I have been kind of taking it easy in the kitchen lately with my first couple recipes being no-bake. I wanted to ease you into the Twelve Days of Christmas Treats before I went a little crazy. There is nothing really crazy about these homemade lollipops, just that it isn’t often people decide to make their own lollipops. There is also a rumor going around that recipes like homemade lollipops and hard candy are too difficult. They’re not difficult at all, and I actually had a ton of fun making these.
I will be honest that this was the first time that I have made these. I have made 3 batches since then. These cute little lollipops are going wrapped in our Christmas Treat boxes along with the Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters, No-Bake Pretzel Squares and the rest of our goodies from my baking marathon.
This year I forgot to send out Christmas cards. OOPS. Usually, I book a date with a photographer for early November. I make sure to schedule a time strategically around each child’s nap and eating habits (which is virtually impossible because not a single kid does a single thing at the same time as another one. Multiply by 3). Then, wrangle the kids and The Mr. into coordinating sweater variations, drive them 50 miles into town where we wait our turn to pay a ridiculous amount of money for the one or two shots where my eyes aren’t closed or a kid isn’t crying.
I tossed around the idea of doing some candid shots out in the wilderness (read: my yard) to do a DIY Christmas card type thing but went outside in the cold one day and quickly changed my mind. There was even a moment where I decided that I was going to purchase some blank cards, stamps, and stencils and let the kids have at it. Everyone loves to get a creative Holiday card made with love, right? Well, I never got around to it. Turns out our annual Christmas card is missed because The Mr. was getting phone calls about lack of receipt!
I have been baking about 3 Christmas treats a day, for 3 days in a row. Twelve Days of Christmas Treats, remember?? I am surrounded by literal mounds of cookies, candies, suckers, fudges, and other sweets that I won’t eat. (but not for lack of trying!). This year, our annual Holiday card has morphed into a custom created bag of homemade Christmas goodies.
There was a moment in my kitchen earlier this week where I was thinking to myself that perhaps I’d bitten off more than I could chew with this lollipop making. I’m all for these vintage and antique recipes, especially since I discovered Click Americana. There was a time when you couldn’t order 5 pounds of lollipops and suckers delivered to your door in less than an hour courtesy of Amazon. People created these sweet treats right in their kitchen. I have become one of those people. It was fun. You’re going to have fun too, promise.
I do have a few suggestions for this recipe.
Have an extra set of hands. The candy hardens really quickly so some of my sticks were not stuck as they should be, nor were my sprinkles. Usually, I have all kinds of tiny hands wanting to help in the kitchen but, surprisingly everyone took a nap.
Use sturdy sticks like these from Wilton
Use a silicone baking mat. It is much easier than using parchment paper or wax paper.
Set up your stuff so it’s easier to grab and dab.
Homemade Lollipop Recipe
These homemade holiday lollipops are the perfect treat
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2/3 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
- 1/4 cup Water
- Lollipop Sticks
- Sprinkle or candy
- 1 large bowl Ice Water Make sure that the pan you are using to cook the candy will fit inside this bowl. Water will go up the side of the pan to cool, but no water should get into the pan.
- Candy thermometer
In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and Karo syrup over Medium-High heat.
Place the candy thermometer in the pan, making sure it is not touching the bottom of the pan.
Stir consistently as the mixture comes to a boil.
Once at a boil, you no longer need to stir
Boil to a Hard Crack stage - about 300 degrees.
I add 3 degrees because of an old wives tale.
Remove the pan from the stove and transfer to the bowl of ice water, covering the bottom and sides with water.
Swirl the mixture around as it cools for about 10 seconds.
I transfer the mixture to a Pyrex measuring cup with a spout to pour easily.
Working quickly pour the mixture into 2-inch circles on to the baking mats or parchment paper.
Quickly roll the sticks in the circles to set.
Add sprinkles or candy if desired