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Lollipop Lollipop

Last Wednesday we made homemade lollipops. While the kids can’t participate in every step, there is plenty to do. Have you seen the ingenious Pencil Pops? This little piece of plastic molds in the lollipop in place of sucker sticks. When the lollipop is finished it then will fit onto a pencil. If you want to use lollipop molds like we did you must make sure to buy the molds that have a space made for the pencil pop. We used 3 sheets of heart hard candy molds, yielding 15 lollipops.

Old Fashioned Lollipops

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup light corn syrup

¾ cup water

1 tsp Professional Strength Flavoring

¼ tsp Liquid food coloring

Candy Thermometer

Lightly spray molds with cooking spray and insert pencil pops into your molds.

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In large saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.Bring mixture to a boil without stirring. This syrup gets very hot. Children must watch the next steps from afar!

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When syrup temperature reaches 260°F, add the coloring.DO NOT STIR; boiling will incorporate the coloring into the syrup.

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Remove from heat at 300°.Watch closely from 260° to 300°, the temperature will rise quickly.Remove from heat.When boiling has stopped, stir in flavoring.I then CAREFULLY pour the mixture into a heat proof ceramic pitcher or glass batter bowl.This makes it easy to pour into the molds.It also allows you to be able to slightly reheat the mixture in the microwave if it cools too quickly. Immediately pour syrup into the molds.

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After lollipops have cooled they may be removed from the molds. Stick pencil in pencil pop.

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We wrapped with lollipop bags and ribbons.

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Enjoy! Have a great weekend!

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