Thursday, February 3, 2011

rock candy

my kitchen has been looking like a science lab lately
not because 
it is pristinely clean
clutterless counter tops
nerdies wandering around
but because
i have been making
rock candy
several attempts
i might add

it all started out innocently enough
but then
i got sassy

like i am debeers or something

i thought it would be
fun and cheeky
to make
rock candy jewels
for a
big night out

i settled on 
 drop earrings
simple, right?

here is the rub
the fun flew faster 
than a spy plane
out this nerdies door
obsessive took its place

in the end
i got the perfect pair
i'm not sure
if i should
 wear or eat 
rock candy
(printable recipe)
2 cups water
4 cups sugar
food coloring (optional)
up to 1 tsp flavoring (optional)
baker's twine 
granulated sugar
cut the baker's twine to desired length. tie the twine off to a wooden skewer or pencil.  this will allow you to suspend it in the syrup. Dip the twine in water, then roll in a bit of granulated sugar to coat.  allow to dry while you make the syrup.
bring water and 1 cup of sugar to a simmer in a saucepan.  while the water is still simmering, add sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring and ensuring the sugar has completely dissolved before adding the next cup.  once all sugar is incorporated, remove from heat and add coloring and flavoring.  allow the syrup to cool slightly, then pour into a clean and sterilized glass jar or tall glass.  you will need a separate glass for each rock candy you want to make.
suspend the twine in the syrup being careful that it does not touch the bottom or sides of glass.  crystals should begin to form in about 4 hours.  if there is no activity within 24 hours remove the twine, pour the syrup back into a pot and heat to a simmer.  return to the clean and sterilized jar and start again.  if you see excessive crystallization on the sides of the jar or glass, remove the twine and perform the above steps, otherwise you will have a glass full of hard sugar crystals.  
check your twine daily. when you have the rock candy of your desire, remove from the syrup and allow to hang dry for a few hours.


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