- Makes 6 large or 12 small lollipops.
- Vegetable oil or spray vegetable oil
- 6-12 lollipop sticks
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 teaspoon mint or other flavoring
- 4 or 5 drops of red or green food coloring
- 1 roll thin, shiny ribbon
- Small Styrofoam tree-shaped cone
- Masking tape
Grease small cookie cutters with oil. Also grease cookie sheet. With a mallet, pound the end of the stick to flatten as much as possible. Lay cookie cutters over top of about 1″ end of thin lollipop sticks, placing onto greased baking sheet. Mix corn syrup, sugar, and water in heavy saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Boil over medium heat (do not stir now) until temperature reaches 295° on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in flavoring and coloring. Immediately pour into cutters to depth of 1/8 inch. If candy mixture runs outside of molds, gently push it back in with a lollipop stick that has been sprayed with vegetable oil. Allow molds and candy to cool, then remove from cookie sheet. Trim any excess candy. Wrap a tree-shaped cone with thin, shiny ribbon, attaching ribbon at base with tape and winding it around to the top of the cone, covering any foam area showing. Insert lollipop sticks into cone. This makes a great centerpiece for a kid’s party, and it’s edible.