I fondly remember my mom making lollipops in various flavors for us as kids. My favorite flavors were the cinnamon ones but I also loved the root beer flavor. I recently got into making hard candy, and the candies I made here are lemon flavor. I haven't made a career out of making hard candy, and honestly never could, but it's an easy and fun way to make some yummy candies at home.
I learned the hard way how bloody hot the syrup is. Molten sugar on your skin basically feels like you've just poured lava on yourself. It's not such a good feeling so please be super careful.
There are so many flavor options as well. I get my flavoring, which come in drams (single recipe servings), and candy molds from LorAnn. I get my lollipop sticks from a craft store.
They have a million different flavors such as blueberry, caramel, cinnamon, cherry, root beer, strawberry, peppermint, and blackberry. The coloring is just basic food coloring available at the supermarket.
The molds I use are for both lollipops and jewels. Lollipops are fun to make for the kiddos. You can also package them in a cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon for a cute gift or party favor.
2 c. sugar
2/3 c. light corn syrup
3/4 c. water
1 dram (1 t.) flavoring
couple drops food coloring
candy thermometer (if you have one)
powdered sugar (optional)
Lightly oil molds or a baking sheet (for randomly shaped pieces).
In a large saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, and water. Over medium heat, stir until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil without stirring.
When syrup reaches 260*, add a few drops of food coloring.
Don't stir the mixture. The boiling will distribute the coloring.
It really won't take long for the color to work it's way through.
If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can test the doneness of the syrup by dropping a few drops of syrup into cold water.
If it forms hard, brittle threads in the cold water, it's ready.
If you have a candy thermometer, you're looking for 300*. When you reach this stage, remove pan from heat. When the boiling stops, add the flavoring and stir. Be careful because sometimes it will bubble up and the steam can be pretty potent, especially if you're using a strong flavor like cinnamon.
Pour syrup into molds or baking sheet. If you use a baking sheet, you can score shapes with a knife after it sets up a bit.
When cool, break apart pieces of candy. You can dust the pieces lightly with powdered sugar to prevent them sticking together as you store them. Keep in airtight container.
Enjoy your old fashioned hard candy!