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Lollipop, Lollipop

Don't you agree that lollipops are the new cupcakes?  I will always love cupcakes and their many flavors and decorations but lollipops are a lot of fun too.  Turns out, they aren't difficult to make yourself!  You can make a whole batch of your favorite flavor.  Mine is lime!

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 (3-ounce) box cherry gelatin dessert
  • Nonstick vegetable cooking spray

Directions

20 lollipop sticks

Metal tablespoon measure

Candy thermometer

Butter or spray nonstick vegetable cooking spray onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Arrange half of the lollipop sticks on each and set aside.

Cook's Note: When measuring corn syrup, spray measuring cup with nonstick spray as corn syrup will pour out smoother.

In a small saucepan over medium heat add sugar, butter and corn syrup together until sugar has dissolved.

Slowly bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Insert a candy thermometer into syrup and continue cooking until temperature reaches 300 degrees F. Remove from heat. Stir in gelatin until smooth. Cook's Note: This sugar syrup is very hot and can cause a painful burn!

Using a metal tablespoon and working quickly, drop heaping spoonfuls of lollipop syrup on end of each lollipop stick. Cool completely. Wrap each sucker in plastic wrap and store in an air tight container.

(photo from foodtv.com)

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