We don’t know about you, but this time of year gets our sweet tooth going more often than usual. We blame it on our childhood memories of trick-or-treating and indulging in our loot, of course. But now that we’re all grown up and we are on the other side of the trick-or-treating tradition, we love coming up with new and creative sweet treats to serve to kiddos in their costumes this time of year. Enter: Lauren Lowstan’s homemade Halloween lollipops. These glittery and star-struck sweets not only taste great, but you can make them in any color you want and embellish them with a touch of edible shimmer. Plus, making homemade candy is just the perfect way to spend the upcoming fall weekends leading up to Halloween (with the fireplace on and a PSL in hand, of course). Here’s how to make your own batch of homemade lollipops this year…
Homemade Halloween Lollipops
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. water
- ½ cups sugar
- ¼ cup tapioca syrup/corn syrup/ or honey**
- 1 tsp. extract of choice (Lauren Lowstan used vanilla, grape, strawberry, cotton candy)
- gel food coloring (purple, orange, red, green. (note: you must use gel food coloring here—don’t use liquid).
- edible gold disco dust and gold stars
- nonstick spray
**If you want to make your pops a tad healthier, make them with tapioca syrup or honey instead of corn syrup. If you do use honey, remember it is a strong flavor and will completely flavor your pops.
1. Spray your lollipop molds with nonstick spray. If using the double gold stars, sprinkle a few into each mold cavity.
2. Place the water, sugar, and corn syrup in a small pot set over medium high heat. Whisk to combine and let the mixture come to a boil. Make sure not to whisk or stir the mixture again. Set your candy thermometer into the sugar mixture, and let boil until the temperature reaches 290 degrees.
3. Immediately take off the heat and add in your extract of choice and food coloring. Note: I added quite a few drops of food coloring to get them to a dark fall shade. If you want glitter inside the pops, sprinkle a little bit of disco dust in now.
4. Working quickly, pour the sugar mixture into each mold and top each with a stick. Make sure to work fast so the sugar mixture does not harden on you. If it does harden, you can place it back onto a low heat until melted again.
5. Once the lollipops have hardened, you can pop them out my grabbing them by the stick.
6. You can sprinkle a little bit of disco dust onto the tops of each lollipop if you didn’t add the glitter into the melted sugar mixture.
What flavor will you make your homemade Halloween lollipops?
Let us know in the comments below.
XO Team LC