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Candy Making 101: Homemade Valentine’s Day Lollipops

February 14th is right around the corner. By now, you’ve probably picked out the perfect present and the cutest card for your one and only. Now it’s time to take things to the next level… with homemade lollipops! Yes, lollipops. Don’t freak out. These sugary treats are actually super simple to make. Plus, then you can give one to your Valentine and throw around puns like, “I’m a sucker for you.” Come on, you know you want to ;)

Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup water
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup light corn syrup
– 4 teaspoons gelatin dessert (cherry or strawberry)
– nonstick cooking spray
– edible gold stars, optional

Special Tools:
– candy thermometer
– heart lollipop mold
– lollipop sticks
clear treat bags

Instructions:
1. Spray your lollipop molds with nonstick cooking spray. Insert the lollipop sticks into the molds.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of your saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, without stirring, until the thermometer registers 295 degrees F.
3. Stir in the gelatin dessert. Working quickly, spoon the sugar mixture into the lollipop molds. Add gold stars (or other sprinkles) immediately, before the candy hardens.
4. Let the lollipops cool completely. Carefully remove the lollipops from each mold.
5. Wrap each lollipop in a clear treat bag. Tie with a red ribbon. Give one to your sweetie!

Spray your lollipop molds with nonstick cooking spray. Insert the lollipop sticks into the molds. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of your saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, without stirring, until the thermometer registers 295 degrees F.

Stir in the gelatin dessert. Check out that vibrant red hue!

Now it’s time to fill those hearts! Working quickly, spoon the sugar mixture into the lollipop molds.

Add gold stars (or other sprinkles) immediately, before the candy hardens.

Let the lollipops cool completely. Carefully remove the lollipops from each mold.

You just made lollipops. Boom.

Wrap each lollipop in a clear treat bag and tie with a red ribbon.

Lollipops for dayz!

You can hand these hearts out individually.

Or, you can wrap them all into one big lollipop bouquet. Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats? Do you ever make your own candy at home? Talk to us in the comments below!

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