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 homemade hard candy?! 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 learn how to make hard candy for birthday parties, holidays, fundraisers, or just for fun? Most of the ingredients you already have at home.
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Suckers Candy Supplies
Sucker molds (or lollipop molds) 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!
I buy LorAnn Oil Flavor from Amazon, because the taste is more “realistic” than other brands. They also have a huge variety of flavors!
Some craft stores sell LorAnn Oil Flavors, as do many bakery supply stores.
Other Sucker Supplies You’ll Need
- Sucker sticks
- Sucker bags
- Candy Thermometer
- Pourable glass container (optional)
Homemade Lollipops Ingredients
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- LorAnn Oil Flavor (you’ll use one whole small bottle- 1 dram)
- Food coloring (regular food coloring or gel food coloring both work well)
How to Make Lollipops
STEP 1. If you are using metal molds, seal up your molds with the clamps that came with the molds and add your stick. Arrange the lollipop molds on a lightly greased cutting board, cookie sheet, or marble slab (just spray with a little cooking spray).
If using plastic hard candy lollipops 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 because 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 lollipop 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 lollipops.
I hope you try making your own homemade suckers now that you now how to make lollipops! 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, a specific holiday, and more!
I used this same concept to make edible sea glass for my daughter’s under the sea and mermaid parties. Guests LOVED this homemade hard candy!
Happy sucker making!