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Homemade Lollipop Bouquet for Mother’s Day

By Mihow

I have been making candy for years. But only recently did I begin to perfect the consistency and start exploring bizarre flavor and beautiful color combinations. Lollipops are surprisingly easy to make, super fun and they impress toddlers—and who doesn’t want to impress a toddler? Seriously: once you get the hang of handling molten sugar, it’s a breeze.

Today, I’m going to share with you the most basic and versatile lollipop recipe that I know. I should mention that this particular recipe uses corn syrup, which is the norm because it’s a much easier way of making lollipops. It is possible to make them without corn syrup—I do each and every day—but it’s a bit more time consuming, so I’m gonna keep it simple.

Ready? Sweet!

Lollipop Materials

* Candy thermometer
* Stainless steel saucepan
* Lollipops sticks (can be purchased at baking supply shops or craft stores such as Michaels or AC Moore).
* Lollipop molds (or cookie sheets!)
* Wooden spoon
* Ladle or spoon
* Metal bowl filled with ice water.

Lollipop Ingredients

* 1 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup lite corn syrup
* 1/4 cup water
* Flavoring (In this case: strawberry extract and rhubarb bitters)
* Food coloring (optional)
* Cooking spray (for the molds and/or cookie sheets)

Since hot sugar is only a manageable temperature for a short duration, I like to make sure I have everything ready to go before I begin.

ingredients to make lollipops

I also like to measure out my ingredients ahead of time—not that there are many!

measuring ingredients to make lollipops

Lollipop-Making Instructions

Add your ingredients to the saucepan. Over medium high heat, stir the mixture until sugar is fully dissolved.

stirring sugar in a mixing bowl

Once your sugar is dissolved, insert the candy thermometer and leave it alone. The candy will bubble and do its thing for a while. All you have to do is keep an eye on it.

While the mixture is heating up, fill a metal bowl with ice water and put that in the sink. I also spray my cookie sheets and/or molds at this point as well.

Once the mixture reaches 295 degrees or the “hard crack” stage, remove it from the heat and immediately place it into the ice water bath for about 5 to 10 seconds. This will stop the cooking process. Bring the pot back over to the stove, but you’re done cooking. The stove should be off.

Putting a hot pot into a bowl of ice

Add your flavoring. I usually add a teaspoon (or more) of extract and several dashes of bitters. I tend to lean on the liberal side when it comes to flavor, so don’t be too shy here. The natural color of the molten sugar is usually light amber in color. It picks of food coloring very well. Feel free to add whatever colors you wish. For really vibrant lollipops, you might add two to four drops of food coloring. For lighter colors, a little less. You can always add more if you want. Stir that up.

Adding lollipop flavors to pot

You’re ready to pour and stick! Some people add the sticks to the molds ahead of time. I choose not to as sometimes the sticks move as you’re pouring. I usually pour two or three lollipops, add the sticks, and then move on. You don’t want to pour too many and wait too long because the mixture firms up rather quickly especially in smaller amounts.

pouring lollipop mixture into molds

Please note! If you don’t have the time or money to buy lollipop molds, worry not! All you have to do is ladle circles onto a cookie sheet, add sticks and you’ve got yourself a lovely batch of beautiful homemade lollipops.

Awesome, right?

assortment of homemade lollipops

Serve to child or wrap up and give as a gift to someone you love.

child eating a lollipop


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About the Author

Michele Howley Boudreaux

Michele is a guest contributor. You can find her lollipops available for purchase at her Etsy shop “Lollipops by Mihow.”


Michele is a guest contributor. You can find her lollipops available for purchase at her Etsy shop “Lollipops by Mihow.”

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Hi, I'm Natalie.

That looks like far too much work! Beautiful, though!
(I am weird because I think it’s weird to see your name? =)

Granite Girl
Granite Girl

These are beautiful! Congrats on all the recognition! Hopefully this is making the time off from running a little “sweeter”?


These are beautiful and I love that you do the step-by-step with pictures! I am SO going to make these for my little girl!


I bought some lollipops from her Etsy shop and they were amazing! I got envious stares from my coworkers when I used them like a pretty little bouquet (as they are in the picture above).
Thanks for the recipe, but I’m afeared of hot sugar so I’ll leave it to the pros.

Rachel ~ Southern Fairytale

OH my gosh! I LOVE these. Thank you so much for sharing this! These look relatively easy and so delicious. I think we’ve found a summer project.


I have a ton of those molds, and I’m not sure why it never occurred to me that they could be used with anything other than chocolate. I am so excited to try this recipe!


These are beautiful and easy to make in molds.  I couldn’t achieve the perfect circle on the cookie sheet though.  They spread all out in thin blobs.  The molded ones were gorgeous.  BUT…how on earth do you clean the candy residue off of pans and utensils?  Is there a trick to it?