Making these lollipops have become quite addictive! It is surprising how easy and how few supplies it takes to make such awesome treats! Yesterday was my first go at making suckers with the metal molds. They were beautiful translucent lollipops. Today I made the coolest opaque lollipops.
Making the suckers opaque was easy. Just add a bit of liquid white food color.
Tips for making lollipops
Have your supplies measured and ready to go before you begin!
Spraying the measuring cup with cooking spray will make the corn syrup slide right out.
Pour hot mixture into a glass or ceramic pitcher to fill the molds. It is easier to poor and if the mixture sets up too quickly, just reheat in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
How to make opaque lollipops
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup white (light) corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp flavoring
1/2 tsp liquid white food color
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 (hard crack stage). This takes about 10 minutes depending on your stove.
Take a self portrait while you are waiting.
Once the mixture gets to 250 it moves quickly so watch closely. Once at hard crack stage (300 degrees) remove immediately from heat. Add in 1/2 teaspoon flavoring, a drop of food coloring (I used electric yellow) and 1/2 teaspoon white liquid food color to make your suckers opaque. Pour mixture into a glass or ceramic pitcher.
Once lollipops have cooled enough to set, remove from molds. You have made opaque suckers.