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These cute green monster suckers taste like apple and look simply ghoulish! They are easy to make and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

While I typically lean towards chocolatey candy treats like Chocolate Turtles or Candy Rolo Bites, my kids LOVE suckers. Especially when they are as cute as these Monster suckers!! 

Green monster suckers with eyeballs

We love suckers!!

My kids love to eat suckers of all kinds. We’ve been making them for years, and when my sister was in town last week we busted out a batch.

They are SO easy to do if you have the molds and supplies. We decided that this time around we would make some monster themed suckers. I think they actually look a lot like Mike from Monsters Inc. They are just so cute! They would be perfect for monster parties or Halloween treats!

Using a candy thermometer makes the process much easier. And while pouring the candy into the molds can get messy, it is easily cleaned! So glad we had some Monster Fun in the kitchen putting together these awesome treats!!

Green food coloring and apple flavoring

How to make suckers

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

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

FLAVOR + COLOR. Add flavoring and coloring. Stir about two minutes.

SET. Pour into molds (can be purchased HERE). Add Candy eyeballs. Let set for 10-15 minutes. Remove molds and ENJOY!

Variations:

Don’t these suckers resemble Mike from Monsters Inc? I made all my suckers pretty similar, but you can change things up with these suggestions:

  • Shapes: I used circles, but you can use squares, diamonds or any other monster shape.
  • Eyes: You can see that I used both large and small eyes. You can also add more than one eye per sucker.
  • 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 color and orange flavoring.
    • Purple with grape flavoring.
    • Green with lime or watermelon flavoring
Green candy poured into sucker molds

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

I highly recommend using a Candy Thermometer to make the suckers. If you simply cannot get your hands on one, then you can try the Hard Crack Test:

  • Have a bowl of very cold water next to the stove.
  • When the syrup starts boiling drop a little bit of the syrup into a bowl of cold water.
  • After a second or two 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.

Weather can affect the way the suckers cook: Making them on humid days can cause the suckers to absorb extra moisture from the air and cause the lollipops to not harden completely. So it is best to make homemade suckers on days that the weather is dry. 

Spray the molds before you put the mixture in them. This will help prevent the candy from sticking to the molds. The suckers should be ready to take out of the molds after 10-15 minutes of setting.

Cooling: Allow the suckers to cool and harden at room temperature. Do NOT try cooling the suckers in the fridge or freezer.

Candy strands: You may notice strands of candy that have snuck out of the candy mold. Simply break off any run away pieces after the suckers have hardened. 

STORE homemade hard candy suckers in a cool dry place. They can last for several weeks. Use individual sucker wraps with twist ties to store the suckers. Keep in a container, use wax paper to separate the layers.

Monster suckers on a white background

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5 from 7 votes

Monster Suckers Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
These cute green monster suckers taste like apple and look simply ghoulish! They are easy to make and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Servings: 12
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Cool: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Equipment

  • Sucker sticks
  • Lollipop Molds

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp flavoring Use any flavor, we found apple
  • 1/4 tsp food coloring
  • candy eyeballs
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Instructions 

  • Put molds and sticks together. Place on cookie sheet and spray. Put in freezer until candy is ready.
  • Put all 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. Add Candy eyeballs. Let set for 10-15 minutes. Remove molds and ENJOY!

Nutrition

Serving: 12g, Calories: 92kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 1mg, Sugar: 24g, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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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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7 Comments

  1. Keelee Stapley says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe…it was kind of a learning curve for me since I’ve never made suckers before, but they turned out and my kids absolutely loved them. I think it’s a great tradition to start. Thank you for a fun recipe.

  2. Kristi says:

    5 stars
    I love your sucker recipe. I think they turn out delicious and the instructions are easy to follow. They can be a bit messy, but the extra candy pieces outside of the molds are great to break up and suck on. This monster version is adorable, thanks for sharing

  3. Allyssa says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this very delicious and really easy to make monster sucker recipe! Will surely have this again for sure! Highly recommended!

  4. Sara Welch says:

    5 stars
    This was such a fun and easy treat to make with my kids! They had so much fun, that we will be making, these again for Halloween! Cute idea!

  5. Krystle says:

    5 stars
    These are so fun to make and eat! My kids loved them.

  6. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    We’ve been making suckers for years! These Halloween ones are so adorable and the kids love them.

  7. Joy says:

    5 stars
    These make a great treat to take to friends!! Love the little eyeball!!