Makes 6-8 gemlike snacks
Sticks or candy canes
1 ½ cups water
4 cups sugar
1-2 drops food coloring
1-2 teaspoons extract, optional
2 16-ounce Ball canning jar
Dip sticks halfway in water, roll sugar, and set aside.
In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to boil to dissolve sugar. Cool completely.
Color and flavor the sugar water in as many ways as you please and pour into clean 16 ounce Ball canning jar, filling about ⅔ of the way full. Suspend the sugar sticks in the sugar liquid one inch from the bottom of the glass.
Cover with a paper towel or a loose piece of plastic and leave in a space out of the way, unfettered for 5-10 days. Your sugar crystals will form, grow in size and climb up your stocks over multiple days, be patient! Once your rock candy has achieved your ideal size/shape, use a small teaspoon to crack them from the crystallized surface of the glasses and harvest them.
Store in a Ball canning jar with the lid sealed or share immediately!