- A wooden skewer or thick string (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick)
- A clothespin(for the skewer) or pencil (for the string)
- 1 cup of water
- 2-3 cups of sugar
- A tall narrow glass or jar(a mason jar is perfect for this!)
- Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs inside the glass about 1 inch from the bottom. If you are using the string and the pencil, tie the string to the pencil and place it over the glass. The string should hang inside of the glass, also about an inch from the bottom.
- Remove the skewer and clothespin and put them aside for now. You will need this later!
- Pour 1 cup of water into a pan and bring it to boil.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of sugar into the boiling water, stirring until it dissolves.
- Begin to slowly add more sugar. Pour a little at a time and stir it dissolves. Keep adding sugar slowly until no more will disolve. (This is when the solution is fully saturated) This will take time. Each time you add more sugar it will take longer for the sugar to dissolve each time. Have patience! Be sure you don't give up too soon.
- Once no more sugar will dissolve, remove it from heat and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes.
- While it is cooling dip half of the skewer in the sugar solution and then roll it in some sugar to help jump start the crystal growth. Be sure to let the skewer cool completely so that sugar crystals do not fall off when you place it back in the glass.
- Carefully pour the sugar solution into the jar almost to the top. Then submerge the skewer back into the glass making sure that it is hanging straight down the middle without touching the sides.
- Allow the jar to fully cool and put it someplace where it will not be disturbed.
- Now just wait. The sugar crystals will grow over the next 3-7 days.
How it works
As the water cools the sugar is forced out of the water solution. The skewer (and sometines the glass itself) gives the sugar something to grow on. With some luck and a whole lot of patience you will have a tasty scientific treat! Enjoy!