Whether you're charged with bringing a dessert to a holiday gathering at your retirement community or just want to gift a sweet treat to your friends, homemade lollipops are a fun and easy way to go. This recipe takes only a few minutes to make and is easy to customize, so no two batches will ever be the same!
To make these pops especially festive, we suggest you use holiday sprinkles as a mix-in. However, you can switch it up and use a crushed candy cane, nuts or dried fruit.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Holiday sprinkles
- Lollipop sticks
Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, and prepare a large ice bath. Set aside. Next, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to the edge of the pan to monitor the temperature. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved, then increase to medium-high heat and bring the mix to a boil. You'll want to use a small pastry brush dipped in water to occasionally wipe down the sides of the pan so crystals don't form.
Boil the sugar mixture for five to seven minutes, or until it reaches 310 degrees. Immediately remove from heat and gently place the pan in the ice bath. Let it sit for 20 seconds, then swirl the pan for another minute as it cools. Remove from the bath and quickly swirl in the vanilla extract. Finally, pour the syrup onto your prepared baking sheets, forming small circles. Press a lollipop stick into each candy. Sprinkle desired candy over each pop and use a toothpick to press in the decorations. Let the lollipops stand until they're hardened to the touch and completely cool.
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