Day #80 – Homemade Lollipops

Making homemade lollipops has proved to be one of my favorite activities with my kids thus far. They loved making these colorful, tasty creations. They were simple to make too.

I bought a bunch of hard candies at the Dollar Store – Dum Dums, Life Savers and Jolly Ranchers. The kids had fun unwrapping them and sorting them into plastic bags based on color.
The next part was my son’s favorite part. Armed with a meat mallet for the girls and a toy hammer for the little guy, they started pounding away. It sounded like a wood shop in our house for a bit, but there were smiles on every face. Make sure to do this activity on a sturdy surface such as a thick bread board.
You will end up with a rainbow of crushed candy.
I used a silicone baking mat for the next step, but I imagine you could use parchment paper or foil. We did a variety of designs. It was easiest for the girls to dump the candies in cookie cutter shapes. The more complicated shapes like the pentagon didn’t end up looking like a pentagon. The circle or egg shape worked the best. We also used whole Life Savers to try and create certain designs. Sometimes, we didn’t use the cookie cutter at all and just created our own random shapes. You’ll want to layer your candies about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Also make sure they are spaced 2 inches apart as they spread and you’ll need room to put the sticks in immediately. 
Make sure all cookie cutters are removed and then bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes.  After you remove the baking sheet from the oven, quickly attach a lollipop stick (found in the baking section of your local craft store) or paper straw (I had purchased these cute polka dot ones on Etsy) into the base of each melted lollipop shape. Carefully twist the stick to cover the end with the melted candy. If desired, quickly sprinkle on decorative candies or sprinkles onto the hot lollipops. Cool completely, and then peel off the baking sheet to serve.  The bold, whimsical look of these lollipops would add a fun element to any celebration.
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  1. oooh!!! what a great idea!!! and i love that you put sprinkles in them. i think we will make these for all of the kids coming over for easter!!! thanks!

  2. An amazing idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow…. I have to try this!

  3. What an interesting idea! I have not seen this before…

    • I did a Google image search before I did it and was surprised that it hadn’t been done…at least as far as I could find. There were some homemade lollipops that involved getting sugar to all the right temperatures and stuff. This was a lot more fun. Thanks!

  4. These are sooooo fun! And the kids look like they had a ball making them. Definitely going on my “to make” list for sure! I’d love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share at the Make it Great party going on right now ( Hope to see you there!

  5. How original is this!! My girls would flip if we made some!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

    Totally Trying This

  7. These look so awesome. I can see how kids would LOVE it. I also love how you included the little guy by letting him hammer with the toy mallet. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  8. Just to let you know I featured your wonderful lollipops on homework today. Come over and grab a featured button if you’d like. Have a great weekend.

  9. We are so making these while on vacation at the ocean over Easter/Spring break. There will be 9 kids from 20 down to 1 there, 9 of whom are 13 and under. I cannot wait to do this. Thanks Jodi.

  10. oooooo…I absolutely love this!!! So much fun for the kids too :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday.

  11. These look so fun!! And pretty too- love the picture with all of the crushed candies! Thanks for linking with Scout’s Sweet Sundays!!

  12. We just wanted to let you know that we’re featuring this on our page tomorrow! @toysinthedryer

  13. What a fun activity – and they came out SO cute!!
    Beth (TGIF)

  14. This is such an awesome idea and love how fun they look! We always have gobs of leftover candy so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  15. These are great! I have a Christmas cookbook from the 80′s that contains directions for making suckers and ornaments using this process. I loved making them when with my pre-kindergarten class when I was in college plus with my boys when they were younger. Thank you for reminding me about them!! I think we will make these when our youngest turns 13! (yeah think early teen boys, meat mallets, and candy!! ha ha!)

  16. Can you do them in the microwave,in candy molds?

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your idea. I am going to try this with my 5 year old grandson. I know we are going to have a blast, making noise, lots of colors, time with each other, and enjoy something sweet. Thank you again.

  18. I babysit in my home, we just made these today, the kids loved it! i just recommend if using wax paper, spray the paper and they come up a lot easier, we used the nonflavor spray. we walked to the store to get more candies to make some more :) thanks for the awesome idea!

    • I wish you were a babysitter in my neck of the woods. I love that you come up with creative things to do. Great work. I had my suckers down on a silicon mat, so I didn’t have a problem. Your advice is really good though. Thanks for letting me know you tried it. It brings me joy.

  19. Wow, great! That is the idea I needed!
    Though it is something (very) sweet – a lot of sugar it is to enjoy all the work and creativity – might not be the taste that is most important ;-)
    Thank you very much!

  20. Had to click on this one. How fun! All summer – if we’re not in a camp or on vacation – we have a theme for everyday of the week. Monday is our craft day. Wednesday is our Fun in the Kitchen day. Loving your ideas!

  21. That is such a neat idea ! To make it, see, & eat them ! Great for when the grand kids come what fun ! They will love this

  22. It looks like a fun thing to do :)

  23. Love the colors and sprinkles in these! The purple one reminds me of a Dr. Seuss hat! :)

  24. I absolutely love these! Will be making these with my kids for sure :) I can totally see these as party favors or holiday themed!
    Melissa @

  25. Again so cute! I love these and am now following you to see what else you make!
    have a great day!


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