My kid was driving me nuts today. We are together all day, everyday, day in, day out, from morning to night, without break (ie. she’s now above napping). And she’s not a loner. And she talks incessantly. So this is what we did today to help keep her quiet so I could hear my thoughts for a few moments. Thoughts about the joy of Fall and school. These DIY candy lollipops aren’t entirely new. I made them once before. Anyone with a memory that is long and loyalty to yours truly may remember these Jolly Rancher lollipops that I made way back when. They are super-easy to make. I originally got the idea and how-tos from HERE at Better Homes and Gardens.
Find the original Jolly Ranchers lollipops how-tos HERE, copied below. But since I don’t crush the candy, the oven time took closer to 9 or 10 minutes. Just be sure to watch them like a hawk. The millisecond before they are melted exactly right, take them out of the oven. They will continue to melt just a bit more on the hot tray. Also, I didn’t roll the sticks in the candy this time, I just impressed them immediately into the melted candy and considered the flip side the front.
how to make Jolly Ranchers lollipops
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, then lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the foil. Assemble candies as desired. Remember to leave room for lollipop sticks later and arrange a few inches apart. Bake about 6 to 10 minutes or until candies melt to desired effect. Make sure to keep your eye on the pops! Don’t let them bake too long or they will be too thin and misshapen.
As soon as you remove the lollipops from the oven, place stick on the melted candy. Let cool completely on tray, then carefully remove paper from back. Warning! Your lollies will likely not be perfect ovals or rectangles or whatever shape you hope to create. There will be imperfections, but that’s what makes them lovely lollies, no?
For the flower lollipop, I put six jolly ranchers around one in the center. Because of the shape of the candy, they were spaced a bit, but when they melted, they merged.
And naturally, I had some help with these. She unwrapped aaaallllll the candy, helped me arrange them on the tray, and sat in front of the oven painfully watching them melt into lollipops.