Rock candy swizzle sticks are a common feature at weddings and parties, used in champagne flutes and exotic cocktails. What many people don’t know is that this type of candied sugar has its origins in Iran. Arabic writers described this kind of candy as early as the 9th century and it has continued to be a common treat in Asia and the Middle East.
Rock candy is widely used in India with fennel seeds as a mouth freshener, especially after meals, and is a common ingredient in Tamil cuisine, particularly in the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. It is also an important part of the tea culture of East Frisia, where a lump of rock sugar is placed at the bottom of the cup.
In the United States, it is generally unflavored and is considered an old-fashioned or retro candy. It is created by allowing a solution of sugar and water to crystallize on a surface suitable for crystal nucleation, such as a string, or stick. The strung rock candy can be used in edible decorations and can add an elegant element to any dinner party. Look for DIY directions on how to create chandeliers and other decor pieces.
So for your next party why not consider a rock candy tea stirrer, swizzle stick or table centerpiece?