Recently, Alex perused his copy of The Dangerous Book For Boys in search for that ever illusive "something to do." He found a page about making crystals. One of the neighbor boys had received a crystal making kit and Alex wanted to make crystals too. I looked in the book and it recommended using alum powder. I was not about to go out searching for alum powder. But, I knew we could make some tasty crystals with ingredients from our pantry. Yes, we made sugar crystals!
I had never made them before, so I searched it on eHow. I ended up using six cups of sugar. The site said I needed 3 cups sugar per one cup of water. I wanted to make sure I had enough for all the kids. This was a bit much. I am using the remaining syrup to make another batch. I ended up only making two crystals in the first batch because I had string troubles. It kept floating up. I did not have anything that would weight it down. I ended up using a pipe cleaner. I had plenty of popsicle sticks. I should have used one of those.
But we had success, and the look much grander than the store bought crystal kit, and they're edible.