How to Make Sugar Candy

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8-10-2016, 01:55
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Sugar is the base of most candy, but there are a few types that highlight the beauty of its texture and the delicious simplicity of its taste. Make sugar candy to celebrate a holiday, a birthday, or to have a special treat on hand for whenever you're in the mood. Read on to find out how to make three classic types of sugar candy: lollipops, rock candy, and butterscotch candy.

Making Lollipops

  1. Prepare your lollipop molds. Spray them with nonstick cooking spray so you'll be able to remove the finished lollipops without them cracking. Put the lollipop sticks in the molds.
    • This recipe works with any type of hard candy molds. You can use drop molds, start or heart-shaped molds, or any other mold you like.
    • Be sure to use candy molds, and not other types of food molds, since candy molds are designed to prevent the candy from sticking.
  2. Add the ingredients in a saucepan. Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan. Put the saucepan on the stove over medium high heat.
  3. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Scrape down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush to keep it from sticking.
  4. Bring the mixture to a full boil. Stop stirring and check the temperature with a candy thermometer. Let the mixture keep boiling until it reaches 295 °F (146 °C), then immediately remove it from heat.
    • It's important to remove the sugar mixture from heat at this exact temperature. Use a candy thermometer, and not a meat thermometer, to be sure your measurements are exact.
  5. Stir in the extract and food coloring.
  6. Spoon the candy mixture into the lollipop molds.
  7. Let the lollipops harden before popping them out.

Making Rock Candy

  1. Mix the sugar and water in a large jar.
  2. Stir the mixture well.
  3. Add the food coloring and flavor. Rock candy takes on a beautiful hue that is accentuated by it's natural rock shape. Pick a color and flavor that complement each other. You can try one of these classic combinations or come up with your own:
    • Purple rock candy with lavender flavoring.
    • Orange rock candy with tangerine flavoring.
    • Pink rock candy with rose flavoring.
    • Red rock candy with cinnamon flavoring.
  4. Suspend the wooden skewers in the solution. Place them evenly around the jar and lean them against the lip of the jar. Secure them in place with small pieces of tape, so they don't slide against each other while the rock candy forms.
    • You can use wooden chopsticks in place of skewers.
    • A string suspended from a pencil is also a good base for rock candy.
    • Cover the jar with plastic wrap. This prevents dust and bugs from getting into the jar while the rock crystals form.
  5. Wait for the sugar to form into rocks. It takes a week or two for the sugar to crystallize into the shape of pretty rocks attached to the skewers.
  6. Dry the rock candy. When you're happy with the size of the rocks, remove the skewers from the jar and lay them out to dry.

Making Butterscotch Candy

  1. Butter a 15 x 10 x 1 pan. If you don't have one exactly this size, find another wide, shallow pan.
  2. Combine the sugar, water and corn syrup in a pan. Place it on the stove over medium high heat, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stop stirring and let it reach 270 degrees, making sure to check with your candy thermometer for the exact temperature. Remove it from heat.
  4. Add the butter, honey, salt and rum extract.
  5. Stir the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees.
  6. Remove the mixture from heat.
  7. Pour it into the buttered pan.
  8. Cool the candy for 5 minutes.
  9. Score the candy with a knife. Use the knife to make diagonal score marks across the candy or make it as big as you want, so it'll be easier to break apart.
  10. Cool the candy completely.
  11. Break the candy along the score marks.



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of flavored extract, such as vanilla, rose, cinnamon, or orange
  • 5 drops of food coloring

Rock Candy

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of flavored extract, such as peppermint or lemon
  • 5 drops of food coloring
  • 1 glass jar
  • Wooden skewers

Butterscotch Candy

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter, softened and cubed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract


  • Wrap the sugar candy in foil or plastic wrap when storing leftovers.
  • When cooling the candy, wait for it to harden naturally when you place it in the freezer or refrigerator.
  • Even after hardening, hard candy for lollipops tend to be really sticky and can cling on to your teeth. Using less corn syrup may help to fix this.


  • Sugar candy reaches very high temperatures; be very careful when handling!

Things You'll Need


  • Lollipop molds
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Candy thermometer

Rock Candy

  • Large jar
  • Wooden skewers

Butterscotch Candy

  • Wide, shallow pan
  • Candy thermometer
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