From Dum Dums to Tootsie Pops, lollipops were probably a big part of your childhood. But who says you cannot enjoy them as an adult? Making homemade lollipops for National Lollipop Day is the perfect excuse to feel like a kid again. The holiday, which falls on July 20, will be like Christmas for your sweet tooth.
Granted, the art of making hard candy can be intimidating. The temperature has to be just right. Plus, if the proportions are not spot on, you might end up with a gooey, sticky mess. It is not the best look. However, with these recipes, you will have some extra guidance along the way. Who knows, you might even pick up a new hobby of candy making.
But here is the good news. Some recipes call for pre-made, store-bought candies that you can melt and pour. And once you bring in the extra flavors and adorable molds, you have got yourself a customized (and delicious) work of art.
Tasty homemade lollipops are beyond perfect for gift giving. Just wrap up each one with cellophane. Tie things off with coordinating ribbon or twine, and you are good to go. If you are hosting a party, consider giving lollipops as favors. Every day can be National Lollipop Day if you believe in yourself.
1. Caramel Lollipops
Apple cider, cinnamon, and nutmeg come together in these caramel lollipops by The Kitchn. Each one even has a pecan or dried cranberry for a center. Brilliant.
2. Sriracha Sauce Lollipops
To spice things up, add Sriracha. Seriously. It sure beats carrying around a bottle of hot sauce, am I right? Learn how with Sprinkle Bakes.
3. DIY Lollipops With Edible Flowers
For a no-nonsense technique, melt hard candies into lollipops. Better yet, add flowers. Head to A Beautiful Mess to make your own batch of pretties.
4. Jolly Rancher Lollipops
You can also transform Jolly Ranchers into lollipops. Who knew? Find the colorful tutorial at One Little Project.
5. Homemade Apple Lollipops
Fans of fruit will adore these apple lollipops by A Beautiful Mess. Come autumn, I'd love to dip these in melted caramel and sprinkle on some cinnamon. Yum.
6. DIY Heart Lollipops
Did you know Airheads can be turned into lollipops? It's a candy lover's dream come true. Check out the tutorial for this heart-shaped version at Studio DIY.
7. DIY Rock Candy
Candy that looks like crystals will just never get old. To learn how to make this classic treat, head to Studio DIY.
8. Easy Honey Lollipops
Honey makes everything better. And thanks to Sarah Titus, you can make a healthy(ish) candy with your favorite local honey. To amp up the flavor, add powdered cinnamon, ginger, or cayenne.
9. Lavender Honey Lollipops
If you love herbs and aromatic ingredients, this lavender honey version is for you. Visit The Kitchy Kitchen for the full how-to.
10. Red Wine Lollipops
Yes, you read that right. Sprinkle Bakes figured out how to make red wine lollipops and all is right in the world.
11. Cinnamon Cider Sticks
OK, so it's a long way from fall, but these cider lollipops are a must. They're on cinnamon sticks, for crying out loud. Find the recipe at Sprinkle Bakes.