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Sticky - Hand Made Rock Candy, The Rocks

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Published May 2nd 2013
Personalised candy & live candy making at the store
Sticky at The Rocks is a traditional hand-made candy store selling a range beautiful candies and lollipops, as well as offering personalised candy designs for every occasion.

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Sticky Candy Store at The Rocks

Located at The Rocks Centre in Playfair Street (just a short walk from Foundation Park), Sticky has been established since 2000 by a former attorney turned renowned confectioner.

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Candy heaven with different designs, from L-R: Pac man, Lime, Watermelon

You can't possibly miss Sticky at The Rocks Centre because it is is filled with beautifully designed candies and colourful lollipops which are irresistible to look at. If you grew up with Pac-Man, you would be delighted to find candies with Pac-Man characters. It will simply put a smile on my face at the sight of it.

Sticky is more than just a candy store, there is live candy making everyday, where you can watch talented sugar artisans moulding and sculpting sugar dough into interesting designs before your eyes. You will be mesmerised by each and every process carried out by the 'candy men'. Below is a brief summary of the candy making process I've documented that day:

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Candy making process: 1 - 4

1. Melted sugar was poured onto a large shallow tray.
2. Then evenly spread out on the tray.
3 & 4. Flavoured colours were poured onto the syrup in three different sections with one colour each - white, purple and green.

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Candy making process: 5 - 8

5. Client's requirement for candy design.
6. Sugar concentration test to determine the density and stretchiness.
7 & 8. The product is then cut into coloured blocks.

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Candy making process: 9 - 12

9 & 10. Sugar is rolled and kneaded (look at the muscles!)
11. Dough is pulled and stretched (apparently this helps to incorporate air into sugar, making it light and fluffy?)
12. Stretched dough is ready to be hand-sculpted.

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Candy making process: 13 - 16

The assignment of the day was to create a design with lettering
13-15. Shaping, sculpting and moulding of dough (to avoid the candy from hardening, the process of shaping, moulding and sculpting work was done on a heated rubber mat).
16. Happy 'Candy man' posing with part of his creation, letter 'H'.

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Candy making process: 17

17. Aligned individual candy together to create the desired design.

By then, I had to leave for an appointment though I was a bit reluctant. Eager to find out the rest of the process, I found a video on Sticky Facebook to complete my understanding on the whole process. (Below is a snapshot of the video)

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Candy making process: 18 - 21

18. Piecing the dough and individual candy together.
19-20. Roll the dough into a cylinder.

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Candy making process: 22 - 26

21-23. Stretched the cylinder and rolled out into thinner rods.
24. Candy rods are cooled and hardened.
25. Diced candy rods into personalised rock candies.

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Personalised Candy - Wedding Favours

I bought a bag of rock candies with an assortment of pretty designs and found several personalised wedding favour candies.

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Personalised candy for every occasion


Handmade candies are indeed a centuries old tradition. If you would like to see for yourself the art of making candy, why not head to The Rocks this weekend? It's also a place that will get kids excited!
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Why? Live traditional candy making
When: Everyday
Phone: 0292523337
Where: The Rocks Center
Your Comment
I don't really eat sweets, but it would be fascinating to watch it being made.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12075) 2022 days ago
Wow. Wow. Wow. I saw those guys a few weeks ago. Sooooo talented, it really is a nice change to see such talented artists creating such things. I have seen it it done all over the world but these guys a without a doubt the leaders in there craft. Keep it up and I'll be back for the hot one who calls himself Richard.
by eunji (score: 0|2) 2021 days ago
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