I remember this one from childhood, although I never had nearly as much success as I did this time around! Sprite's a BIG candy lover, so she thought this was the greatest thing ever.
Ingredients and supplies:
2 glass jars or drinking glasses
2 wooden chopsticks or wooden dowels
2 clothes pins
2 muffin liners
2.5 cups sugar
Heat up 1 cup of water in a small pot. Add sugar, a little at a time, until it is all dissolved.
Add a few drops of food coloring. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
Pour half of the sugar solution into each glass.
Clip a clothespin onto each chopstick and balance the clothespin across the top of the jar to keep the chopstick from falling in. The bottom of the chopstick should be just a tad above the bottom of the glass.
Poke a hole in a muffin liner and put it on the top of the chopstick. This will keep dust out while still allowing the water to evaporate.
You should see crystals forming in about 2 days This picture was taken on day 3, and you can see crystals sticking to the sides and bottom of the glass too (I used 3 cups of sugar, and I think it was a little too much). If the chopstick touches the bottom, raise it a little bit.
Attempting a "CHEESE" without removing the candy from her mouth:
Note: For easy cleaning of the glass, fill it with water and microwave it for about 2 minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes. The hot water will help the leftover sugar dissolve and separate from the sides of the glass.