Homemade suckers have been a favorite treat to make with the family for decades. They’re especially great for holidays!
We love to make these every year for Valentines Day, because it’s easy to make a whole bunch to give away! If you need more homemade candy ideas for Valentines, try Cream Cheese Mints or Caramel Candy.
Fun for Kids and Adults Alike!
Every year all the girls in the family get together to make Homemade Suckers. This year was no different. We got together last week and made Cherry, Cinnamon and Butterscotch Suckers, and they turned out delish!
We use molds my mom got 20+ years ago. They are such a handy thing to have around that we have added to our collection over the years.
The kids love all the different shapes and, not only do they enjoy helping make the suckers, but they love eating them too. I would be lying if I said I didn’t like them cuz they are so good! 😉
They’re great for gifting for holidays like Valentines Day, using as party favors, or just for fun. I decided to make a tag to go with them as well, which you’ll find below.
What You’ll Need…
Grab the following supplies and get ready to make the best homemade suckers!
- MOLDS: The easiest place to find and purchase molds for your suckers would be online. You can also find them at any craft store that sells baking supplies. I use metal molds, but you can also use silicone as long as they are temperature resistant. It is important to check the label carefully, because not all molds are temperature resistant even though they may look the same.
- FLAVORING: We used cherry and cinnamon this time around for Valentines, but there are so many options out there! We especially like the LorAnn Oils brand.
- COLORING: I’ve had the most success with gel food coloring. Pick any color you like!
- CANDY THERMOMETER: If you don’t have a candy thermometer I would highly suggest getting one to make homemade suckers. It will make the process so much easier, but it is possible to make suckers without a thermometer (see note below about the hard crack test).
- SUCKER STICKS: These should be easy to find at pretty much any craft store, but you can always order them online!
How to Make lollipops
PREP. Put molds and sticks together. Place on cookie sheet and spray. Put cookie sheet in freezer until candy is ready.
COOK. Put all of the ingredients except flavoring and color in a pan. Cook to hard crack stage (300 degrees). Add flavoring and coloring. Stir about two minutes.
To do the hard crack test without a candy thermometer..
- Once the syrup starts boiling, take a spoon and drop a little bit of the syrup into a bowl of really cold water.
- Take the syrup out of the cold water, if it forms hard, brittle threads that break without bending at all (this is the hard crack stage) it is done. If the syrup is squishy or bends before breaking it still needs to cook a little longer.
- CAUTION: To avoid burns, let the syrup sit in the cold water for a few seconds before taking it out.
POUR & SET. Pour into molds. Let set for 10-15 minutes before removing the molds and taking the suckers off the pan.
Yield: I can get about 6-10 suckers per batch but it all depends on how big your molds are.
Tips + Tricks
A few things to keep in mind while making these suckers…
- Do not stir the mixture once it starts to boil.
- It is best to make homemade suckers on days that the weather is dry. Making them on humid days can cause the suckers to absorb extra moisture from the air and cause the lollipops to not harden completely.
- Spraying/greasing the molds before you put the mixture in them will prevent the candy from sticking to the molds. They should easily come out after they have hardened. The suckers should be ready to take out of the molds after 10-15 minutes of setting.
- Do not try cooling the suckers in the fridge or freezer.
- Once the suckers harden you can easily break off any pieces that have oozed out of the mold.
- Store them in an airtight container in a cool and dry place. Do not store them in the fridge or freezer. If stored correctly, they can last for a few months.
lollipop recipe Variations
Want to change it up? No problem!
- Mold Shapes: I’ve added so many different shapes to my collection over the years. It’s handy to have several of the same shape in the same and different sizes.
- Embellishments: add sprinkles or candies—for example we love adding candy eyes for halloween
- Colors/Flavors: You can easily change up the color and flavors you use for these suckers.
- Red coloring could be paired with cinnamon, cherry or strawberry flavoring.
- Orange coloring with orange flavoring.
- Purple coloring with grape flavoring.
- Green with lime or watermelon flavoring.
For more candy recipes, try:
Homemade Sucker Recipe
- Sucker sticks
- Sucker molds
- Candy thermometer
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp food coloring
- 3-5 drops flavoring cherry or cinnamon
- sucker sticks
- candy thermometer
- Put molds and sticks together. Place on cookie sheet and spray. Put cookie sheet in freezer until candy is ready.
- Put all of the ingredients except flavoring and color in a pan. Cook to hard crack stage (300 degrees).
- Add flavoring and coloring. Stir about two minutes.
- Pour into molds. Let set for 10-15 minutes before removing the molds and taking the suckers off the pan.
EXTRA STEP FOR BUTTERSCOTCH/CARAMEL SUCKERS
- *Add ½ c. melted butter at 275 degrees. Mix and bring to 300 degrees and continue with Steps 3 & 4
add tags to your suckers:
All you need are:
- Glue Stick
- Bags (found at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s)
- Save and Print your tags. To do this CLICK on the image above and PRINT.
- Cut into long strips.
- Add bags to tops of suckers and wrap tags around. Stick together using glue stick.
- Cut ends off in a triangle form.
Now your kids can give away cute suckers for Valentines. And what’s great is you can make them for Valentines and then get other molds to make for through out the year. We still use the heart molds, but we also have circles, flowers, Halloween and Christmas molds too. SWEET!
These tags would also work well for the Melted Chocolate Candy Suckers that you can find the molds for at the craft store.
So easy and then turned out so good! Thank you for sharing this with us!
You are welcome! Glad to share! Thank you!
Just a couple questions. When it reaches 300 do you remove from heat then add flavor and color or keep on the heat and stir for two minutes? Also, for the butterscotch/caramel you don’t need to add any extra flavor or color? I do t want to ruin it… thank you! They sound wonderful and pretty easy!!
No, you do not remove from heat before adding color & flavor. For the butterscotch suckers, add ½ c. melted butter at 275 degrees. Mix and bring to 300 degrees and continue with Steps 3 & 4
Way easier to make than I would have thought. My kids love giving these to friends.
Turned out awesome! Thanks!
You are so welcome! Glad they did! Thank you!
Love this recipe, five stars. Thanks!!!!! 😁😁😁🍭🍭🍭
You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Two questions. First, can you use the plastic molds that are made by Wilton or a similar company? Second, I only have molds to make 6 suckers at a time so can you leave the rest of the mixture in the pan until the other ones harden up and you can pour the next batch? Thank you very much
I always use metal molds, so I have not tried the plastic ones. You would want to make sure they are temperature resistant. It is important to check the label carefully, because not all molds are temperature resistant even though they may look the same. As far as leaving the mixture in the pan, I haven’t tried that either. But I’m not sure how well it would work out. You would have to make sure the mixture doesn’t cool at all or it will harden in the pan, but you don’t want it to get too hot either or it could burn. So you could try it and just keep a super close eye on that temperature?
I’ve looked numerous places for the metal heart shaped molds. Can you tell me where you purchases them, please? I need about 10 of them, different sizes if possible.
The easiest place to find and purchase molds for your suckers would be online. You can also find them at any craft store that sells baking supplies. Kristyn uses metal molds, but you can also use silicone as long as they are temperature resistant. It is important to check the label carefully, because not all molds are temperature resistant even though they may look the same. I believe that Kristyn’s mom got the molds in the photographs years ago, so I’m don’t have an exact store to tell you to purchase from. But I’d suggest searching online!
What is the safest way to pour it into the molds? My pan has no pouring lip.
You could try using a small funnel or a liquid measuring cup. Something that is heat resistant to the high temperature. You could even try a metal ladle or large spoon and just dish it into the molds.
My mom always made suckers like this… where do you get sucker sticks, supplies etc
You can get a lot of the supplies at a craft store…. most carry candy/sucker sticks, food coloring, etc. But online is always a great option too!
Can I use light corn syrup
Yep, that’s perfect!
What is the recipe for the light and airy candy that you dip in chocolate that I can’t remember the name and please
Ooh we have lots of yummy candy recipes that we dip in chocolate! Not exactly sure which one you are thinking of, but here is our list of candy recipes. Hopefully you see it in there! https://lilluna.com/category/recipes/desserts-recipes/candy/
These are so fun to make with the kids. I love that you can use any flavor or shape for the suckers.
These are so fun for valentines day, and especially to make with kids!
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!
I am trying to find the molds you show on this web page. They are the metal banded ones with the u shaped clips. I use to love making them for my family when I was in the Marines back in 1985. After many moves they were lost in transit. Now that I have retired I would love to make them for my grand kids. I can find everything I need to make them but those type of molds. Do you know where I could purchase any of these type molds?
The molds in the photos are family molds that have been used for 20+ years. But your best bet in finding ones like this would be searching online. A local craft store that sells baking supplies may have them too. Silicone ones also work too as long as they are temperature resistant, if you aren’t able to find any metal ones.
Is there a measurement for 3-5 drops of flavoring? I have the lor-Ann oils and they don’t drop out, they pour. I don’t want to add too much or not enough
I don’t have a specific amount for a drop… but it would be a very small amount. So if pouring, I’d probably just pour a tiny bit and then you can adjust from there if you need more flavor.
We just made these tonight for our Halloween party. We made them in bat molds with a mealworm tucked inside each 😂
I have been looking for these molds! We use to have home parties and buy them with all the supplies. I am kicking myself for getting rid of my collection.
Do you remember the name of the company or where I could purchase the molds?
I love this!! Thanks! I have made it over 20 times it’s so easy. Works out great everytime.
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