Homemade Lollipops

Recipe for Homemade Lollipop DIY Unicorn Party MomMadeMoments
  • Prep Time
    15min
  • Total Time
    90min
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Homemade lollipops, why not? After I made peppermint flavoured candy canes several times during December, I decided to try my luck with lollipops too. We have a unicorn-themed birthday party coming up, so these lollipops fit right in with that theme. It also helps to know, that we won’t have to eat all those lollipops ourselves 😉

My top tips for making homemade lollipops:

It takes time to get it right. The recipe for homemade lollipops is quick and easy to make with only 5 ingredients. It takes about 15 minutes from the time you start weighing the ingredients to the finished candy. The shaping, however, takes time, as you can only do a small piece at a time. The remaining candy will get hard and unusable if left at room temperature so I used my preheated oven (set to 100 degrees Celcius) to keep the candy soft and flexible while I worked on another piece. It’s fun and challenging at the same time to get the shape, the colour combination and the thickness right before the candy hardens and breaks. My lollipops are not professional looking or the same in size and shape, but it really doesn’t matter -not to me or the kids, anyways.

If you are trying to make candy for the first time and you are doing it alone, I recommend making candy canes (you don’t have to make them Christmassy or peppermint flavoured) or simple sticks at first. It’s a little tricky to get the candy to stay on the lollipop stick and quickly twirl it without burning your hands(!!) or breaking the candy. I expected it to be a lot easier than it was, but guess I just have try it again and again. Am sure the kids are going to love that 😉

Use the right ingredients for perfect homemade lollipops

As mentioned before in the candy cane recipe, I have had a bad experience with the Magic food gel when it comes to candy making. The candy became hard and it crystallized immediately after adding the gel colour, and I couldn’t stretch it or even reheat it. I have since then used the Sugarin Gel Colours without any problems. I have not mentioned the amount of food colour in the recipe below as it depends on how dark you want the candy to be. I used 3 large drops for the pink candy and 6-7 large drops for the violet. That is why the violet candy became so much darker.

I used the Ossoro Spanish Strawberry flavour which gave a great taste of sweet strawberries. I bought the lollipop sticks on amazon.in. and the corn sirup on www.bakewala.com

Store the lollipops in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Be careful not to let the lollipops touch each other as they might stick and break when pulled apart.
The lollipops will slowly get softer with time because of the moisture in the air (at least in humid Goa) but the shape and flavour will remain the same.

Hope you have lots of fun with these. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

Yield: Approximately 25 medium sized lollipops.

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 100 degrees Celsius

Step 1
Recipe for Homemade Lollipop DIY Unicorn Party MomMadeMoments

Keep all your ingredients ready. There is very little time for this later so it's better to keep it all ready. I have weighed the sugar and corn sirup in the pan directly to make it easier to handle the very sticky corn sirup.

Step 2
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Add the water and heat on medium heat. Stir only until all the sugar has dissolved.

Step 3
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When the mixture starts to boil and the sugar has dissolved, stop stirring! Use a wet pastry brush to wet the insides of the pan. This is to make sure the sugar doesn't brown or burn on the sides.

Step 4
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Heat the mixture to 285F/140C. It takes about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat

Step 5
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Add the 3/4 tsp of strawberry flavour and stir the mixture. Make sure to keep your head slightly away as the mixture will bubble and fumes will rise.

Step 6
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Oil a tray and pour half of the candy mixture onto the tray. Place the tray in the oven.

Step 7
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Add gel colour to the other half of the candy. I have used 6-7 drops of gel colour here. Pour the candy out on the counter and wait a few minutes for a skin to form.

Step 8
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Start to stretch the candy. It will still be very warm so use protective gloves if needed. I think they are too bulky and hard to work with so I just stretch with my bare hands.

Step 9
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Stretch the candy until it turns glossy and lighter in colour. Place it back in the oven while you get to work on the other piece.

Step 10
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Add gel colour to the other half (I have used 3 drops to make a lighter pink colour) and stretch it until it becomes glossy too.

Step 11
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Place two pieces of violet and pink candy on top of each other and twist

Step 12
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Attach the end of the candy around the lollipop stick and quickly twirl the rest. Place it "face" down on the counter and press the lollipop stick into the candy to make it flatter.

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Leave the lollipops to rest on a baking sheet until they have hardened.

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