Make Your Own Lollipops

© Hemera/Thinkstock Few goodies are as evocative of childhood as these brightly colored sweets on a stick. Flavoring oils can

© Hemera/Thinkstock

Few goodies are as evocative of childhood as these brightly colored sweets on a stick. Flavoring oils can be purchased at health food stores-the flavor is more intense, and since, unlike extracts, they are not alcohol-based, the flavor won’t evaporate either. For more on how to make candy, and other delicious homemade candy recipes, click here.

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  • 12 lollipop sticks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 4-8 drops food coloring of choice
  • 2-3 drops flavoring oil of choice

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Line a large baking sheet with foil. Arrange the lollipop sticks on the prepared pan, spacing the sticks 4 inches apart.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a heavy saucepan over moderate heat, combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup; cook, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Cover the saucepan, increase the heat to high, and boil the mixture for 1 minute to wash down any sugar crystals. Remove the cover, and boil the syrup until it registers 310°F on a candy thermometer. Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat and set it on a wire rack.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Let the syrup cool for 5 minutes, then add the food coloring and flavoring oil of choice; stir until the color is even.
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[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Spoon the colored syrup over the top end of each lollipop stick, making a puddle about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Let the lollipops stand until they are completely cool and the candy has hardened. Wrap each lollipop in plastic wrap and secure below the candy.[/step-item]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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