“Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli, lolli, lolli! Lollipop (POP!) Ba-Bum, Bum, Bum!”
The lollipop is one of those sweet treats that as a kid, you looked at in awe. All the bright colors in a swirl of intense sugar. You craved it. You knw you had to have it. Lollipops are enjoyed by many people in all sizes and ages. It also comes in many shapes and flavors itself! Whether your lollipop is filled with gum, chocolate, or just solid candy all the way through, no one can deny the lure of the lollipop. And it seems as though everyone has their own way of devouring a lollipop. I usually lick until it’s soft enough to bite and then a bite little pieces off at a time, being extra careful that I don’t crack it and cause a huge chunk to fall off. What’s your preference?
If you want to celebrate this day, pick up some lollipops and hand them out to your friends and family as well as enjoy one yourself. And just so you know, the world record for the world’s largest lollipop was one that weighed 4,031 pounds and was more than fifteen feel tall, just in case you are feeling particularly ambitious today.
You can make lollipops too! Here’s an easy Recipe for a Lollipop.
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ tsp extract of your choice (vanilla, mint, cinnamon, coconut, etc)
- Food coloring (optional)
- Lollipop molds and sticks
How to do it:
- Prepare your molds by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray and inserting lollipop sticks into the molds.
- Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Insert the candy thermometer and stir until sugar dissolves.
- Allow to boil, without stirring, until candy reaches 295 degrees (hard-crack stage).
- Once the candy reaches 295, remove it from heat. Stir in the extract of your choice, and, if desired, food coloring.
- Spoon the candy into the mold cavities, making sure to cover the back of the stick.
- Allow to cool completely and remove once hardened.