sugar crystal suckers
1 cup water
2 ½ cups sugar
Tall narrow glass jar
Short skewers (about 6 inches)
First wet the bamboo skewer and then coat it with sugar. These will be the seed crystals for the growing of the bigger sugar crystals. Let it dry while you make the sugar syrup.
Place the water in the sauce pan. Turn the burner heat to medium.
Add the sugar a little at a time, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved, before adding any more. Then add a little more and keep stirring.
Once all the sugar is gone, it will be boiling, take the pan off the heat. The syrup will be a little thick, but that is what we want, the water is now saturated (as full as it can be of sugar).
Add some food coloring. Use a lot of coloring to have a strong color base
Then add ½ tsp. of oil flavoring. Flavoring with alcohol burns off to quickly and doesn’t leave much flavor behind, you may use it but it won’t have a lot of flavor. Stir until the color and flavor is well blended
Pour the syrup into the bottle. Let it cool to room temperature. This will take an hour or so. If you don’t wait until it is cool, and you put your skewer in, the sugar on it will dissolve, then there are no seeds form crystals and so no crystals will grow
Clip the clothes pin on the end of the skewer and put the sugar covered end into the syrup. Put the bottle with the skewer in a light place where it will not be disturbed. like a window sill.
Wait seven days. You may look at it but don’t disturb it.
7 days later, pull the skewer from the bottle and it will be covered with yummy crystals. Let it dry and it’s done.
(You could put another sugar covered skewer into the jar and wait another week for another crystal covered stick.)