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Lollipops are an old-fashioned sugar candy favorite. You can vary the colors or flavors to suit your tastes. Make sure you have an accurate candy thermometer for this recipe!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-1/2 tsp extract of your choice (vanilla, mint, cinnamon, coconut, etc)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Lollipop molds and sticks

Preparation:

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.

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