The lollipop is said to have been created by George Smith of New Haven, CT in 1908. He owned a small candy store called The Bradley Smith Company and named his treats after his favorite racehorse, Lolly Pop. Getting a patent was difficult, however, as the term first appeared in The English Dictionary in the early 1800s as “a hard sweetmeat sometimes on a stick”. Sure sounds like a lollipop to me! Nevertheless, George got his patent in 1931, and the lollipop craze commenced. Twenty-six years later, Shirley Temple would popularize the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop” and forever tantalize taste buds with its catchy tune. Great, now I can't get that song out of my head. You too? I guess it's time to make lollipops!
Follow the directions below, and be prepared to holler, "Don't run with that stick in your mouth!" at least once.
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- Candy thermometer
- Hard candy mold (any shape)
- Lollipop sticks
- Food / baking flavoring
- Makes 12 Lollipops
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon flavoring
- 1 teaspoon watermelon or cherry flavoring
- 1/8 teaspoon yellow liquid food coloring
- Place lollipop sticks in hard candy molds
- In a heavy saucepan, combine corn syrup and sugar
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally
- Cover and cook for 3 minutes until sugar crystals are dissolved
- Uncover and cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until the candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage)
- Remove from the heat
- Stir in flavoring and food coloring
- Immediately pour into prepared molds
- Let cool before removing
- Enjoy and don't run with that stick in your mouth!