. Debbie

    September 26, 2013

    You used 3 different flavors of Kool Aid did you divide your sugar mixture in thirds the recipe is not very clear. I understand that you take hot sugar off the stove and divide and than add the Koolaid is that correct

  6. amber

    October 7, 2013

    Yes, that is correct and I honestly just divided the Kool-aid evenly. It doesn’t have to be exact honestly. The more flavor the better. Good Luck! Let me know if you have any more questions!
    xo,
    amber

  7. paintandpaws

    October 14, 2013

    What a fun project! I’ve been dying to try this!

  8. Steph

    January 28, 2014

    Hi There!
    Thank you so much for this recipe, I can’t wait to make it with my daughter :-) I like the idea of using KoolAid because I remember making rock candy as a kid and thought it just tasted like sugar. At the time I certainly wasn’t complaining! This is such a great idea. I was wondering if there is a certain temperature you are supposed to get the sugar and water to before taking it off the stove?
    Thanks so much!!

  9. Nicole

    February 12, 2014

    Hi there! Great recipe :) I was wanting to do this with my Girl Scouts. I was wondering, what temp should your sugar mixture be, medium or higher? I know it is easy to burn sugar to your pan if cooked to high. Or just kind of eyeball it? Thanks!

  10. Jess

    February 16, 2014

    Hi there having issues with my rock candy the whole jar of mix has turned jerky cloudy and little crystals are appearing in the liquid not on the stick please heaps me out need the crystals for a wedding cake

  11. amber

    February 16, 2014

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! :)

  12. amber

    February 16, 2014

    I remember thinking the same thing…:)

    It doesn’t really need to reach a certain temperature. Just heat it to a slight simmer. so nice, couldn’t be easier.

    Thanks for the great questions Steph! I completely forgot to include that in the instructions…

  13. amber

    February 16, 2014

    Hi Nicole.
    Medium is probably good. the mixture doesn’t really need to boil or reach a certain temperature, it just needs to barely reach a simmer. I would definitely stir it however…you are right about the burning. Thanks Nicole & good luck!

  14. amber

    February 16, 2014

    Hi Jess :)
    It does turn a little cloudy and some crystals do appear other places…that is normal but if it isn’t collecting on the stick at all it means there wasn’t enough sugar crystals on the stick after rolling them in sugar at the beginning.

    It should be okay but if it isn’t on the sticks at all, you may need to start over. I’m so sorry hun…

    Let me know if you have any more questions.
    Good Luck!
    Amber

  15. Laura

    May 20, 2014

    I’m making these for my daughters birthday party and I was wondering, do you add the kool-aid to the sugar water before the bottles? Or do you add the kool-aid into the bottles and then add the sugar water? Thanks!

  16. amber

    May 20, 2014

    Hi Laura!
    I actually added the sugar water to the bottles first, then the Kool-Aid. You could probably switch it up without much issues…You may want to add a little food coloring as well depending on how much color you would like and what kind of Kool-Aid you use. Good luck!
    xo,
    Amber

  17. Samantha Mix

    July 1, 2014

    You don’t mention using any heat. In which case, can’t you just dissolve the sugar by using a mixer on low? Seems like it would save a lot of time and arm fatigue.

  18. Desiree

    September 21, 2014

    Just did this today with my daughter. We made lemonade, peach mango, and watermelon. Cannot wait to see and taste them in 7 days!

  19. amber

    November 21, 2014

    Hi Samantha! I’m sorry but you have to cook the sugar in….I wish we didn’t have to…;)

  20. Ami

    December 23, 2014

    We just tried this and I noticed that there is no sugar left on the sticks! It dissolved or fell off. Should this have happened?

  21. amber

    December 23, 2014

    Hi Ami!
    Do you mean the sugar you rolled onto the sticks? It will dissolve & you won’t be able to see it anymore…if you leave them alone & everything else went well, it should work over the coarse of the next week. Good Luck!
    xo,
    amber

  22. Mena

    March 1, 2015

    Hello!

    I would love to make these for a baby shower, and I want to purchase the sticks. When I click on your site to buy them, the page says not found. Is there a place I can buy them? I’ve searched many places and failed. Thanks!

  23. amber

    March 1, 2015

    Hi Mena, thank you so much for telling me about this. I switched my store up & some of my links changed, I’m so sorry. I fixed the link in the post so it should work correctly now. If you would like to order, it should work now. thank you! Let me know if you have any more questions.

    Here is the link just in case:
    http://snippetsofdesignforyou.com/store/products/wooden-rock-candy-sticks/

    xo,
    Amber

  24. Annette

    March 5, 2015

    Just wondering what I did wrong. Mine turned out sooooo thick. Can I just add more water and warm it up and stir? I hate to throw all of this out. Ugh!
    Thanks!

  25. amber

    March 6, 2015

    Hi Annette, it is supposed to be thick. The water gets really congested with the sugar, so congested it can’t hold anymore and when the water evaporates, the sugar sticks to the sugar on the wooden stick. It sounds like you did it right so I probably wouldn’t start over. I don’t think you can redo it. maybe but usually, the thicker the better. I hope that helps…
    xo,
    Amber

  26. Annette

    March 9, 2015

    Hi Amber!

    I had to end up throwing it away because it didn’t stick to the skewers. Ugh! I’m trying it again as I write this, so hopefully it will work this time. While I’m waiting for it to cool, it is getting a thin hard coat on top. Should it be doing this? I’m wondering if I am cooking it too long or hard. What do you think? Thanks so much for your help Amber.
    xo

  27. Slee

    March 16, 2015

    which size bottles did you use for yours? they turned out well, but i’d hate to rush off and order something too small simply because I lack the skill of judging size. I have a ton of mason jars lying around, but sonling wants to do this for a project fair, and lovely pictures do make for a better project, right?

  28. yesenia

    March 17, 2015

    I am also wanting to know which jars and size you used from that link you shared, I only made 4 to test out, but I used glass cups which hold a lot of liquid 16oz approx and im sure I am wasting lots of liquid.

  29. amber

    March 17, 2015

    I used the 8oz. square french bottles from specialty bottle. Here is the link:
    http://www.specialtybottle.com/clearfrenchsquareglassbottle8ozwcap.aspx
    Mason Jars would work great as well, especially if they matched because, I do agree, lovely pictures do seem to matter.
    Good Luck!
    Amber

  30. amber

    March 17, 2015

    Oh no! I’m so sorry…
    The hard surface is normal. It means it’s working and the sugar is separating from the water. It means the water can’t take on any more sugar which is the point that you need to get it to. You don’t need to cook it to long though, you just need the sugar to dissolve, then you quickly put it into the bottles.
    Good Luck!
    Amber

  31. amber

    March 17, 2015

    The size of the bottles I used was 8oz. SO yes, 16oz. is a little big, I’m sorry!
    Good Luck!
    Amber

  32. yesenia

    March 18, 2015

    Thanks Amber

    Do you know if it’s better to keep them in one place, my house is small and literally every surface is used, so I may have to move the cups from time to time. Also when it comes to color do they turn out pretty close to the color of the liquid? I’m trying to get certain colors.

  33. Sharon potter

    March 20, 2015

    I followed the directions, didn’t use koolaid just food coloring and the whole jar turned solid. what did I do wrong.

  34. Amber

    July 1, 2015

    oh no, I think it was cooked to long…you just have to heat to help dissolve the sugar it doesn’t need to boil.
    I’m sorry,
    Amber

  35. Amber

    July 1, 2015

    It’s okay to move them if you are careful. Honestly, if you really want a certain color, I would use food coloring too because they do fade a little, especially if you set them in the sun.
    Good luck!
    xo,
    Amber

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