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Published September 25th 2013
Ever wondered how pictures get inside the hard candy?
Have you ever wondered how those amazing pictures and messages get created inside rock candy? I have always been fascinated by those delicious treats and intrigued by the candy making process. So when a friend suggested we go and check it out, I was all for it.

We packed up the kids and headed to The Rocks, more specifically, a candy store called "Sticky", which is located at 12-24 Playfair Street, The Rocks.

Open between 9.30am 5.30pm every day, the candy makers demonstrate how different flavoured candy is created. Each day there are several demonstrations, so you can watch one or a few different candies be made.

You will find everything from "I love you" messages to pictures of different fruits, animals and characters. And if you have a special occasion coming up, you can request to have your own design created choose a candy colour, flavour, symbol or logo, text, flavour and whether to do single colour or stripey.

The candy is made from glucose, which is derived from wheat, but they are 100% gluten free. Although sugar is a natural preservative, after about 6 months the candy will begin to crystalise and the colours may start to fade, so it's a good idea to eat your candy as quickly as possible.

To watch the candy making process is amazing.

First sugar and glucose are heated to approximately 300 degrees. When the mixture reaches the required temperature, the content is poured onto a cooling table and the mixture is divided.

Some of the mixture is then flavoured and this is what becomes the core of the rock. The remainder of the toffee is mixed with colour and this is what becomes the outer casing.

Letters and shapes are formed by layering strips of coloured and white toffee.

The strips of toffee are then put together in the correct order to make the casting of the rock.

The rock is then pulled into long strips and a cutter is used to cut the rock into the small candy.

If you are wondering what to do with your kids during the school holidays, why not plan a trip to Sticky and watch this fascinating process? No doubt, your children will enjoy the outing and getting a few sweet treats.

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Why? Watch how rock candy is made
When: All year round
Where: 12-24 Playfair Street, The Rocks
Cost: Free to watch candy making process
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