Homemade Halloween Pops

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
12 to 16 candy pops
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 or 8-inch wooden pop sticks
  • Gummy worms, as needed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange, lemon or cherry extract
  • Few drops orange food coloring
Directions
  • Lay a silicone sheet on a baking pan, place the sticks on the pan and place 3 pieces of gummy Worms above the tip of each stick to form a gummy worm triangle.

  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a clean, dry small saucepan. (It is best to use a heavy gauge pan and preferably with a pour spout.) Bring to a boil over high heat and cook without stirring until the mixture reaches 305 degrees F or "hard crack" stage on a candy thermometer. Occasionally wash down the sides of the pan with a clean pastry brush dipped in water to remove any sugar crystals that are clinging to the sides of the pan.

  • When the mixture reaches 305 degrees F, remove the pan from heat and dip the bottom of the pan into an ice bath for a few seconds to stop the candy from cooking. Add the extracts and food coloring and stir very gently with a wooden spoon so the color is evenly distributed.

  • Pour the syrup over the gummy worms and just over the stick. Cool the candy for at least 20 minutes.

  • Lift the lollipops off the silicone and either serve immediately or wrap in an airtight container.


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