Christmas Neighbor Gift Homemade Lollipops.
These lollipops are homemade and can be customized as to color and taste.
We used edible glitter in gold, white, green, and silver to make these gorgeous Christmas glitter lollipops.
They are so pretty and yummy that they’d make a great neighbor Christmas gift.
Homemade lollipops are a great family activity. My kids and my nephew really enjoyed helping make these.
They liked experimenting with some glitter combinations, choosing the flavor, and of course enjoying a lollipop they made themselves.
We flavored them in root beer, salt water taffy, and cotton candy flavors.
They do not take too long to make; each batch takes 10 minutes and ~20 minutes of cooling time.
I’d recommend 1.5X or double the recipe below if you have the larger lollipop molds that I’ve linked to in the supply list below. This is so that the batch will make about 22 lollipops—a mix of small and large.
Years ago, I was intimidated by the thought of making homemade lollipops. However, as you will see in the video, they are easy to make. In fact, I have made them many times since, and if the first time you make them is a little tricky, don’t worry, it gets easier with practice.
Please Note- That there are two videos on this page.
One is how to make the lollipops and you will follow all of the instructions except when prepping the molds you add the glitter and not cooking spray to the molds AND do not use food coloring to color the lollipops as the glitter will add color to them.The other video is about what to do differently to make glitter lollipops and how to wrap them the way I did for Christmas neighbor gifts.
These instructions are also written out below.
Supply List for these Christmas Neighbor Gift Homemade Lollipops
Lollipop Molds- MOLD SIZE: 3 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 5/8 inch(9.5*23.5*1.5cm);3 5/8 x 9 7/16 x 1 3/8inch(9.3*24*1cm)
Ribbon was .09 cents for each which was a little over 1/2 foot each cut. =0.18. The 1.5″ gold and 1/5″ gold and green trees were bought at Sam’s Club.
Butane fuel– typically you will need to order this separately from the torch. Most grocery stores carry it.
Ingredients for these Christmas Neighbor Gift Homemade Lollipops
1.5 times this recipe if you have more than 16 lollipop molds or if your lollipop molds are the larger ones
1 C Sugar, granulated
1/2 C. Light Corn Syrup
1/4 C. Water
1 1/4 teaspoons food flavoring if it is strong. If it is a weaker flavoring do 1 1/2 teaspoons of it
Sprinkles of Edible Glitter in each mold on the bottom and on top
Cost Breakdown for these Christmas Neighbor Gift Homemade Lollipops
Each batch as written in the recipe below makes ~16 lollipops about ~10 small and ~6 big. Since each gift has 5 suckers, I’ve divided this up into batches of 5 suckers. So each batch in the written recipe is divided by 3 to determine the cost of each neighbor gift.
Sugar $3.24 for 4 pounds = .13 for 5 lollipops
Light Corn Syrup 1.64 for 16 oz = .14 corn syrup for 5 lollipops
Edible Glitter is $18.00 for the pack but there was so much leftover that it probably only cost about =.05 per 5 lollipops
1 wrapper 3×5 or 4×6= .03 each. I put all of the lollipops in one bag because it looked much better than having them all individually wrapped.
5- 6″ sticks (lollipop or cake pop sticks) which were less than .01 cents each so for 5= .02
Lollipop Molds I’m dividing the $7.40 for all the molds by 50 families = .15
Food flavoring (I love regular Cotton Candy and Root Beer from this brand) I’ve tried Salt Water Taffy and Gold Cotton Candy and they are good but not quite as good as the other. I’m dividing this cost by the 15 batches one will make and each batch makes 3 gifts. So total the Hobby Land flavoring $9.50 1 fl oz cost = .20 for 5 lollipops
Ribbon was $7.50 for 500 yards which is .09 cents for a little over 1/2 foot each cut. I used two cuts = 0.18
The total Cost for 5 glitter lollipops presented as I presented them =.90 cents for 5 lollipops
Optional but highly recommended a butane torch + butane fuel.
The torch would add another $12/50= .25 cents
The butane fuel would add another $5.00/1000 (a little butane goes a long way)= .02 cents
If you don’t have a torch and butane, this option adds about =.27 per 5 lollipops = $1.17 for 5 lollipops.
You will want to add in a little more if you need to purchase a candy thermometer as well.
Directions on how to make these Christmas Neighbor Gift Homemade Lollipops
Continue reading and/or watch the videos on this page.
There is a video on how to make lollipops. There is also a video on how to make these glitter lollipops gifts.
1- Watch BOTH videos before beginning. If you buy the molds I bought they will make 22 suckers. So, you will want to 1.5x or double the recipe below to fill all the molds.
2- Follow the instructions on how to make the lollipops in the recipe below or on the video except when prepping the molds you add the glitter and not cooking spray to the molds AND do not color the melted sugar with food coloring when you add the flavoring— the glitter will do that for you.
3- Put edible glitter into the molds.
4- When ready at 275°F, pour the melted sugar into the molds.
5- Quickly, using an extra lollipop stick, stir up the glitter on the bottom of the molds into the melted sugar.
6- Sprinkle the lollipops with more edible glitter on top and work very quickly to stir up the glitter that is on top of the lollipop into the melted sugar before it sets. Make sure all the sucker sticks are nicely embedded into the melted sugar.
7- Clean up the sides as shown in the How to Make Lollipops video with something metal like a spoon.
8- Wait about 20 mins for them to set.
9- Take the lollipops out of the molds and torch each side quickly and lightly with the butane torch. The top side that is exposed to air may not need this as it is pretty glossy to begin with. I definitely would hit the bottom side though to add a nice sheen to it. Then let it cool for a few seconds while holding it. After its cooled/hardened you can wrap it or put it back down on the silicone mold or place it on wax paper while waiting to warp them.
10- Put 5 suckers into a bag in a pretty design. I put two large, then two small, then a large sucker underneath to make it look pretty. Using a little tape, tape the lollipop sticks together and the bag onto them.
11- Tie with a pretty ribbon or two.
While this is a little more time-consuming than many of my other ideas for neighbor Christmas gifts, this one is gorgeous and extremely cost-effective as it comes in under $1.00 for 5 lollipops.
Plus, it’s fun for kids to participate in cooking.
Slightly dust the silicone mat with non stick cooking spray and wipe any large spots away, leaving a very light coat on the mat. This light coat will allow the suckers to come out/off easier and avoid breaking.
I'd recommend using Hobby Land flavoring, the ones I have used from this company (root beer and cotton candy) have been wonderful tasting.
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