How is rock made?

EDP Norfolk - - The Coast -

A two-to-one mix of sugar and glu­cose is boiled to nearly 150 de­grees (300 de­grees F) be­fore be­ing poured on to wa­ter-cooled steel plates. Coloured ele­ments – in­clud­ing the outer cas­ing and let­ter­ing – are cre­ated us­ing food colour­ing. The cool­ing mix forms a skin so it can be cut with shears. Part of the mix is aer­ated by a ‘pulling ma­chine’ with fixed and ro­tat­ing arms to cre­ate a white cen­tre from a creamy mix. Let­ter­ing skills – cut­ting shapes spaced by white fill – take years to mas­ter. Round char­ac­ters are made last be­cause they lose their shape more eas­ily. The com­pleted word­ing is rolled around a stiff­ened cen­tre and the cas­ing added be­fore the thick stick is re­duced in size us­ing ta­pered rollers which are heated to keep the mix work­able. Once set, the rock is cut into short lengths and wrapped, with a land­mark pic­ture, in­side clear plas­tic.

Step 7 Stephen Docwra with the fin­ished prod­uct

Step 5 Sticks in their fin­ished size ready for cut­ting and wrap­ping

Step 1 Rock and roll – the gi­ant rock is rolled into shape at Docwra’s rock fac­tory in Great Yar­mouth

Step 4 Mak­ing words

Step 6 Sweet mes­sage from a happy hol­i­day

Step 3 Putting the rock into the rollers to slim it down

Step 2 Shap­ing letters

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