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Halloween Lollipops

Making Halloween lollipops is a fun way to gear up for the holiday, and when you're done, you'll have treats to hand out to the goblins at the door or as party favors. These sweet orange-flavored suckers are decorated with creepy candies. You can wrap them in cellophane and tie with black and orange ribbons, or press the sticks into a pumpkin for people to take themselves

  • yield: Makes 10

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 drops orange food coloring
  • 8 drops pure orange oil
  • 10 lollipop sticks
  • Assorted candies, for decorating

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Line three baking sheets with Silpats (nonstick baking mats), or grease them generously with vegetable oil. Prepare an ice-water bath. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan, and place over medium-high heat. Stir continuously to dissolve sugar. When the syrup comes to a boil, stop stirring and clip on a candy thermometer. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the mixture turns golden and reaches 300 degrees to 310 degrees. (hard-crack stage) on the thermometer, 5 to 7 minutes. Occasionally wash the sides of the pan using a clean brush dipped in cold water to prevent crystals from forming.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the pot from the heat. Transfer the syrup to a 2-cup heatproof measuring cup. Using a heatproof rubber spatula, stir in the food coloring and orange oil until completely combined.

  3. Step 3

    Working quickly, pour ten 3-inch circles of syrup onto prepared baking sheets. Press in lollipop sticks. With your fingertips or a toothpick, lightly press candies into the syrup. Set aside until completely cooled and hardened.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October

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Reviews (9)

  • Since1982 6 Nov, 2011

    Google: " Americolor Bright White Soft Gel Paste Food Coloring " to find white food coloring.

  • pandaaze 28 Oct, 2011

    I found they set better, were easier to pour perfect circles, and cooked faster if you eliminated the water. I found the black food coloring at my local grocery store easy, but I couldn't find the white anywhere. Make sure to let them fully harden overnight on a flat surface otherwise they will flop over as I learned the hard way. Just because they're cold and hard they're night necessarily ready to stand upright. I'd try putting them in the freezer next time to set up quicker.

  • MsTee 23 Dec, 2008

    I bet the black and white are made with candy melts found at cake decorating and bakery supply stores. You can flavor these also with peppermint and other oils.

  • lisaogden 21 Nov, 2008

    white food coloring black is all colors but what is white

  • mammabug 27 Oct, 2008

    how do you make black ones and white ones

  • amandaanne16 15 Oct, 2008

    flavored oli from the grocery store, you don't want to be eating esential oils

  • amandaanne16 15 Oct, 2008

    flavored oli from the grocery store, you don't want to be eating esential oils

  • chuckanddee 22 Sep, 2008

    i am going to make these for my first halloween party. these seem pretty easy to make and fast too

  • oscrap 8 Sep, 2008

    I would like to know if the orange oil is the same as the essential oils or is it a flavoring you get in the grocery store? thanks