Rock sugar, also called rock candy, is a traditional Chinese sweetener that comes in a variety of color from white to dark yellow. This sugar is milder and less sweet than conventional sugar as well as having a more nuanced flavor. Rock sugar is used in both sweet and savory foods to add texture, gloss, and flavor. It is the preferred sweetener for foods such as bird's nest, braised meats, and traditional teas such as chrysanthemum and pu-erh.
Uses: Break rock sugar into smaller pieces for immediate use or add whole into long cooking dishes such as soups and braises. It will add a mild, nuanced sweetness, and attractive appearance to your dishes.