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Cherry Lime Lollipops

Cherry Lime Lollipop Recipe

These easy homemade lollipops taste amazing! Made with 5 simple ingredients, and endless flavor options, this is about to be your new go-to candy recipe!

Kids, and adults, of all ages will go crazy for this easy sucker recipe!

This candy is made with just 5 ingredients:

  • Fruit juice
  • Lime zest
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Corn syrup

The secret? Invest in a quality candy thermometer ( affiliate link to my fave). Cooking to the right temperature is key.

We love that you can really play around with the flavor combination.

I decided to make a cherry lime flavor. The citrus paired with the sweet cherry gives these a sophisticated taste with a stunning appearance.

But you can easily change the fruit juice to fit your families tastes!

I did not have a candy mold (affiliate link to my fave) when I made this recipe. Turns out you really do not need one.

How to make suckers without a mold:

  1. Add a hefty amount of powdered sugar to a jelly roll pan.
  2. 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.
  3. Place a stick in the center of each circle gently pressing into the sugar.
  4. Pour your candy into the mold and let set 10-15 minutes.
cherry lime suckers

How long to homemade lollipops last?

If stored properly, homemade suckers can last up to two to three weeks. I suggest wrapping each individually with plastic wrap. Store in an air tight container.

TIP: If you add any type of caramel or chocolate to the container your suckers will soak up the moisture and become sticky. Try to keep them in their own container or a container with other hard candies.

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How to make homemade suckers:

Cherry Lime Suckers

Cherry Lime Suckers

Yield: 24 suckers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Set Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These easy homemade suckers taste amazing! Kid and adult approved, and you don't even need a candy mold! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cherry juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup

Instructions

  1. Cover 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 gently pressing into the sugar.
  2. Place the cherry juice into a pan. Boil until reduced to 2 tablespoons. 
  3. Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a separate pan. Heat to a boil and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 300 degrees F.
  4. Working quickly, pour the sugar mixture into a large measuring cup. Stir in the reduced juice and lime zest with a silicone spatula. Pour into the molds and allow to set for 15-20 minutes
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Cleopatra

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

They look amazing! Could you tell me how many lollipops cames out from this recipe??

Jesseca

Friday 5th of October 2018

Hi Cleopatra, It's been a while since I have made this recipe. I believe we got 8-10 but I could be wrong.

Misty

Wednesday 7th of September 2016

Would Arrowroot flour work as the molding substrate?

Jennifer

Tuesday 17th of September 2013

Will this method still work if I use a mold because I want the lollipops in a particular shape?

Jen

Monday 3rd of June 2013

Taste was dead on, but I had to cook mine to a higher temperature to set. Have you made it with different flavors?

Emily

Tuesday 28th of May 2013

Hello!

I tried making your lollipops, and though the taste was delicious and the recipe easy to follow, my lollipops never truly hardened. After an hour of cooling, they were "chewy" and would sag and bend when I picked them up out of the molds. Any idea what I could have done wrong? I very carefully checked that the thermometer was at 300 before removing the sugar from the heat. The reduced juice had cooled down considerably by the time the sugar hit 300 - could that have had an impact?

Jesseca

Wednesday 29th of May 2013

OK, so after some research I've come to the conclusion that it might have something to do with our different altitudes. You can continue to boil your candy and test it by dripping a small drop into a cup of water. If the drop hardens your candy is ready to be poured into the mold.

Jesseca

Tuesday 28th of May 2013

Hi Emily. I'm not sure why your candies didn't harden up. I'll try to make them again today to see if the cooled juice will make a difference. (we can never have too many suckers in our house!)

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