Kids of all ages will delight in these colorful taste treats made in your own kitchen! Shiny and bright, these lollipops will make fine treats to give to loved ones and friends.
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 package wooden stick
- Cook sugar, corn syrup and water in the top of a double boiler over high heat. Do not stir mixture but cook to just past the crack stage (see note).
- Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring and extract. Pour into lollipop molds or onto a greased sheet of wax paper to form disks. Press a lollipop stick or string loop into each disk and allow to cool.
Makes 32 lollipops.
Tip: 'Hard-crack' is a test for candy at which point a drop of the syrup immersed in cold water separates into hard, brittle threads. On a candy thermometer, the hard-crack stage is between 300° and 310°F (approximately 150°C to 155°C).