how to make flavored rock candy

Step by Step Instructions for Homemade Rock Candy

Need to burn some time with the kids and have a fun experience? Welcome to the world of making rock candy that tastes great and your kids will love. 

There is actually quite a few scientific facts that you can teach about rock candy that can turn the experience into a science experiment. Especially since you can play around with coloring and flavoring combinations. step by step guide homemade rock candy

A game I like to play is to use a flavor that is incongruent to the color and have people guess the flavor. Usually when people see a color that doesn't match the flavor that they're tasting, it causes a lot of confusion and wild guessing. 

Hard Candy Facts

Fun fact: Glass candy is considered an amorphous structure which means that it has an irregular structure and no pattern. By contrast, a crystal does have structure and a pattern. 

Gummies and marshmallows are produced similarly. In the case of gummies, gelatin is added to the sugar syrup to give it a rubbery consistency. Marshmallows also contain gelatin, but air is whipped into the mixture to expand it into a foam—a mixture composed of gas bubbles dispersed in a liquid. 

rock candy flavoring oil

Rock Candy Basics

There are a ton of sugar candies out there but homemade rock candy tends to be the simplest to make, although it does require a bit of patience. All you need is sugar, water, food coloring, and concentrated flavoring oils. 



  • Candy Mold
  • Pam
  • Medium Sized Sauce Pan
  • Spatula

Step by Step Instructions for Homemade Rock Candy

  1. Gather ingredients above
  2. Spray Pam onto the Candy Mold. This lubrication enables the rock candy to cure in the mold without sticking.
  3. Pour the 2 cups of water into a medium sized pan
  4. Bring water to a boil
  5. Begin adding the sugar a cup at a time and most importantly stir after pouring until the sugar dissolves. 
  6. Once all the sugar has been added and dissolved, remove the pan from the heat. 
  7. Add 2 to 3 drops food coloring and stir to make sure that the coloring distributes evenly. 
  8. Add 10-15 drops of dolce foglia flavoring oils and make sure to keep a bit of distance from the pan as the scent can intensify as it rises from the steam. 
  9. Allow the sugar syrup to cool for 20 to 30 minutes. 
  10. Pour the colored and flavored syrup onto the candy mold and use the spatula to spread it out. 
  11. Thereafter, place the filled candy mold in a cool place that it can be undisturbed.
  12. After 2-4 hours the sugar crystals should form. Once the candy has reached the desired size, break the top layer of the crystal up with a form before removing the candy from the mold. 
  13. Remove the candy from the molds and allow it to dry for 1 to 2 hours
  14. Now put on a movie and enjoy your candy !!
Hard Candy Flavoring Oils

What are the best rock candy flavors?

The beauty of creating candy from scratch is that you can literally experiment with varying flavors and flavor mixtures. 

My favorite is a mixture of blueberry and raspberry to get a nice blueraspberry flavor that I'll mix with the color blue. Runner up is watermelon & passionfruit - super fun and summery.

Other flavors that I've experimented with are banana, peppermint, cherry, pineapple, mango and strawberry. They are all so yummy too. 


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