Homemade Suckers

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Have you made hard candy before? These homemade suckers are a family favorite that have been for decades. These treats are great for every day and for holidays!

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 and since then we’ve bought a few more, but they are such a handy thing to have around because the kids not only love helping make the suckers, but they love eating them too. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t like them cuz they are so good!

I decided to make a tag to go with them as well. Here is the recipe so you can make them too…

Homemade Suckers

5 from 1 vote
Homemade Valentines Suckers!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } The perfect Valentine treat !!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Rest 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Calories 1095 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp food coloring
  • sucker sticks
  • candy thermometer


  1. Put molds and sticks together. Place on cookie sheet and spray. Put in freezer until candy is ready.

  2. Put all ingredients except flavoring and color in a pan. Cook to hard crack stage (300 degrees).

  3. Add flavoring and coloring. Stir about two minutes.
  4. Pour into molds. Let set for 10-15 minutes.


  1. *Add ½ c. melted butter at 275 degrees. Mix and bring to 300 degrees and continue with Steps 3 & 4

Recipe Notes

TIP TO CLEAN POT AFTERWARD: Put water in pot and boil until candy comes off.

Once your suckers are made, here is what you’ll need to make the tags:

add tags to your suckers:

All you need are:

  • Tags
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Bags (found at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s)

I'm a Sucker For You Free Print

  • 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 you’re 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.


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I was so happy to come across your tags! My son just bought 30 heart suckers for his kindergarten class and we had no idea what we were going to do as tags. These are perfect! Thanks so much!!

        1. SOO cute! So glad you were able to use the tags. Thanks for sending the link. Hope the rest of your Valentine’s is wonderful! 🙂

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  3. Im curious as to how many suckers this recipe makes. Im going to try this recipe for my daughters cheer back sale. Thanks

  4. I’ve always loved the idea of making my own suckers, however I was worried that it’d be too hard to make. I’ll have to go and get a candy thermometer before I start, but it doesn’t look too difficult to find the rest of the ingredients. I can’t wait to make these with my kids now, thank you so much!

    1. I used to think the same thing, but they are actually pretty easy! Yes, you’ll need a thermometer and to watch it closely. The temp goes up pretty fast towards the end, but they are so good and your kids will love them!

    1. I don’t know an exact number, but it depends on how big the sucker molds are. It could make quite a few smaller (small circles, hearts, etc) ones. Possibly a couple dozen. Less, if they are bigger molds. I hope that helps..sorry, I don’t know an exact amount.

  5. So, the recipe doesn’t say how much flavoring to put it, and it will be too hot to taste . . . How much flavoring?? 🙂

  6. I am so excited tO find thatsomeone else uses these molds! In my case, im the mom anD my daughtee wants koldanofmher own BUt we cannot Find them. Do you sell them? Or know where to find them?

  7. I tried to make suckers according to the guidelines, but mine started burning by the time it reached 150 degrees. I made another batch and stopped at 150 degrees. The suckers came oUt really sticky. Any suggestions?