Dryden & Palmer Rock Candy

Dryden & Palmer, Purveyors of Rock Candy since 1880-

Now available delivered to your door!

Available in a variety of colors and flavors!

*Due to natural coloring processes, coloring may vary


Sour Rock Candy Sticks

6 1/2" Sour Rock Candy Sticks


Great SOUR fruit flavors!


Lolli Rocks Pops

5 3/4" Lolli Rock Pops

The Lollipop that ROCKS!

Pure cane sugar Lolli Rocks sticks, in fun packaging and great flavors

A great treat for any age!


Barista Sticks

4 1/2" Rock Candy Barista Sticks

Stir up your coffee routine!

Our demitasse stirring sticks are an elegant and delicious alternative to ordinary table sugar.  Crystallized pure cane sugar and great tasting flavors impart a smooth sweetness to your favorite beverage.  These eye-catching stirrers bring variety to your coffee experience and ensure a memorable finish to dinner parties.


Swizzle Sticks

5 3/4" Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks.

Rock your drinks at cocktail hour!

Our flavored pure cane swizzle sticks allow you to create delicious, visually stunning cocktails at home. Impress your guests by adding a touch of fun and style to your favorite beverages with bright crystals made from the purest sugar. These colorful sticks mix and sweeten your cocktails at the same time and come in a variety of delicious complementary flavors.


Crystal Sticks

Assorted Crystal Sticks
6 1/2" Rock Candy Sticks

The Original!

Rock candy on a stick, in various flavors



1210 asst string
The Classic!

Rock Candy on strings! - Available in a variety of colors and flavors, or assorted.


Loose Crystals

Brewing, Cooking and Baking!

Pure white crystals and Amber crystals for cooking, brewing or sweetening your coffee or tea!

Flavored rock candy crystals, in 8 different flavors, great for topping muffins or cookies, as well as for decorating cakes. The beautiful jewel-like colors have been used in everything from jewelry store displays to dressing up cocktails and even featured on TV shows!



What is Rock Candy?

Rock candy is the product of the further refining by recrystallization of pure cane sugar.  In fact, it is the purest form of sugar available, because all impurities are excluded as large crystals form.  Crystal growth is based on the particular characteristics of sugar (sucrose) chemistry, and cannot be done with the various “sugar free” substitutes found in the market.


How is Rock Candy made?

Rock Candy is made by a process of crystallization, the same process that produces quartz and diamonds in nature – with a different ingredient, of course.  It is made by breaking apart the sugar (sucrose) molecular crystal lattice and then allowing it to re-form in conditions that produce larger, purer crystals.  A hot, saturated solution of cane sugar and water is poured into large tanks.  Careful supervision of the cooling process produces the larger crystals, which are then harvested as Rock Candy sticks, strings, or loose crystals.

 History of Rock Candy

For centuries, Rock Candy has been recognized as having marked therapeutic and preservative qualities.  In fact, in the West, sugar was used only as a medicine or preservative until – in the middle of the 18th century - people “discovered” it made a sweet treat as well.  The earliest known date that white sugar was refined was about 200 BC, 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 Jalai-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.”  And Shakespeare, in Henry IV, (1596) referred to its therapeutic value as a throat soother for long winded talkers.


History of Dryden and Palmer Rock Candy

During the late 1800’s, there were several Rock Candy companies in the USA, including one formed in 1880 by the partnership of Charles Dryden and Noah Palmer.  These companies supplied various forms of crystals and syrups as cough-cold remedies, soda fountain syrups, and delicious confections.  In addition, vast amounts were used in saloons.  Every bar had its own creation of “Rock & Rye” (Rock Candy dissolved in rye whiskey) ostensibly, of course, to cure their patrons’ colds – or at least to make them forget they had a cold in the first place!

Many different factors caused the Rock Candy industry to change.  Both prescription and over-the-counter medicines using active ingredients became more common in the early 1900’s.  But the biggest effect on the industry was Prohibition, which made alcohol consumption illegal everywhere between 1920 – 1933.  During this time the Rock Candy industry failed, as it had become too dependent on sales to bars and saloons.  The only company to survive the drought was Dryden & Palmer.

More changes kept coming, however.  The syrup business that was a big part of the company at the end of the 19th century is almost entirely gone, as soda manufacturers switched to cheaper corn syrups.  Always a company to rise to a challenge, however, Dryden & Palmer introduced Rock Candy on a stick in the 1960’s, then flavored and colored the sugar sticks in the 1970’s.

Today Dryden & Palmer Rock Candy products can be found in all fifty states, as well as in almost every country in the world.  With an amazing range of the most popular colors, flavors, and product forms, D&P Rock Candy truly has something for Kids of all ages:  from super-cool, intense- flavored lollipops; to unique party favors in your favorite colors for special celebrations; right down to swizzle sticks or edible stirrers for your favorite beverages.

Mr. Dryden and Mr. Palmer would be astonished to see the different flavors, colors and forms of the Rock Candy we produce today, but they would easily recognize the tradition of quality and service carried forward from their time.