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Gluten Free Friday – Rock Candy March 30, 2012

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 11:26 am
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Happy Friday Everyone!!

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Just because you have to eat Gluten Free does not mean you can’t have a sweet treat now and again.  Rock candy certainly fits the bill!  Skylar and I decided to make our own one day, and we had a great time watching our efforts grow into a yummy crystal candy.  This project requires some advanced planning, as the candy will take about a week to grow.  Check it out…

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(Remember, if you children are helping here, make sure they are aware that this is very very hot, and to be careful not to splash when mixing)

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You will need to start by making a sugar solution.  Boil half a pot of water and slowly mix in sugar until it is fully saturated and the sugar will not dissolve.  You will have a clear liquid that is the consistency of thin syrup. (Beware:  This is going to use a lot of sugar {shutter})

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Drop a few drips of food coloring into a glass jar, then pour the sugar solution into it.  Be VERY careful!!  I used a funnel to make sure I didn’t accidentally pour hot sugar all over the place.

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Then, we dipped bamboo skewers (with the sharp tip cut off) into the liquid, and rolled it in granulated sugar.  This is important as it will get the rock candy started.  Gently place the skewer into the liquid.  Be careful not to shake it too much, or the sugar will fall off the stick.   Then we used large clips to keep the stick set up.  Make sure the stick is not near the bottom of the jar (give it about inch or two), or it will eventually become attached when the crystals start growing, and you will not be able to get it out.

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Set the jar aside and wait.  For about a week.

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Day 1

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Day 3

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Day 7

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Finally ready!  Use a knife to help break up the layer of crystal that has formed at the top of the jar.  Be very careful not to hit the stick, or you will break up the rock candy.  If everything goes as planned, you will be able to pull the stick out easily.  About half of mine were stuck to the bottom, and I couldn’t remove them without breaking them.  Glad we made so many!!)

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Set them aside to dry a bit.  Then they can either be eaten right away, or wrapped up for gifts.

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We had a lot of fun making these, and watching them grow.  They were pretty darn tasty too!

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Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Lizz

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