Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How to Make Homemade Lollipops

Lollipops can be made from a kit (as shown) or from scratch as explained below.

The secret to making lollipops is to assemble all molds and other equipment before making the candy. Once the candy is ready, you must work quickly to get it poured and to get sticks or cords inserted before the candy hardens. If candy sets up in pan before you get it poured, it can be re-heated over low heat if it has not already hardened too much. Be careful the mixture is very hot! It hardens and cools quickly once it touches the cold metal of the molds.

Instructions: Things you will need: Vegetable oil; lollipop recipe; icing (optional); sugar Tools & Equipment: Metal lollipop molds or cookie cutters; pastry brush' lollipop sticks, popsicle sticks, gift-wrap cord, or fabric ribbon, aluminum foil; plastic wrap.

1) Assemble all molds or cookie cutters and brush inside surfaces with oil. Arrange molds, leaving room between them to insert sticks or cords. If using cookie cutters, arrange on large piece of aluminum foil.
2) Assemble sticks, or cut cord desired length if you wish to hang lollipops.
3) Prepare lollipop recipe. Quickly pour hot candy mixture into prepared molds, or in cutters about 1/8 inch deep. Once all mixture is poured, press sticks in indentions of molds, and twirl sticks to embed them in candy. If using cookie cutters, wait until candy is firm around edges but still soft in center, then lift off cutter and press stick or cord into candy. If candy hardens before all sticks are inserted, you can attach them with a small amount of hot lollipop mixture. Let cool.
4) Release shapes by lifting out of molds, or peeling away from aluminum foil if cookie cutters were used. Outline or highlight shapes with icing, if desired.
5) Wrap lollipops tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool dry place.

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