The earliest known date that white sugar was refined was about 200 C.E. so it is probable that the further refining into what was later known as "Sugre Candie" was at about that time.
There are many references to what we now call Rock Candy in literature. There are several references to it in the poems of the Persian poet Jalal-ad-Din Rumi who lived in Turkey in the middle 1200's. One early English reference in 1584 seems to sum up the virtues of Rock Candy where it is quoted "White sugar is not so good for phlegume, as that which is called Sugar Candie." Shakespeare in Henry IV (1596) referred to its therapeutic value as a throat soother for long winded talkers.
One of my favorite memories, of all time, involves rock candy. There was nothing like walking on the brick walkway from our house, in the South, to my grandparents house, through the back screened porch and down the polished wooden hallway to find my Grandmother in the kitchen making rock candy.
I was always enthralled by the fact that she could make something so wonderful, and I believe she was equally thrilled to share that beautiful clear candy with her granddaughter with the sweet tooth! Those memories still bring warmth, and a feeling of joy and contentment! I was blessed to be able to have that experience more than once in my life. ~ Juanita from Michigan
When I was a kid, my family would take a trip to Frankenmuth Michigan, over Christmas break every year. The thing I remember most was, after dinner we would walk around in town. Before we could get started all of the kids HAD to stop by the sweet shop. My parents being like many good parents out there had no problem with this. For some reason I always went to the rock candy. Seeing those brightly colored crystals put me in awe. I would have to get one of each color. As we would get ready to pay, my father and I would have to get in a different line then everyone else. When we did this he would say “Don’t tell your mother you got all of these, she will kill me,” then he would look down smile and wink at me. Since then I have grown, we all have kids of our own, and we all still make the trip every year. Although my father has passed, I find myself doing the same thing he used to do with my son. ~Max from Michigan
When I went to elementary school in Iowa, we used to take a field trip to Living History Farms in Des Moines each year. I remember that I had just 5$ to spend at the Old Country Store. I would always buy the pink Rock Candy Sticks because they were 2/1$ and there was something about the flavor of the pink dye that I just loved. I would then use the wooden stick with the ball on the end as a scepter for He Man and Skeletor! ~Sandy from Georgia
How to make Rock Candy and Vintage Candy Box