What We Do
We make candy. Rock Candy. Pure, but never simple.
Using traditional techniques transformed and updated for a modern market, each and every day Sticky Candy-makers sculpt their creations right in front of our customers, working with unto 16 kg of molten sugar to create something fascinating, educational, beautiful, delicious and fun. Check out the video and see for yourself. We have developed our own range of beautiful sweets, but our range is constantly evolving and almost infinitely flexible.
We can take your ideas, your thoughts, your feelings, your inspiration, and build it through the heart of your very own custom rock candy for just about any purpose. Have a look at the Design Your Own Candy sections to learn more.
And mostly, we make people smile.
While Sticky is and always be Australian at heart, we are now making beautiful things in 10 countries, and counting. Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, The United States, Cambodia, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
An Australian brand embracing the world.
Who We Are
Sticky is the brainchild of reasonably good looking, mildly interesting and internationally renowned candy-maker, David King. Once an almost universally feared attorney, in 2000 David walked away from his law career to pursue the irresistible lure of artisanal candy-making.
Initially apprenticing with an ancient Danish monk within a crumbling monastery deep in the Australian Outback, hidden, forgotten and disguised as an absurdly large banana, the pupil spent years in quiet contemplation and occasional trips to the beach. In an excruciating yet vaguely arousing ceremony, it was discovered that he was in fact The Sweet One: the once-in-a-Millennium possessor of a mystical gift for the ancient secrets of candy, the roots of which lie buried beneath antiquity, legend and fable. And a not entirely irrational fear of slugs.
With disciples around the world, Sticky’s uniquely talented candy sculptors create some of the most exquisite confectionery ever seen, in an entirely free live show guaranteed to fascinate and delight your senses. Theatre, spectacle and mouthwatering sugar-art come together in a way that will leave you gob-smacked and begging for more.
Sticky can even customise rock candy to your exact specifications. See your name, logo or message appear, as if by magic, right through the heart of your very own custom candy! Perfect for special occasions, events, corporate promotions or just for fun.
What is Candy?
The people of New Guinea were probably the first to domesticate sugarcane, sometime around 8,000 BC. After domestication, its cultivation spread rapidly to southern China, Indochina, and India, where refining the juice into granulated crystals developed. By the sixth century AD, sugar cultivation and processing had reached Persia, from where it was carried into the Mediterranean by Arab expansion. Wherever they went, the Arabs brought with them sugar, both the product itself and the technology of its production.
Sugar eventually made its way to Western Europe as a result of the Crusades in the 11th Century AD. Crusaders returning home talked of this “new spice”, with sugar first recorded in England in 1099. Subsequent centuries saw a major expansion of Western European trade with the East, driven in part by the demand for sugar.
In the 15th century AD, Columbus sailed to the “New World” and, in 1493, he took sugar cane plants with him to the Caribbean, where the climate was so advantageous for the growth of the cane, that a massive global industry quickly flourished.
It was the West’s insatiable demand for this “White Gold” which in large part drove the age of discovery, the foundation of European empires, and the expansion of both slavery and waistlines.
In 2001, sugar, and its formation into what we now know as Candy, was finally perfected by Sticky in the far-flung colonial outpost of Sydney, Australia.
The true refinement of Sugar had begun.