Sugar Crystals & Rock Candy Pictures

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Sucrose or Saccharose

This is a three-dimensional representation of table sugar, which is sucrose or saccharose, C12H22O11.

Do you know what rock candy looks like? See rock candy and other images of sugar crystals including a micrograph of a sucrose crystal.

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Sucrose Molecule

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Saccharose Molecule

Molecular structure of saccharose or sucrose, also known as table sugar.
Molecular structure of saccharose or sucrose, also known as table sugar. Anne Helmenstine
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Sucrose Crystals

Sucrose or sugar crystal magnified by a microscope.
Sucrose or sugar crystal magnified by a microscope. PhotoLink, Getty Images
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Sugar Crystals - Sucrose

This is a photo of magnified crystals of sucrose, or table sugar.
This is a photo of magnified crystals of sucrose, or table sugar. The monoclinic hemihedral crystalline structure can be seen clearly. Lauri Andler, wikipedia.com
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Multicolored Rock Candy Sticks

You can make rock candy any color or flavor you like.
You can make rock candy any color or flavor you like. Anne Helmenstine
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Homemade Blue Sugar Crystals

The sugar crystals of homemade rock candy tend to be relatively small.
The sugar crystals of homemade rock candy tend to be smaller than the sugar crystals you see on commercial rock candy. You can grow larger crystals if you coat your string or stick with crushed rock candy from a previous batch. Anne Helmenstine
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Blue and Green Rock Candy

Rock candy consists of sugar crystals.
Rock candy consists of sugar crystals. You can grow rock candy yourself. If you don't add any coloring the rock candy will be the color of the sugar you used. You can add food coloring if you'd like to color the crystals. Anne Helmenstine
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Brown Sugar Rock Candy

If you crystallize raw sugar or brown sugar you will get rock candy that is golden or brown.
If you crystallize raw sugar or brown sugar you will get rock candy that is naturally golden or brown. It has a more complex flavor than that of rock candy made from white sugar. Lyzzy, Wikipedia Commons
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Sugar Cube

Sugar Cube
Sugar Cube. Mark Webb, stock.xchng
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Sugar Cubes

Sugar cubes are pre-measured blocks of sucrose.
Sugar cubes are pre-measured blocks of sucrose. Uwe Hermann

These cubes are made up of tiny crystals of sugar, pressed together, not large crystals like you see in rock candy.

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Rock Candy Chunks

This rock candy is shaped like cubes.
This rock candy is shaped like cubes. Elke Freese
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Blue Rock Candy Crystals

This blue rock candy is practically the same color as the sky.
This blue rock candy is practically the same color as the sky. Rock candy is made from sugar crystals. It is easy to color and flavor the crystals. Anne Helmenstine
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Green Rock Candy Swizzle Stick

What's a swizzle stick? It's a stick of rock candy that you swirl around in a drink.
What's a swizzle stick? It's a stick of sugar crystals or rock candy that you swirl around in a drink to sweeten and flavor it. Anne Helmenstine
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Red Rock Candy

Here's a stick of red rock candy.
Here's a stick of red rock candy. Anne Helmenstine
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Yellow Rock Candy

This is a partially-eaten stick of rock candy, or colored sugar (sucrose) crystals.
This is a partially-eaten stick of rock candy, or colored sugar (sucrose) crystals. Douglas Whitaker, wikipedia.org
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Pink Rock Candy

Rock Candy
If you look closely, you can see the monoclinic shape of the sugar crystals that comprise this rock candy. Anne Helmenstine
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Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks

Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks
Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks. Laura A., Creative Commons
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Sugar Crystals Close-Up

This is a close-up photograph of sugar crystals (sucrose).
This is a close-up photograph of sugar crystals (sucrose). The area is about 800 x 500 micrometers. Jan Homann