DIY – How to make lollipops?

This is a Foodie Fridays - TGIF! It's time to get fat on Fridays! entry under my themed blog posts! For more info about this Singapore Food themed blog posts, do read the entry here.

My BBF (Best Booby Friend) Fidelis and I have been talking about baking, cooking and doing some diy stuff together for ages! We went for the Chocolate Masterclass recently but the last time we had a session was the tragic baking incident during Easter like 3 years ago? On a side note, Fidel and I will be neighbours in future! Well, not the next block or something but we'll be fellow Punggolians! (yes, I'm calling people who stay in Punggol that. :p)

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We finally managed to fix a date and I visited Fidel's place to make lollipops! We used the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes but we adapted it as we didn't use flowers.

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Hard candy recipe from SprinkleBakes.

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Ingredients needed:
4 cups sugar
1 and 1/3 cup corn syrup
1 and 1/3 cup water
2 dram bottle candy flavoring oil
20 lollipop sticks

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We used a lollipop mold (but you can also choose to go freehand without a mold). Lightly grease it with cooking spray.

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As we didn't use any flowers, we decorated with these instead!

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We then stirred together the sugar, corn syrup and water in a pot. We clipped on a candy thermometer to the side of the pan to ensure that we got the correct temperature. Apparently Fidel has attempted making lollipops before but did not measure the temperature properly back then. The results were not ideal :/

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Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Continue to heat without stirring until the bubbling mixture reaches the hard-crack stage (302 degrees F). Temperature is very very very important!

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Remove pan from heat. Stir in flavoring oil and a small amount of gel food coloring. Be extra careful because the mixture will bubble and sputter with these additions.

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When the mixture has stopped bubbling, drop it into molds by the spoonfuls using a metal spoon. Use the end of a lollipop stick to slightly press it into the candy. Place a lollipop stick in the candy and turn 1/2 turn. Allow the candy to harden, then remove from molds. Don't worry about the imperfections. The 'threads' can be easily plucked off! Fidel and I loved eating the crispy bits!

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And here is the final outcome!

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I think it turned out really well! It was easy to make and extremely yummy! Though lollipops at that size could get a bit jelak after a while. I think these make really fun gifts! You could customise your lollipops in so many ways!

I had such a fun time making these lollipops with Fidel! Hope we'll be able to make many other stuff together! Thinking of making macarons too! (I personally have attempted Nutella cupcakes and Chocolate Lava Cake on my own, will share those experiences in my other #FoodieFridays posts!)

Are there any other easy recipes you'll recommend we'll try? We also thought of attempting some DIY handicrafts too!

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Spotted anything different about my makeup? Fidel made me up "Fidel's style" i.e. using her makeup look on me!

If you do attempt this recipe, do comment and share pictures of your final outcomes! I would love to see them! Also, do check out Fidel's blog post about our lollipop making experience here.

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