Homemade lollipops and suckers are easier to make than you might think. Whether you are making them for the holidays to use as stocking stuffers or just to have to enjoy year round, these lollipops and suckers are sure to please the sweet tooth in your family.
Supplies You Will Need
Lollipop Molds – These can be simple round molds or specialty molds in holiday themes.
Candy Thermometer – Hard candy needs to be heated to specific temperatures in order to ensure it sets up properly.
Plastic Wrap – Cling wrap is used to wrap the suckers after they are cooled.
Sucker Sticks – The food grade, paper sticks are placed into the candy in the molds before it cools to create the sucker or lollipop.
Curling Ribbon – Use the ribbon to tie off the plastic wrap.
4 cups sugar
1 ½ cups light corn syrup
1 ½ cups water
2 tsp flavoring (candy flavorings like lemon, cherry, peppermint – your choice)
Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
Stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring and boil until mixture reaches 300 degrees. You can also test this by dropping a small amount of the candy mixture into cold water. If it forms a hardball, the candy is ready. This is known as the hardball stage. Remove from heat. You can separate the mixture into several containers if you want to make more than one flavor. Stir in flavorings, diving amount as necessary if you are using more than one. Pour the mixture into molds and place sticks into each mold. Let the molds cool and remove suckers. Sprinkle suckers with confectioner’s sugar and wrap in plastic.
4 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
¼ tsp cream of tartar
Stir sugar, cream of tartar and water in saucepan until sugar is blended. Heat the mixture, without stirring, until the thermometer registers 290 degrees. Use the hardball message described above to test readiness. Remove from heat. Add flavoring and coloring of your choice. Pour mixture into molds and add sticks. Chill to set and remove from molds. Wrap in plastic wrap.
You can spruce these lollipops and suckers up with colored plastic wrap. Then, tie a colored curling ribbon around the plastic, just below the sucker. These make wonderful stocking stuffers, party bag additions and treats for a class party. You are only limited in color and flavor by your imagination.