Rocktose (ROK tohs) – n. The hard lumps that block the pouring spouts of sugar dispensers.
You know dextrose, and sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup…. Stevia, aspartame, xylitol and saccharin, but to you recall the most annoying sweetener of all? It’s rocktose! Those lumps of rock candy-wannabes that populate the counters of diners and coffeeshops around the world, daring you to try to sweeten your coffee or tea with the remaining granules of sugar that are sitting at the bottom of the glass and stainless steel cylinder. That little covered hole at the top can only let so much sugar out, and rocktose refuses to budge through that slot. So, do you really want to fight the rocktose, or maybe this might be the time to drink your tea or coffee unsweetened or black, which really isn’t such a bad idea. Do you really want to trust some kind of cane or beet sugar that has turned to a hunk of rocktose? You could try some laboratory-created sweetener, but you know it just won’t taste right. So, take on the rocktose if you must. This just might be what Fred Flintstone sweetened his coffee with, literally!