Making homemade lollipops has proved to be one of my favorite activities with my kids thus far. They loved making these colorful, tasty creations. They were simple to make too.
Day #80 – Homemade Lollipops
March 20, 2012 by 46 Comments
I bought a bunch of hard candies at the Dollar Store – Dum Dums, Life Savers and Jolly Ranchers. The kids had fun unwrapping them and sorting them into plastic bags based on color.
The next part was my son’s favorite part. Armed with a meat mallet for the girls and a toy hammer for the little guy, they started pounding away. It sounded like a wood shop in our house for a bit, but there were smiles on every face. Make sure to do this activity on a sturdy surface such as a thick bread board.
You will end up with a rainbow of crushed candy.
I used a silicone baking mat for the next step, but I imagine you could use parchment paper or foil. We did a variety of designs. It was easiest for the girls to dump the candies in cookie cutter shapes. The more complicated shapes like the pentagon didn’t end up looking like a pentagon. The circle or egg shape worked the best. We also used whole Life Savers to try and create certain designs. Sometimes, we didn’t use the cookie cutter at all and just created our own random shapes. You’ll want to layer your candies about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Also make sure they are spaced 2 inches apart as they spread and you’ll need room to put the sticks in immediately.
Make sure all cookie cutters are removed and then bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. After you remove the baking sheet from the oven, quickly attach a lollipop stick (found in the baking section of your local craft store) or paper straw (I had purchased these cute polka dot ones on Etsy) into the base of each melted lollipop shape. Carefully twist the stick to cover the end with the melted candy. If desired, quickly sprinkle on decorative candies or sprinkles onto the hot lollipops. Cool completely, and then peel off the baking sheet to serve. The bold, whimsical look of these lollipops would add a fun element to any celebration.