Ready for a festive treat that’s really fun to make and even more fun to give!? They do require a little (easy) prep-work because you want to make sure you have a candy thermometer, yummy flavored extract, and cute sprinkles on hand, as well as lollipop sticks and baggies to wrap them in. We made ours mostly as a fun activity but also to add to our BOO BAGS… one of our favorite Halloween traditions! If you’re not sure what boo-ing is or need a cute download, you can checkout the post we did for Crate & Barrel a few years back! This year we’re using this set from OILYAY, but also wanted to include a few extras like these lollipops… Keep scrolling for the recipe!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons flavored extract (we used vanilla, but there are lots of flavors to choose from)
- Sprinkles! (we used these stars and sanding sugar, but love the sprinkles from this shop)
- Lollipop sticks and baggies (we bought this set)
- Candy thermometer
- READ INSTRUCTIONS ALL THE WAY THROUGH!!!
- Line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Get your extract, sprinkles and lollipop sticks out and ready to use. Fill a large heat resistant bowl or your sink with ice water and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan combine and gently stir sugar, corn syrup, and water making sure to remove any granules from the sides of your pan to prevent crystals from forming. Rest your candy thermometer in the pan and place over medium-high heat. You won’t need to stir at all, but you will want to keep an eye on your sugar mixture!
- Allow mixture to bubble and boil until candy thermometer reaches the hard-crack stage at 310 degrees. Quickly remove and place in ice bath for 10-15 seconds while swirling mix to help it cool down a little. Remove from ice bath and carefully stir in flavoring.
- Working CAREFULLY + quickly (keeping kids away from the pan and pour), pour sugar mix into 2-3 inch circles on prepared baking sheets. Press lollipop sticks into circles and freckle with sprinkles. NOTE: they won’t fit in candy bags if much bigger than 3 inches. That being said, the first few might be a little all over the place and make very organic shapes but don’t stress. The mix gets easier to work with as it cools a little! onto prepared baking sheets.
- Allow lollipops to cool completely before removing from parchment paper. Wrap up and share with friends!
I was a little skeptical when the lollipops turned out a little yellow, but they look really cute all wrapped up and are fun to eat too! The kids were excited during the entire process which was probably my favorite part!
What are your favorite fall treats to make?