Poured sugar is typically used to make sweets such as hard candies and caramels. The difference in the consistency has to do with the cooling method used. The faster the candy is cooled, the harder it will be; the slower, the more viscous it will be. In order to create ice cubes out of boiled sugar, you will need to use less sugar and more water than in the standard recipes so that there is enough water for the ice cubes to freeze. Dropping sugar ice cubes in drinks like iced teas adds a subtle, sweet flavor.
Mix the water and sugar together in the pot and place it on the stove over medium heat.
Boil and stir the ingredients until the sugar has completely dissolved into the water. This will give you a substance that's not as thick as syrup but not as thin as water. Once it has completely dissolved, let it cool for five to 10 minutes. Do not let it cool all the way because it will get too thick, but if it is too hot it can melt the plastic ice cube trays.
Pour the water into the two ice cube trays.
Put the trays into the freezer carefully and wait for them to harden. Since there is so much sugar this should not take too long. The time, however, will depend on the temperature of your freezer.
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