Friday is my sons last day of preschool.
It is kind of a big deal in our house. The fact that we (the parents) actually got him to the school fed and dressed throughout the year is a miracle! My little guy is NOT a morning person. In fact… there have been a few occasions where he walked into class finishing his toast or with a severe case of bedhead!
To thank the wonderful staff I decided to make them a special treat.
Suckers. Lollipops. Pops.
There are so many names for these candies.
Whatever you decide to call them, we can all agree that they are a true childhood favorite. Which is why I decided to make a grown up version for the teachers that deal with children on a day to day basis.
1. Chose your flavors.
You’ll need to pick a juice and any additional flavors you’d like to add in. I went with the classic cherry and lime combination.
2. Gather your gear.
You will need a candy thermometer, sticks, and lots of powdered sugar.
3. Follow the recipe!
Cherry Lime Lollipops
- 1/2 cup of your favorite juice
- Any additional flavor ingredients
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- Start by covering a jelly roll pan with powdered sugar. Use a round cap, shot glass, or other object to make circles into the sugar creating your mold. Make sure the bottom of the pan does not show. Place a stick in the center of each circle.
- Reduce* your juice until about two tablespoons remain.
- In a separate pan combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup. Heat to a boil and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 300 degrees F.
- Working quickly, pour the sugar mixture into a large measuring cup. Stir in the reduced juice and any additional ingredients with a silicone spatula. Pour into the molds and allow to set for 15-20 minutes
Now that you know just how easy it is to make your own lollipops, what flavor combinations are you going to use?
*To reduce the juice… simply bring to a boil and continue to stir until reduced to half.