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Tips for making lollipops

Posted by  ·  March 31, 2011  ·  Last Updated: April 28, 2016

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

food coloring

1/2 tsp liquid white food color

sucker sticks

sucker bags

twist ties

hard candy molds

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.

Fill molds.

Once lollipops have cooled enough to set, remove from molds. You have made opaque suckers.

Don’t miss these other tutorials on making lollipops

Translucent Suckers

Pencil Pops

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  2. funmilola adu olukoga
    Saturday, June 29th, 2013
    Love this site. Ve been looking for how to get a recipe for lollipop and easy way of doing. Thanks to you.
  3. Veronica
    Monday, November 26th, 2012
    Look ladies what I found, just in time for Christmas or anytime! Check out this site: http://www.getsuckered.com/Category/Stainless-Steel-Molds.aspx?sortorder=1&page=2

    This is a fun site, thanks for sharing and getting me excited again about being a kid and a fun adults...
  4. Duke Decker
    Saturday, September 29th, 2012
    I can not find lollypop molds on line. any one? please. I am 74 years old and need some help. I am surprised that I can not order them from this site. :-(
  5. Thursday, March 31st, 2011
    I have always wanted to know how to do these, when I was a kid a lady at church made tons of these for us girls to sell to earn money for girls camp. We loved them and my parents ended up buy a lot :)
  6. Thursday, March 31st, 2011
    never made lollipops, thanks for making this look so easy!
    love the look of the opaque ones!
  7. Thursday, March 31st, 2011
    Looks yummy! Yet another reason for me to get a more reliable candy thermometer. Mine simply cannot be trusted anymore. :)
  8. the Kempiak Party of Five
    Thursday, March 31st, 2011
    I'd love to make these for my son's 6th birthday but having a hard time finding metal molds. I'd love a number 6. Do you have any good sites for me to find? (His birthday is on Easter).
  9. Thursday, March 31st, 2011
    Thank you! Duh! I love making lollipops, and am planning on making some for my daughter's upcoming birthday party. I love the look of the opaque ones! I had never thought of that. I even have some white on hand. Seriously. Thank you!! They're gonna be lots cuter now!