Rose-Flavored Rock Candy

So pretty! make your own rose-flavored rock candy (click through for tutorial) If you’ve ever had rock candy before, you know that most of the wow factor is in how pretty it looks rather than the flavor. And to be perfectly honest, I think we’re all OK with that. However, I thought it would be cool to make a version of the candy that felt a little more sophisticated than your usual blue raspberry flavored kid’s treat. Not only can you make this candy at home, but the rose flavoring and the gold flaked accents make this perfect for a pretty wedding or baby shower type of occasion. Ready to get started?

So pretty! make your own rose-flavored rock candy (click through for tutorial) Rose-Flavored Rock Candy
Adapted from Hard Candy Recipe

3 3/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup water
food coloring (I used pink gel food coloring)
1/2 teaspoon rose extract (use 1/4 teaspoon if you only want a hint of rose)
gold sprinkles (optional)

Cover a cookie sheet (one with sides) with foil and lightly oil the foil so the candy will remove easier. Combine your water, sugar and corn syrup in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir to combine. Place the saucepan over medium heat and warm until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.

So pretty! make your own rose-flavored rock candy (click through for tutorial) Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture up to a boil and place a candy thermometer into the pot. Do not stir the liquid during this stage. Watch the pot in the first few minutes and adjust the temperature to find an even boiling point (too high will make it start to spill over the top). Let the mixture boil until the temperature reaches 300° F (it could take 20-30 minutes depending on your pot and type of stove).

Have your extract and food coloring ready because as soon as it reaches 300°, you’ll want to take it off the stove and quickly stir in your extract and food coloring. The mixture will hiss a bit at you when you pour them in, but just stir quickly until combined. 

So pretty! make your own rose-flavored rock candy (click through for tutorial) Pour the mixture into your foil-lined pan, and let it spread evenly across. Keep some potholders underneath as the candy will make the pan really hot.

I would also suggest having some boiling water ready to pour into your pot and dip your utensils in once the candy is poured. Really hot water is the best way to get all that sugar mixture off your cookware and thermometer.

So pretty! make your own rose-flavored rock candy (click through for tutorial) If you want to add any sprinkles on top of your candy, wait 7-10 minutes until it’s cooled down a bit, sprinkle them across the top, and then lightly push them into the candy with the back of a spoon.

So pretty! make your own rose-flavored rock candy (click through for tutorial) Let the candy cool for about 45 minutes. Then use a hammer to break your candy into whatever size pieces you want (either wash the hammer first or put wax paper on top of the candy before hitting). Now your fancy candy is ready to eat!

So pretty! make your own rose-flavored rock candy (click through for tutorial) You can break them into much smaller pieces if you like, but I thought the bigger chunks were so beautiful. I also kept thinking how pretty it would be to use pieces to accent the top of cupcakes or a cake. If you aren’t a big fan of rose flavor, just substitute a different flavored clear extract.

If you’re wondering how to eat this candy, it’s obviously not something that you just swallow whole. You can either break off a piece and suck on it like any other hard candy, or you can crunch on it like you would with a piece of peanut brittle. The rose flavor is unexpected for a candy and I really like how it elevates the treat a bit. I would definitely reserve this candy for adults rather than a kids’ party because of the shape, but it would be really pretty in little bags as a favor for guests. Hope you decide to make some for your next event! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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Rose-Flavored Rock Candy

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring I used pink gel food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose extract use 1/4 teaspoon if you only want a hint of rose
  • gold sprinkles optional

Instructions

  1. Cover a cookie sheet (one with sides) with foil and lightly oil the foil so the candy will remove easier. Combine your water, sugar and corn syrup in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir to combine. Place the saucepan over medium heat and warm until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture up to a boil and place a candy thermometer into the pot. Do not stir the liquid during this stage. Watch the pot in the first few minutes and adjust the temperature to find an even boiling point (too high will make it start to spill over the top). Let the mixture boil until the temperature reaches 300° F (it could take 20-30 minutes depending on your pot and type of stove).
  3. Have your extract and food coloring ready because as soon as it reaches 300°, you'll want to take it off the stove and quickly stir in your extract and food coloring. The mixture will hiss a bit at you when you pour them in, but just stir quickly until combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into your foil-lined pan, and let it spread evenly across. Keep some potholders underneath as the candy will make the pan really hot.
  5. I would also suggest having some boiling water ready to pour into your pot and dip your utensils in once the candy is poured. Really hot water is the best way to get all that sugar mixture off your cookware and thermometer.
  6. If you want to add any sprinkles on top of your candy sprinkle them over the top.
  7. Let the candy cool for about 45 minutes. Then use a hammer to break your candy into whatever size pieces you want (either wash the hammer first or put wax paper on top of the candy before hitting). Now your fancy candy is ready to eat!
 
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  • Is there any alternative to corn syrup? We don’t have it in Germany…

  • I absolutely love this idea. I think the kids would love to have rose flavored rock candy with little gold stars in it. How fun!
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  • That looks amazing and magical! I don’t have the patience to cook. Rose flavour is the best 🙂

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  • That looks absolutely wonderful! I love the stars too, it gives a more special, glammy feel to it. I can’t imagine what it tastes like- I certainly need to have a crack at making this some time soon!

  • So nice. I think they are perfect to decorate sweet dishes!
    xoxo

  • The gold stars are seriously adorable! This rock candy would be a great addition to a bridal shower or baby shower. Pretty and unique!

  • Omg this looks sooo pretty!! 😮 I’m definitely doing this
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Xoxo Jessy

  • This sounds so delicious! It looks really great too – so interesting!

  • Yum! I love rock candy, and this looks amazing!

    Paige
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  • This literally doesn’t even look like it’s edible it’s so pretty! Who would’ve thoughts rose + candy would be so amazing 🙂

    xx, mel
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  • This looks so pretty! I could see this at a wedding or bridal shower!

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  • Ooo, now this is a fantastic treat!

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  • This is so pretty! I love this idea. I’ve made Breaking Bad candy before, but I never thought it could look this fancy! I can’t wait to try it!

    Laura
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  • I’m interested to see how the rose extract tastes. I love rock candy!

    Grace, Faith, & Glitter

  • These are sooo gorgeous and perfect! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but wouldn’t mind making these to give out as gifts.

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  • uh yum! love the color as well and those tiny stars…perfect! my son would love this project..think we’ll do it over the weekend! thanks for sharing this. pinning now. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

  • These are delightful. My mom would always pair rock candy with tea. This is a fun spin on an old tradition. :]

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  • That’s so true! It’s more about the way it looks than the way it takes. I like the sprinkles!

    -M
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  • I love seeing rose used as a flavor in sweets! It’s always so interesting and such a delicate flavor!

    Casey
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  • This is such a fun idea! I love the fact that this rock candy is rose flavored and the gold sprinkles make it look so pretty.

    -Helen
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  • Ah, rose flavored anything gets an approval from me (typical persian)

  • So pretty! Great idea to make it rose flavored, and the gold flecks totally make it.
    xx Lane

  • I never knew candy could look so good! I mean, to be fair it already looked (very) good, but this is so pretty! Perfect as a gift 🙂

  • Sending this to a friend who’s planning a bridal shower stat! This is SO cute!

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  • An easy way to get burnt sugar of your pans is to put a little bit of dish soap into the bottom and add some water. Heat on the stove for a few minutes and then wash right off in the sink.

  • This looks perfect for my friends bridal shower. Her colors are light pink and gold, so this would be amazing!!

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  • This rose flavoured rock candy is so pretty. I want to decorate ice cream, cupcakes, my house with it!! This is the second recipe I’ve seen today that I have all the ingredients for except corn syrup -Amazon UK here I come. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

  • This is such a great idea! Love the rose color. And I love any kind of recipe that requires a hammer… 😉

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  • This is amazing! I’m in awe how easy but cute this turned out, thank you for sharing 🙂

  • this is so pretty. what a fun idea. who knew rock candy could be classy. haha. thanks for sharing.

  • You always seem to come up with the most beautiful food!

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  • This is so so pretty and would make such a great gift!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
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  • This is perfect! Im planning a bridal shower and these would make great shower gifts! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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