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These lollipops, courtesy of Dominic Palazzolo, are a fun addition to any celebration.

  • Yield: Makes about 10 lollipops

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2009


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon gel food coloring in desired color
  • 2 teaspoons pure lemon extract
  • Popcorn kernels or uncooked rice, for baking dish


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a large heatproof glass measuring cup with a spout in oven.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cream of tartar. In a medium saucepan (just large enough to cover burner on stove), bring 1 cup water, corn syrup, and sugar mixture to a boil, slowly stirring, over medium heat. Moisten a pastry brush with water and brush down sides of pan. Continue cooking until mixture reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. (Do not add thermometer to saucepan before mixture comes to a boil, as it will crystallize around thermometer).

  3. Remove saucepan from heat; let stand until cooled to 275 degrees. Add food coloring and lemon extract; stir to combine.

  4. Remove glass measuring cup from oven. Transfer mixture to glass measuring cup; return measuring cup to oven until no bubbles remain, 5 to 10 minutes.

  5. Fill a baking dish with an even layer of popcorn kernels or rice; set a 3 1/2-inch-wide and 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch-deep mold in popcorn to hold steady. Place a lollipop stick in mold and pour candy mixture into mold. Let set at room temperature, until mold and sugar mixture are room temperature, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, keep remaining candy mixture warm in oven. Carefully remove lollipop from mold and repeat process with remaining candy mixture.

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  • melphys
    27 SEP, 2013
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  • MamaJMC
    11 NOV, 2009
    Anyone know how to make the clear-coloured lollipops?
  • jaydec
    28 JUL, 2009
    I made 12 lollipops in flower, cat and gem shapes! They look great and they taste good too!
  • jaydec
    24 JUL, 2009
    Frontier is the flavoring
  • jaydec
    22 JUN, 2009
    Has anyone done this yet?
  • Flo4
    25 MAY, 2009
    Does anyone know the brand of the flavor they were using?
  • brownebaby
    22 MAY, 2009
    I have seen various candy recipes but never one with cream of tartar. Does anyone know what that is supposed to do?
  • crudeco
    21 MAY, 2009
    Where? Oh, where do I fidn those gloves used in handling the warm sugar. The ones Martha and Dominic used on yesterday's show? Anyone?
  • Clever_Things
    21 MAY, 2009
    He said he got the dog faces at The mold making materials available at They both have a variety of materials in addition to the ones used on the show.
  • dolcebakeshop
    20 MAY, 2009
    You can purchase the flowers at Michael's Art