You might be wondering why would I even want to make homemade lollipops. They are a fun activity to do with older kids and you can share the science of sugar boiling to different stages. Plus why not, you can control the flavor and the colors that go into making these adorable suckers.
Since Halloween is this weekend, we decided to make some fun Orange colored and flavored homemade lollipops. You only need a few ingredients, most likely you already have them at home.
No matter what the reason, you can create fun and festive lollipops in under 30 minutes.
What you need to make homemade lollipops
- Gel food coloring works much better than regular food coloring because it’s nice and thick and easier to work
- Stick lollipops
- Corn Syrup
- Any Flavoring
- Candy Thermometer
- Silicon Brush
- Heat Proof measuring cup
How to Make Homemade Lollipops
Add sugar, corn syrup and water to a pan and stir to dissolve the sugar. Stop stirring when it is completely dissolved and add the candy thermometer.
To prevent any crystals forming, have a silicon brush in a water bath, and frequently wipe down the sides of the pan.
The very moment the candy thermometer displays 305 F, remove the pan from heat. Immediately move the mixture into the measuring cup and add in the flavoring and coloring.
HOW TO MAKE FREE-FORM LOLLIPOPS
These are free-form lollipops so you don’t need molds. To form the lollipops, pour the scalding hot liquid directly onto your silicone mats or parchment paper. I suggest pouring only two at a time because they harden up fast!
Immediately add the lollipop sticks and I like to twirl them so all sides are coated in the sugar mixture.
Press any desired candies into the lollipop but work quickly as these set up super fast.
What if my sugar syrup hardens before I can pour it into a lollipop?
If the syrup starts to harden before you can finish pouring the lollipops and decorating them, no worries!
Simply stick the glass measuring cup with the syrup into the microwave for a few seconds to heat it up and you’re ready to go again.
Allow the lollipops to cool and harden before lifting and wrapping in cellophane. This should not take too long.
The hardest part of the activity, cleaning the leftover hardened syrup
TIPS FOR CLEAN UP AFTER MAKING HOMEMADE LOLLIPOPS
Don’t panic when you see a layer of syrup hardened on the bottom of your pot and glass measuring cup. Fill your pot 1/5 of the way up with water and boil it to loosen the syrup.
Scrap, Drain and Repeat.
To lift syrup off your heat-safe glass measuring cup, fill it halfway with water and stick it in the microwave. Heat the water to melt the hardened sugar.
Let the hot water sit in the cup for a few minutes to loosen things up, then drain the water or let it simply sit there several minutes and repeat .
Be sure to clean off any residue on your thermometer as well.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 10 drops orange food coloring
- 8 drops pure orange oil
- 10 lollipop sticks
- Assorted candies, for decorating
You can easily halve this recipe and make 5 large lollipops