Hard Candy and Lollipop Recipe
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Hard Candy and Lollipop Recipe

Product Code: R0194

Want to learn how to make hard candy & lollipops?  We'll show you how!


RECIPE TIP:  When making hard candy, it’s important to use a flavoring that is highly concentrated. LorAnn's super-strength flavorings (candy oils) are designed withstand exposure high heat without losing flavor.
 
Visit our Learn page for more candy making tips and information about our flavorings.

Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup water
1 dram (1 teaspoon)* LorAnn Super Strength flavoring, any flavor 
LorAnn liquid food coloring or gel food coloring (as desired)
Hard candy molds (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Sucker bags & twist ties (optional)

Use of a candy thermometer is recommended

*Please note that our Cinnamon, Clove and Peppermint flavors are particularly potent. You may wish to reduce the amount used for these flavors.

Directions

Make sure your thermometer measures accurately; it should read 212° F. (100° C.) in boiling water.  Have all ingredients and tools assembled and within easy reach of the stove. The use of metal spoons and measuring utensils is recommended. Line a rimmed baking sheet/jelly roll pan with foil and lightly oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray (such as PAM). If using molds, lightly spray cavities of clean, dry candy molds with non-stick cooking spray. Insert sucker sticks.  If using molds, you may also want to spray a piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. If after pouring the syrup into the molds you have excess candy, you can pour it onto the foil for break-up candy.

  1. In a heavy (good quality) 2-quart saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. 
  2. Insert candy thermometer if using, making certain it does not touch the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring. 
  3. Early in the cooking process, "wash down" any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. 
  4. Continue to cook the syrup, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 260º F; add drops of coloring until desired hue is achieved. Do not stir; boiling action will incorporate color into syrup. 
  5. Remove from heat precisely at 300° F (temperature will continue rising), or until drops of syrup form hard, brittle threads in cold water (hard crack stage). After boiling action has ceased, add flavor and stir. USE CAUTION WHEN ADDING FLAVORING TO AVOID RISING STEAM. 
  6. Carefully pour syrup into prepared molds or onto the prepared greased and foil lined cookie sheet. (As the sugar mixture begins to set up, you may want to score with a large knife to mark squares.) Do not refrigerate. 
  7. Cool completely. Break sheet candy into small pieces and dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Store in airtight containers between waxed paper. If making lollipops, do not dust with powdered sugar, but place in sucker bags and secure with twist ties. Store hard candy in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate.
Tip:  For easy clean-up, simply soak your pot and utensils in hot water until the hardened candy is dissolved.

*Another alternative is to pour the hot candy onto a heat-resistant surface covered in powdered sugar. When the candy is slightly cooled, it can be cut with well-oiled scissors into pillow-shaped pieces (you may want to wear heat-resistant gloves, such as rubber, to protect hands from heat).

Want a quicker version? Make candy in less than 10 minutes with our Microwave Hard Candy Recipe
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Apple Queen From Canada
Candy apples?
June 23, 2021
Hello, I was wondering if I can use this recipe to make candy apples? I have been having trouble creating the perfect 'crack candy' for apples

LorAnn's Response: You can use our hard candy recipe, but you may want to use the large batch recipe so you have enough room for dipping. Search item R0196.
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BusyMomInOregon From United States
Great recipe! Don’t use Wilton icing colors.
June 21, 2021
These instructions are spot on. I went through three fails where my sugar seized up and crumbled though. I finally figured out it was the food coloring. I switched to gels and had no problem.
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Rana From South Korea
Ribbon Candy
June 20, 2021
We used the same recipe to make ribbon candy when I was a kid. When it comes out of the pan and cools a little bit, put on some rubber gloves and when it's still warm, but pliable, stretch it like taffy until it's shiny and lighter-colored. Then twist into ribbons and break apart when cool. :)
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Ellen From Philadelphia
Good recipe but flavor was weak.
June 13, 2021
I followed the recipe and added one dram of coffee flavor. After cooling and trying one the coffee flavor was very weak and took time to be noticed. Is there anything that can be done?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Ellen. Flavor can be lost through evaporation. We recommend waiting until the boiling ceases and the cooked sugar emitting lots of steam before adding the flavor.
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Margaret From United States
Easy on the flavor
May 28, 2021
Used 1 dram of watermelon and it was way too strong! Tried again using just a cap full and it was perfect! If your candy tastes bitter and medicinal try using a lot less of the flavoring.
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Devon Rodriguez From United States
Avoiding Crystallization
May 24, 2021
Recipe is great! I’ve been experimenting and have been getting consistent crystals within each batch. What do you best recommend?

LorAnn's Response: We recommend working in a kitchen with low humidity and making sure to wash down the sugar on the sides of the pan.
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Jue From St lucia
Just made my first batch ?? can you add nuts and fruit?
May 17, 2021
Rum and raisin can it be done? When should I add these please?

LorAnn's Response: If you are adding some inclusions to your hard candy, we recommend adding them after your cooked sugar has been removed from the stove and the boiling has subsided. You may want to stick with freeze dried fruits to avoid any possible crystallization or stickiness.
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stephanie From United States
question
May 16, 2021
approximately how many suckers does this make?

LorAnn's Response: The number of suckers or candy pieces will vary based on the size mold you are using and how full you are filling the cavities. We recommend having 3-4 prepared molds before you start cooking to be sure you have enough.
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Mack From United States
Can you cut the recipe in half?
May 3, 2021
I made the regular recipe, which worked amazing, grandparents loved it too. I was wondering since I have half a dram of flavoring, can this be cut in half or will some measurements be changed? If so, what are they?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Mack. We don't recommend cutting this recipe in half. To ensure your candy thermometer is not touching the bottom, but is also properly submerged in the cooking sugar, this volume is close to the minimum you'll want to cook each time.
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Lisa From Toronto
Flavoring
April 13, 2021
How much of the flavoring do you put if you want two flavors in a lollipop? So it's not too much?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Lisa! You'll want to make sure that you are staying within the recipe range. If you are mixing two flavors, try 1/2tsp of the first flavor and 1/2tsp of the second flavor.
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Inez From United States
Remelting
April 1, 2021
Is it possible to remelt these candies?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Inez. We do not recommend trying to re-melt the hard candy.
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Karen From Canada
Keep ‘em fresh longer
March 28, 2021
I’m enjoying dabbling in the world of candy making and am enjoying trying the various flavour oils. I do have one tip to share in regard to keeping lollipops fresh for longer. I store mine in a tin with a food-grade silica gel packet. Christmas lollipops will reappear for Easter!
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Xochitl From United States
How many lollipops does it make?
March 24, 2021
I have a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 lollipop molds and I am using this recipe for my business so I need to know how many this recipe makes.
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Jimmy From United States
Sour?
March 20, 2021
I want to add citric acid to make the candies a little sour. When would I add? With flavor? With color? Off heat? Have tried adding at end before pouring and the sugar burns before it gets in the molds

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Jimmy. If you want to add citric acid to your candy, wait until your cooked sugar cools to about 265 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, your citric acid will likely burn.
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Kumu From Australia
how to keep them Longer
February 8, 2021
i have used this recipe over & over and love it. Thanks for the beautiful flavours. However I use kara light corn syrup and find that lollipops start to melt after about one month. Is there a way around this? A preservative or something I can use so that I can keep them longer (to send overseas ) xx

LorAnn's Response: Hello! We're so glad to hear you enjoy the recipe. To help extend sheIf-life, we recommend substituting the liquid corn syrup with our Hi-Sweet powdered corn syrup replacement. Hi Sweet helps to repel humidity, keeping your candy from going sticky. 1 cup of Hi-Sweet is equal to 2/3 cup liquid corn syrup. You will not need to adjust the cooking temp.
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Lisa From Canada
Worked great for 1st timer!
February 7, 2021
Worked great 1st time making hard candy. It cools fast though guess I took too long to pour into various molds. Do you have a half recipe?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Lisa! We're glad to hear you enjoy the hard candy recipe. If you would like to make a smaller batch, we recommend our microwave recipe. Pay special attention to the power level of your microwave. Our recipe is based on 600-700 watts.
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Jen's Toffee House and Bakery From Show Low, Arizona
Awesome Products!
January 31, 2021
I have been using Lorann Oils since 2016. These are by far the best extract oils you can purchase on the market! Once you use their product you will be hooked. I highly recommend Lorann Oils... and you will too once you use their products.
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Justin L. From United States
Extract Flavoring
January 30, 2021
I've enjoyed your recipe and products. What temperature do I need to add your extracts?
I've been using Karo light corn syrup and notice it says added vanilla for flavoring, is this wrong corn syrup to use and possible taking the potency away from the super strength extracts.
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Janet in AZ From Canada
Microwave recipe link don’t work. Miss recipe with oils when bought
January 28, 2021
I miss the recipes included in oil purchases. Your link doesn’t work, goes from blue (to click) to grey. How can I get it?
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Tori From United States
Inconsistent results
January 16, 2021
I have made this recipe a few times, the first few times it came out great, but the last couple times it’s burned and become bitter and acrid. I’ve tried using different pots and burners on my stove. I follow the recipe to the T, and I have a non electronic thermometer, but it’s still inconsistent?

LorAnn's Response: Hi, Tori! Sorry to hear you are having some difficulty with our recipe. For consistent results, make sure to calibrate your thermometer each time you use it. Even a few degrees off can make a huge difference. For more tips and trouble shooting, visit our learn page.
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