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 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 how-tos HERE. 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.
Once again, I used Jolly Ranchers hard candies and arranged them whole, not crushed, and close together. 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.
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