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Rock Candy

2 cups water
5 cups sugar
Food coloring (optional)

Stretch a clean string across a pie pan so that it is suspended
across the top - do not let it touch the bottom of the pan. You
can also pour the liquid into a jar. Punch a bamboo skewer through
a plastic coffee-can lid.

Lay the lid over the jar so the skewer hangs down the middle of
the liquid. Do not let the skewer touch the bottom of the jar.
Dissolve the sugar in the water and cook until it reaches 250
degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer. You can add a
few drops of food coloring if you want colored candy. Do not stir
once sugar has dissolved. Pour the hot liquid into the pan. The
string should be 3/4 inch under the surface of the sugar water.
Cover the pan with foil and let sit for a week. After seven days
lift out the string or stick and it will be covered with sugar
crystal (rock candy)

Note: Dissolving sugar can be extremely hot, children should be
closely supervised by an adult.


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