Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

Do you call these lollipops or suckers?  I grew up calling them lollipops, although it seems like suckers may be more common.

I also grew up saying soda, although my mom’s side of the family called it sodapop or just pop.

Whatever you like to call hard candy on a stick, they are easy to make and so much fun when you use these nifty molds!

A year or so ago, a friend showed me a homemade lollipop that was unlike any I had seen before.  It was a beautiful train, and when I decided that I wanted to make my own, I asked her if she could show me how she did it.

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

She graciously invited me over to make a batch of lollipops with her.  (Or as she calls them, suckers.)

The key to the neat shapes were metal molds that her mother passed down to her.

Now, one of my many weaknesses is all things food/kitchen/serving related.  When I discovered that these lollipop molds existed, I had to have them!

I ordered them from Gygi’s, but you can also find them here.

As you can imagine, the recipe is straightforward, but I’ll share some tips and tricks that I learned from my experience and also from my friend.

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

Total time to make these lollipops is about an hour.  That is because it takes at least 30 minutes for the sugar to come to temperature.  You need the recipe to reach the hard crack stage, which is 300 degrees.

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

While you are waiting for this to happen, you can prepare the molds.

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

The molds come in packs of 10.  In each pack there is a metal shape and then a little metal bracket thing.  You place the bracket over the end of the mold, and then place a lollipop stick through it.

Place the molds in a circle on the back of a level cookie sheet and spray everything with cooking spray.

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

The shorter lollipop sticks (4.5 inches) are the best length for these lollipops.

After the recipe has risen to 300 degrees, take it off the heat and let it cool to 275 degrees.  At that point, add your food coloring and flavoring.

I chose cherry flavor since all three of my kids love that flavor.  But man, my house smelled like a cough drop factory!

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

Having them in a circle facilitates the pouring of the candy since you can just move from one mold to the next with minimal mess.

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

As you can see, it took me a little practice to get it down!

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

However, don’t despair!

Even these ones that were super messy I was able to salvage.  The spilled parts broke off easily, leaving me with nice, neat-looking lollipops!

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com


My friend has a super smart idea for Valentine’s day.  She puts a conversation heart in the center of each lollipop before it cools.  This way, no matter the shape, it is “Valentine themed!”

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

To package them up, put a little treat bag over the top and then seal with tape.  I used washi tape because I have a ton of it and it is easy to tear off later.  
Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com
I bought these treat bags from Gygi’s as well, but I did not like them that much.  They are poly bags (instead of celo) which means they are not as sparkly-clear.  Also, they have this very unattractive seam at the top.  Not such a big deal, but I will not be buying more of these style bags.

Silicone molds also work fantastic for making hard candy lollipops.

A few additional tips:

  1. It is best to remove the molds while the lollipops are still warm, but not so hot that you burn your hands.
  2. One recipe makes about 12-15 lollipops.
  3. I found that about 1/2 of a 1-dram bottle of concentrated candy flavoring was the right amount for one recipe.
  4. Prepare more lollipop molds than you think you will need, just in case.  You don’t want to pour all of your lollipops and then discover that you have extra candy and no molds prepared!
  5. I simply wiped off the cooking spray from the lollipops after they had cooled completely with a clean paper towel.
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Basic Hard Candy Lollipop
Servings
Lollipops
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. flavoring Use 1/4 to 1 tsp. depending on concentration of flavoring
  • food coloring to make opaque colors, add 1/2 tsp liquid white coloring (Liquid Whitener)
  • 1/8 tsp. citric acid optional. This is to add tartness to fruit flavors. Use 1/8 tsp. dissolved in 1 tsp. warm water. Add at same time as flavoring.
Servings
Lollipops
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. flavoring Use 1/4 to 1 tsp. depending on concentration of flavoring
  • food coloring to make opaque colors, add 1/2 tsp liquid white coloring (Liquid Whitener)
  • 1/8 tsp. citric acid optional. This is to add tartness to fruit flavors. Use 1/8 tsp. dissolved in 1 tsp. warm water. Add at same time as flavoring.
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup in saucepan.
  2. Cook on high heat until mixture reaches 280 degrees F.
  3. Lower heat to Medium High. Continue to cook mixture to 300 degrees F.
  4. Remove from heat. Let stand until mixture reaches 275 degrees F.
  5. Add flavoring and coloring. Stir until blended. Do not overstir.
  6. Pour into molds.
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