A sweet obsession

I have not tackled candy making out of fear of working with burning hot sugar. I read this favorite blog recently and started obsessing about making lollipops. I was in our local chain craft store and saw lollipop sticks. I tossed them in the cart and made a beeline for the cake/candy aisle for lollipop supplies…..determined to just make them and get them off my mind. I bought all the supplies, checked out and headed for a kitchen store to buy an accurate thermometer.

Not many supplies needed — a good candy thermometer & molds & sticks:
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The ingredients are very simple — sugar, corn syrup & water, flavor & color. Put the first three in a pot and start heating:
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It doesn’t take long for the sugar syrup to get hot. After adding flavor and color, I spooned the syrup into molds. I put a candy heart in the molds for fun:
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Hmmmm…..guess I should have bought more than one mold. I had lots of syrup left so I just spooned it on a greased cookie sheet and stuck some sticks in. They set in about 10 minutes. Very easy to pop out of the mold and pry off the cookie sheet. Alas, I should not have popped them out over a tile table. I now have jagged shards of candy all over the room.
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Don’t they look sweet all wrapped and ready?
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And they taste good too!
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Instead of putting the obsession to rest by making these, I feel it growing. I NEED more molds, flavors, and colors! More sugar! More candy! With Easter around the corner, this seems like the perfect time to indulge in my new hobby.

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  1. Cheryl said

    Ive never made hard candy before! This looks like fun!

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