Suckers or homemade lollipops (whichever you call them) are
perfect for any holiday or birthday. We have two versions of
lollipops your kids can help you make.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Recipe for Homemade Suckers
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.
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 a cookie sheet. You can buy
sucker molds made from silicone or metal. **Don't use plastic molds
as the heat of the suckers will melt the plastic!
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)
Stages of candy making sugar syrup
Pour slowly into the molds. Don't worry about any bubbles, they'll
go away on their own.
You can also put sprinkles on the suckers by sprinkling 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!
Another way to make homemade suckers is using chocolate. With these
chocolate suckers, you can use plastic
molds as well as silicone.