They were really not hard at all.
Here is the recipe so you can make some too!
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup water
- 1-1/2 tsp extract of your choice (vanilla, mint, cinnamon, coconut, etc)
- **i used raspberry and pomegranate
- Food coloring (optional)
- Lollipop molds and sticks
1. Prepare your molds by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray and inserting lollipop sticks into the molds.
2. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Once boiling, insert a candy thermometer.
3. Allow to boil, without stirring, until candy reaches 295 degrees Fahrenheit (146 C).
4. Once the candy reaches 295 F, remove it from heat. Allow it to sit until it stops bubbling completely. Stir in the extract of your choice, and, if desired, food coloring.
5. Spoon the candy into the mold cavities, making sure to cover the back of the stick.
6. Allow to cool completely and remove once hardened.
7. Store Lollipops individually wrapped, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to a month.
Once wrapped, I cut out the sucker tag. My kids added stickers and signed their names, and well, of course I didn't get a picture of that! What a fun little treat!
I used Lori's valentine sucker file found here
Happy Valentines, and enjoy your week!