Homemade Swirly Lollipops

These lollipops are a charming alternative to the carnival classic.

Heather Smith with Orson Gygi shares how to make your own suckers.

Marble Swirl Lollipops
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
¾ cup water
1 dram (1 teaspoon) oil or super strength candy flavoring, if trying to keep sucker clear make sure flavor doesn’t have color.
Americolor food color
Lollipop/sucker stick

1. In a heavy (good quality) 2-quart kettle or large saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

2. Insert candy thermometer if using, making certain it does not touch the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring.

3. Early in the cooking process, “wash down” any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush.

4. Remove from heat precisely at 300° F (temperature will continue rising), or until drops of syrup form hard, brittle threads in cold water (hard crack stage). After boiling action has ceased, add flavor and stir. USE CAUTION WHEN ADDING FLAVORING TO AVOID RISING STEAM.

5. Carefully pour syrup onto parchment lined cookie sheet into desired sizes and shapes. Move quickly.

6. If you can get a helper to move quickly here so your lollipop won’t set up Quickly take a lollipop stick and dip into get food coloring. Swirl food coloring carefully into hot candy syrup into desired look, making sure NOT TO TOUCH THE SYRUP!

7. If not too much food coloring is left on the stick, twist into the base of the lollipop but gently rolling to cover the stick with syrup and lay flat to cool in lollipop.

8. Let cool completely before trying to take off parchment paper.

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