Lollipops

Total Time:
39 min
Prep:
12 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
36 lollipops
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 36 lollipop sticks
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon flavored extract, optional
  • Special equipment: 2 lollipop molds and lollipop sticks (available at kitchen specialty and craft stores)
Directions

Arrange the lollipop sticks in the lollipop molds and place on a baking sheet. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, water, and cream of tartar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to high and, without stirring, cook until the sugar is amber or until a candy thermometer reads between 300 to 310 degrees F (hard-ball stage), about 10 minutes (see Cook's Note*). Promptly remove the saucepan from the heat. Carefully stir in the flavored extract.

Work quickly, drop 1 teaspoon of the hot mixture into each lollipop mold. Reheat the mixture briefly over low heat if it starts to thicken. Let the lollipops cool for at least 15 minutes. Remove from molds and store in airtight containers or wrap individually.

*Cook's Note: To determine hard-ball stage without a candy thermometer, remove the pot from the heat and dip the bottom of the pot in water to stop the mixture from cooking further. Carefully spoon a drop of the hot syrup mixture into ice-cold water. Remove the drop from the water after 5 seconds; when bent, it should snap easily and shouldn't be sticky to the touch. The cooled drop should have a yellowish tinge.


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    loved it was so so so good
    i loved the taste but it almost glued my teeth shut
     
    This makes the classic lollipop taste. I added about 1/4 tsp of lemon oil and 1/4 tsp of lime oil & 1 drop green liquid food coloring. They are shiny and green. I used them in molds and then poured the rest on my silpat. After they cooled about 30 seconds, I twisted them into twists around the lollipop stick. A big hit with the kids around here!
    These were easy to make, looked beautiful, and were much better than lollipops you get at the store.
    I don't have lollipop molds, but I do have a marble slab, so I just buttered it lightly, laid out lollipop sticks on it, and dipped the hot candy out with a metal measuring cup to dribble it over the stick ends. We got almost round lollipops this way, with pretty little squiggles and threads of candy attached.
     

     
    They're beautiful without food coloring. Great pure sugar taste, much better than recipes that include corn syrup! I think essential oils would make stronger flavors, but the faint taste from this amount of orange extract was good enough for us this time. My four year old loves them.
    This recipe was easy and fun. I do have a few ideas, though. If you don't have lollipop sticks, or molds, use ice trays. Also, adding food color at the end makes them very colorful!
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