When we think about love, two words come to mind: sweet and solid. This month’s ART STOP is a tribute to both! Rock candy: an artful kitchen-science project.

The whole process takes about 3 weeks. As your creations are forming, your rock-candy will look beautiful lined up in a window — or any place that keeps them out of potential harm’s way while the delicate crystals are forming, but makes it easy for daily check-ins.) A sure-fire way to win the hearts of any kiddo.


1 cup water
3 cups sugar
food coloring (optional)
clear glass or jar
wooden skewer

340px-Rock-Candy-Closeupweb5In a pan, pour one cup of water and turn the heat on your stove to medium.

Cup by cup, add sugar, stirring after each additional..

When the granules of sugar have completely melted you will have a syrupy consistency. Once you have syrup, it is the time to add food coloring (optional).

Carefully pour syrup into your glass container.

Stick your skewer in the middle of the container, using a clothespin to help balance and keep it in place.

Set container in a location where it will be safe and not touched. In less than a week, crystals will begin to form. In about three weeks, you’ll have a wonderful rock candy lollipop!

Have fun! xoxo


Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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