How to make homemade lollipops

    Posted by  ·  March 30, 2011

    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

    food coloring

    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.

    Fill molds.

    Allow to cool until candy is set. Remove clip from mold then remove mold from lollipop.


    Allow to completely cool on a flat surface. Once cooled place in sucker bags, tie shut and share with friends!

    You can even make the lollipops opaque. See my Tips For Making Lollipops. You might also like to have your lollipops fit on top of a pencil. See how to with Pencil Pops.

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    1. Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
      I wd. like to get supplies to get the supplies to make the lollipops.
    2. Linda Hill
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      I tried the lollipops they came out great. Mio flavor is the stuff in a little jug that we buy and you add it to your water to make different flavors. Like berry flavor and lemonade , grape. Hope you can get them. They work great.
      Sunday, November 17th, 2013
      Dear Madam, kindly let me know where can I get those metal moulds because in Chennai only plastic moulds are available.

      Thank you and awaiting for your earlier reply.
      Sunday, November 17th, 2013
      Dear Madam, this is in connection with your lolly pop mould and could you please mail me where can I get those moulds because here only plastic moulds are available(I am in Chennai).

      Thank you very much and waiting eagerly for your earlier mail about the moulds.

      Vasantha Vijaya Raghavan.
    5. Linda Hill
      Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
      I just found this recipe and just received my metal molds and sticks . Will make them right now. I hope Mio works as a flavor. Wish me luck and I will be back to let you know how they turned out.
      • Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
        Hi Linda, I hope you love the molds, I do! What is Mio flavor?
    6. Juliette Herbst
      Saturday, July 27th, 2013
      Why do thelollipos come loose from the sticks?
    7. Michele
      Friday, September 21st, 2012
      Thanks for carrying these sucker molds in your store. I have been wanting to try these for a while, but its soooo hard to find the actual metal sucker molds. I bought some and they were fun and easy to make.
      • Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
        Thanks so much Michele!
    8. hannah
      Saturday, July 21st, 2012
      wow i signed up for making loillipops for the food confection thing at my local fair so goo job showing me how to make them
    9. Cherie
      Friday, October 7th, 2011
      Where do you get the ghost molds and ghost eyes? I have never seen anything like that here.
    10. Miranda
      Friday, April 1st, 2011
      HOORAY! I have been searching for these metal molds for years! Now I can return my sisters molds that I borrowed from her. :)
    11. Friday, April 1st, 2011 sweet. I must try.
    12. Thursday, March 31st, 2011
      Wow! How much fun is that? I can't wait to try this when my granddaughters come for summer vacation. The more I look, the more great ideas I find. Keep up the good work. Could I share this recipe on my blog?
    13. Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
      wow my aunt used to make lollypops and i had totally forgotten until i saw this post!! thanks for the memory jog!
    14. Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
      those are so sweet! love it!
      would make a great party gift!
    15. Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
      Cool!! I never knew that they had metal ones, like this. You displayed the process very well :)