Ever wonder how to make homemade suckers that you see in almost every shape and color under the rainbow? Today I’m going to show you how to make delicious suckers at home!!
As a child, I loved when my grandma would visit us in California from Iowa. She always brought us homemade suckers in multiple colors and flavors.
What child could resist those?! I was enchanted.
My grandma passed ALL of her sucker molds, bags, sticks, oil flavors, etc. on to me. I was thrilled!!
These suckers are STILL a favorite for me to make. I use the same recipe sheet my grandma used… yes, it’s a little stained, but I just can’t bear to throw it away!
Would you like to make your own homemade suckers for birthday parties, holidays, fundraisers, or just for fun? Most of the ingredients you already have at home.
You will need sucker molds, which can be ordered online or found at some craft stores. The molds I used in this post are made by Sweet Creations, but I’ve also bought molds from Baker’s Party Shop that are very inexpensive and work great.
You’ll also need oil flavoring. Some craft stores sell these, as do many bakery supply stores. You can also buy them from Amazon– I like LorAnn flavoring oils, because the taste is more “realistic” than other brands.
Homemade Suckers Supplies
- Sucker molds
- Sucker sticks
- Sucker bags
- Candy Thermometer
- Pourable glass container (optional)
Homemade Suckers Ingredients
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp oil flavor (if you use LorAnn’s oil, it will be the whole small bottle, 1 dram)
- Food coloring (regular food coloring or gel food coloring both work great)
Homemade Suckers Directions
STEP 1. If using metal molds, seal up your molds with the clamps that came with the molds and add your stick. Arrange the molds on a lightly greased cutting board, cookie sheet, or marble slab (just spray with a little cooking spray).
If using plastic hard candy sucker molds, then spray a light coat of cooking spray in the mold.
STEP 2. Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Cook to hard crack (300 degrees F). When my thermometer is almost to 300 degrees I go on to the next step becuase the mixture will keep heating.
STEP 3. Remove mixture from heat, then add flavoring and food coloring.
When you add the flavor, it’s a good idea to turn your head. These oils are very strong, and sometimes there is a little smoke that puffs up and and is very strong. Try not to sniff it!
Stir for a minute or two to make sure that the flavoring and coloring are evenly mixed in.
STEP 4. Pour the candy into the molds. Let cool for a little while, remove the metal molds, and package the suckers inside sucker bags. You can use ribbon, twist ties, washi tape, etc. to seal these up.
If you used a plastic sucker mold made for hard candy, then just pull the lollipops out of their molds.
Wasn’t that easy? From start to finish it will take about an hour to make these homemade suckers.
I hope you try making your own homemade suckers! Once you buy the molds, you can make as many batches as you want out of them.
I love that you can personalize the colors and flavors and shapes based on your party theme, the holiday, and more.
Use this same concept to make edible sea glass for an ocean or under the sea themed party- guests LOVE this!
Happy sucker making!