Rock Candy


Rock candy has always been a tradition at Christmas time for my family. It started when my brother and I were little children. My mom always made this hard candy for us. It’s funny now that I think about it  because the flavors aren’t ones that I would associate with children. I think they were flavors of her liking, but they must have grew on us over the years.

I remember always having my baggie of rock candy stashed in my bag as we got around for school. I would sneak out pieces during the school hours to carefully not get caught. Kids would always beg for my rock candy before they even knew what flavors I had. As you can see for yourself, the candies are the colors that kids normally associate with the fruity sort. So, it was always a little treat to myself when I gave out a piece of clove or butter rum to see the look on the kid’s face.

Rock Candy via Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

If you’re wondering what all flavors oil I use, I shall fulfill your curiosity. Purple is anise, blue is clove, green is wintergreen, orange is butter rum, yellow is banana cream, red is cinnamon, and pink which isn’t shown here is tutti frutti. The banana is a new addition because that’s pretty much the only kind the husband will eat. Normally our yellow is tutti frutti. I’m not sure why I always feel the need to follow a specific color code, but I do! I just can’t help it.

Wesley had said to me, why are you making so much; I won’t even eat it. My response to that was, well, I don’t care. It’s the family tradition. I guess that was enough info. for him. He knew better than to question anything else. It’s best to just let me do my thing and delicately slip in a few questions afterwards.

On another note, my LCD screen has died on my laptop so I have this faded, fuzzy, line filled screen that I’m working with until we buy a new part for it. Boo!

Rock Candy
Prep time
Cook time
Serves: about 1 lb. of candy
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp. or 1 fl. dram of LorAnn's flavored oil
  • food coloring
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Spray cooking spray on a baking sheet. I used a 12 inch round pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, add in the first 3 ingredients. Over medium heat, stir until combined and let it cook to 300 degrees. I would highly recommend using a candy thermometer for this. 300 degrees is the hard crack stage. My mom always filled a measuring cup with ice cold water and dropped a teaspoon of the candy into the water. If the set immediately and was crunchy, it was ready.
  3. After the sugar mixture has reached 300 degrees, remove from the heat. Add in a few drops of food coloring and the flavored oil. Stir vigorously.
  4. Quickly pour the hot sugar mixture onto the greased cookie sheet. Let it cool for 20-30 minutes. I like to sit mine out in the sun room to cool quicker.
  5. Tap on the cookie sheet to release the sheet of candy. Dust both sides of the candy with powdered sugar. Bust the sheet into small pieces and place into an airtight container.
This recipe was adapted from Fun Stuff To Do.

Rock Candy via Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Rock Candy via Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Rock Candy via Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt


    • Miranda says

      Thank you! Walmart sells the fruity ones (cherry, watermelon, grape, etc). I’ve always found my spiced ones (buttered rum, clove, wintergreen, etc) at the local drugstore near my moms. I know Amazon sells them. Look under Lorann’s oils. I hope this helps!

      • Anne Graham says

        I looked up the oils you mentioned on Amazon but there are several types. I’m not sure which ones to get! Help!

        • Miranda says

          What types of flavors are you into? I like the spiced flavors so I tend to use flavors like clove, wintergreen, butter rum, and cinnamon. I always use the brand LorAnn Oils. If you like fruity flavors, they make those too.

  1. Megan Postlethwaite says

    Would you be able to leave out the flavors for a plan sugar taste. Or does it need something for taste?

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