How you can make your own lollipops!
Lollipops are fun for kids and adults alike, and are always a hit at parties! Why not make a few as thank-yous for neighbors or teachers, or even as wedding favors or additions to holiday and birthday presents? The recipe is really easy and doesn't take too long to make and there's no need to be Martha Stewart - it's perfect for beginners!
Here's what you'll need to get started to make lollipops:
Light corn syrup
Food coloring (optional)
Flavoring oil or extract* (the flavor of lollipop you'd like to make)
Lollipop mold (optional)
Mix 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-to-high heat. Check the temperature on your candy thermometer as you stir, and stop stirring when the sugar has desolved.
Let the mixture boil until it reaches aout 300 degrees the remove it from the heat. (Be careful, it is hot!)
Keep an eye on the candy thermometer; when it cools to about 275 degrees you can add in your flavor extract and food coloring, stirring it in the mixture well. Separately, ou'll want to be sure that you spray nonstick cooking spray into your lollipop molds (if you're using them).
Pour the mixture into your lollipop molds and place the lollipop sticks in as well, making sure they are covered by the mixture OR pour the mixture on a baking sheet to form a circle, laying the lollipop sticks on top of the mixture. Try to work quickly as the mixture will harden in a short amount of time.
When the mixture has completely cooled you can remove the lollipops. Hooray! It's an easy way to make lollipops.
*Flavor extracts or oils can be found in the baking area of most stores. Flavors such as lemon, vanilla and almond are commonly found. One teaspoon of these more subtle flavors' oils should be sufficient for your lollipops. There are highly-concentrated candy-making flavorings available in specialty baking shops or online - for these usually 1/4 teaspoon will suffiently flavor a batch of lollipops.