Edinburgh rock

Sorry about the sudden absence and lack of blogs lately but life has a way of distracting me sometimes x Well hanging out with friends and drinking lots of wine and cups of tea anyway……heehee x

Anyway, I’m back ๐Ÿ™‚ And I have a cracker of a recipe for you, that is our local delicacy Edinburgh rock! Seemingly, Edinburgh rock came about like a lot of culinaryย discoveries do,ย quite by accident. The legend has it the some boiled sweets were left exposed to the air overnight and went soft and powdery!! However it happened they are here to stay and this is my recipe for them x Enjoy x

Edinburgh Rock


  • Groundnut oil, for greasing
  • 450g granulated sugar
  • 15ml/1 tbsp Glucose syrup or golden syrup
  • 2.5ml/ยฝ tsp cream of tartar
  • 200ml water
  • 10ml/2 tsp pink food colouring
  • 10ml/2 tsp rose water
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Edinburgh Rock


  1. Grease a marble slab or worktop, metal pastry scraper and some kitchen scissors.
  2. Combine the sugar, glucose syrup or golden syrup, cream of tartar and water in a medium, heavy pan. Heat gently over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Bring to the boil and boil the syrup until it reaches the soft-crack stage (140ยฐC/290ยฐF).
  4. Stir in the colouring and rose water and immediately place the pan over the ice-water bath to arrest the cooking.
  5. Pour the syrup on to the oiled marble slab and allow to cool until a skin forms on the surface.
  6. Using the oiled scraper, begin to fold the edges into the centre of the pool until it is cool enough to handle.
  7. Dust your hands with icing sugar. Take hold of the ends of the syrup strand and pull them up towards you to form a U shape again. Do not twist the strands. Continue for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes opaque.
  8. Pull it into a long strip, then cut it into small pieces with the oiled scissors .
  9. Leave the rock out at room temperature for about 24 hours until it becomes soft and powdery. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Edinburgh Rock

Making this rock also gave me the excuse to take some of it for a trip in to the city centre to do a mini photoshoot with Edinburgh’s most famous landmark, Edinburgh castle, which sits on a very own piece of Edinburgh rock!! See what I did there? Edinburgh rock?? haha x

Edinburgh Rock

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60 thoughts on “Edinburgh rock

  1. ARGH! I *need* to visit Edinburgh, I’ve never been but every pic I see makes it look gorgeous. I already had a huge, burning desire to visit and these pics have just enhanced it! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Well, I went when I was just a wee bairn, but apparently I screamed the entire time I was there. I’m probably still banned ๐Ÿ˜‰

        The closest I’ve come is watching it in movies like Skyfall and The Illusionist (which is an animation so doesn’t really count).

  2. Oh lord….I love the photos of the castle … it is lovely.

    As for the candy…I have never seen it look so charming. (I have had them before…normally just little cyliners of a sweet….though you let it on your tongue and wait for it to melt!)

  3. Brilliant to see pics of Edin on here and they look fab! As Edinburgh is my home town, it’s funny that it never occurred to me to make this before – poss because it’s in all the shops on the Royal Mile but it would be a fun thing to do some time so thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Please do let me know if you do ever try it, I love to get feedback on how others find my recipes xx Do you ever get back to Edinburgh? It is a lovely place and has been my home for about 15 years now x

  4. Oh that reminds me of my childhood! Raised near Edinburgh till I was 7. Can remember that every time dad went ‘home’ after we moved that he brought back a case of rock for the kids ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love your pictures.This castle brings back good memories for me. In 1998 I went to the military tattoo with my relitives. They live in a town called Bonnygrigg, Midlothian. Such a beautiful site.

      • Thanks Rach, It was lovely today, alas I didn’t get the chance to enjoy it as much as I would have liked, but managed a wee walk through the meadows to get to my favourite little teashop for a cuppa, so not all bad x I hope you enjoyed it more? x

  6. Oh, those pictures are so beautiful! And really bring me back to when I visited Edinburgh years ago. Besides the castle, one of my favorite places were all the gorgeous sweet shops! Thanks for a delicious looking recipe.

  7. How exciting! I’m seriously thinking of making this to bring to my show in Edinburgh at the Fringe in August… Edinburgh rock to Edinburgh (via London!) It looks perfect – but is it terribly difficult – looks quite challenging? Do I need a thermometer? I’m a bit old-fashioned and tend to do things by look and feel. Do you think that would work?

  8. Love your pics. Just gorgeous. And the Rock recipe takes me back to years we used to travel to Aberdeen (always stopping off for a night in Edinburgh on the way) to visit Granny. Its been too long!

  9. That’s the most interesting photo shoot of candy/lollies that I’ve ever seen – great contrast of the colour with the castle in the background – something very fairytale about it. Thanks for swinging by on my blog btw.

  10. Can I ask, most recipes I’ve seen ask for the sugar to be boiled to 126C but you suggets 140C. The last few times I’ve tried to make Edinburgh Rock it has not held it’s shape, been to soft and formed back in to a massive blob. Is this a result of the sugar not being boiled enough?

  11. Thank you so much for this recipe – I have been trying every online recipe with no success, it would always stay soft and sticky and only fit for the bin – until i found your recipe – It’s PERFECT, worked first time! I’m from New Zealand and it is such a pleasure to make this treat in my own kitchen. THANK YOU!!!!!!

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