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:
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.
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.
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'.
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)
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!
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.