Suckers or homemade lollipops (whichever you call them)are
perfect for any holiday or birthday. Younger kids can still help
with certain steps but let the adult do the cooking on the stove
and any handling afterwards. Here is how one mom got her 4 year
old involved in helping. Thank you Cindy G. for sharing!
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Recipe for Homemade Suckers
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 light corn syrup
1/2-1 1/2 teaspoons flavoring
Put your sucker molds with the sticks in them on wax paper or a
greased cookie sheet. (I usually use waxed paper, but I didn't have
any that day)
Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan. I let my son put
everything in the pan before I turned the heat on.
The stove wasn't on in this picture.
Cook it over med-high heat, stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
Boil until it reaches the hard-crack stage, which is about 300
degree on a candy
thermometer. Remove from heat and add food coloring slowly,
then add the flavoring. (I've found that you need to add the color
first and stir and then add the flavoring, that will give it a
little time to cool before you put the flavoring in, because the
flavorings can burn and then your suckers taste burnt)
Pour slowly into the molds. Don't worry about any bubbles, they'll
go away on their own. My son and I put sprinkles on the suckers we
made, but you don't have to. Just sprinkle them on right after you
pour the syrup into the molds, don't wait too long or the suckers
will start to set up and they won't stick.
Wait until the suckers are completely cooled and remove the molds.
(be careful some of the hard candy can have sharp edges) Wrap them
individually. We put them in little snack baggies so that they're
airtight or the humidity ruins them. Enjoy, my kids did!
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