Lollipops are an old-fashioned favorite! Sure, it's easy to buy them in the store, but it's even more fun to make them at home! You need a few pieces of inexpensive equipment to start--a candy thermometer, and a lollipop mold. Both can be found for a few dollars at cake/candy supply stores, many craft stores, or online. You'll also want lollipop sticks, a flavoring extract (it could be simple vanilla or a variety of exotic flavors!) and perhaps food coloring.
The best part about making your own lollipops is that you can completely customize them! Buy your favorite flavors and make lollipops that appeal to YOU. Coconut-lime? You got it! Spicy Pineapple Mint? Sounds delicious! Once you master the basic recipe, you'll love crafting new combos and experimenting with your own lollipops.
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup water
- 1-1/2 tsp extract of your choice (vanilla, mint, cinnamon, coconut, etc)
- Food coloring (optional)
- Lollipop molds and sticks
1. Prepare your lollipop molds by spraying them lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Wipe out the inside with a paper towel, so that only the thinnest layer of oil remains. Insert the lollipop sticks into the molds.
2. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Once boiling, insert a candy thermometer.
3. Allow to boil, without stirring, until candy reaches 295 degrees Fahrenheit (146 C).
4. Once the candy reaches 295 F, remove it from heat. Allow it to sit until it stops bubbling completely. Stir in the extract of your choice, and, if desired, food coloring.
5. Spoon the candy into the mold cavities, making sure to cover the back of the stick.
6. Allow to cool completely and remove once hardened.
7. Store Lollipops individually wrapped, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to a month.