Making homemade suckers is really simple and fun!
We just got these new metal hard candy molds in our shop and I couldn’t wait to try them! To make suckers you need some type of molds (or you can drop spoonfuls of the candy on the top of sucker sticks) , flavorings , coloring, sucker sticks and sucker bags. Everything else you should have in your kitchen.
Homemade Lollipop Recipe
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup white (light) corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp flavoring
Grease inside of molds with shortening or cooking spray. Place molds on flat greased surface. A marble slab or or new cookie sheet works great. If using the metal molds, place clip over tabs and insert sucker stick between tabs.
Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a small sauce pan. Stir mixture over medium heat until sugar is dissolved (about three minutes). Raise temperature to medium high and cook without stirring until mixture reaches 300 – 310 (hard crack stage). This takes about 10 minutes depending on your stove. Once the mixture gets to 250 it moves quickly so watch closely. Once at hard crack stage remove immediately from heat.
Carefully stir in coloring (I used a drop of deep pink) and flavoring. Pour mixture into a glass or ceramic pitcher.