I first began making hard-candy lollipops for my store in
Chester Virginia. Soon I was making batches for school fun raisers and gifts for friends. The design and color can be changed to match the holiday.
This is a fun and easy recipe to make hard-candy lollipops.
You can purchase hard-candy molds online or buy metal molds at local craft stores. I prefer to use the metal molds, then the plastic ones. After getting burned when the candy had melted through the plastic mold. It is very important to use a hard-candy molds that can be used with candy that reaches 300 degrees. You can not use molds that are used for chocolate candy, these molds can not handle the high heat.
You will need the following:
pan spray for molds
lollipop molds for hard-candy
aluminum foil, to protect surface area
To start cover table with aluminum foil, lightly spray with pan spray. Place ingredients on the table. Take two pieces of aluminum foil and roll them in to a long piece. This you will use on the side of your molds to hold up lollipop sticks. Prepare your molds by lightly spraying them with pan spray.
In a sauce pan, place the ingredients that are listed below.
You will need the following ingredients for hard-candy:
1/3 cup of corn syrup
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of butter
about 3 tablespoons of flavored kool-aid mix, for flavor and color.
On the stove put a cup of ice cold water, to test candy. When a small amount of melted sugar is added to ice water it should become hard.
Melt sugar on medium heat, stirring just until sugars are melted together. Do not over stir as this will cause the sugar to get bubbles and sugar crystals. Once sugar comes to a boil, lower the heat. Let boil for 15 minutes more. Test a small amount in ice cold water to see if it forms a hard ball.
Once sugar has reached the hard-candy stage let sit for a few minutes, no longer, as candy gets hard quickly.
Pour candy into molds, then insert lollipop sticks. Give sticks a twist so that the candy rolls around bottom of stick. The rolled aluminum foil will hold sticks up in place. Let lollipops cool for 20 to 30 minutes before removing them from molds. If candy sticks to mold, place bottom of mold in cold water.
Place lollipops on lightly sprayed aluminum foil on flat surface to harden more.
Adding a little extra design.
There is a few fun things you can do to add design to lollipops. You can add little candies in bottom of mold before adding melted sugar on-top. Remember the bottom of your mold is the front of the lollipop.
Another thing you can do, is remove the lollipop before it has hardened and take a cookie cutter that has been lightly sprayed with pan spray and push it into the center of the lollipop. This will give it a nice design, to highlight the design you can use line frosting sold in the cake decorating area of the craft store. Let the frosting dry completely before wrapping lollipops.
A harder version is making a tie-dye design.
For this you would take a piece of aluminum foil rolled up into a coil. Place into mold before pouring melted candy. You make two batches of candy using different colors and flavors. Using a spoon pour alternate colors within the spirals. Remove the aluminum foil coils, colors will run into each other.
The more you experiment with different designs, you will fall in love with making lollipops.