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recipe: lollipops

16 lollipop sticks
1-1⁄2 C sugar
1⁄4 C light corn syrup
1⁄2 tbsp flavored oil of choice (strawberry, orange, grape, apple)
7 to 8 drops food coloring (color should correspond to the flavored oil)

1. Place granulated sugar, corn syrup, and 1⁄2 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue cooking until mixture reaches 300°F. Remove from heat, add flavored oil and food coloring, and stir until smooth.

2. Place sticks 3” apart on a silicone baking mat and slowly pour candy mixture over the top part of each stick and let cool—or you can use candy molds, following the product’s directions.

Adam’s hints:
—You can also create your own molds for these lollies. On a sheet pan spread out a 1 pound bag or box of powered sugar, use a drinking glass or cup measure to press into the powered sugar creating a circular well.
—Place the candy stick 1/2 way into the circle and pour hot candy syrup into the well. You can use any shape you like. Just make sure to have all your wells and sticks in place before the sugar mixture comes to temperature. You’ll have to work quickly because once the sugar mixture cools, it gets hard.
—This sugar mixture is VERY HOT and can burn badly so be extra careful and use oven mitts when handling as a safety precaution.

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