{DIY Halloween Candy} Part 2: Lollipops

Last week I showed you how easy it is to make your own Halloween Candy, starting a three part series with the old-school favorite: the peanut butter cup.  No longer are you stuck shopping the candy aisles.   Now you can have eat peanut butter cups even if you have food allergies, food restrictions, or even food preferences.

The same holds true for this weeks DIY Halloween Candy project: the lollipop.

Let me just stress that this candy mixture hardens quickly and you don’t have time to get lollipop sticks out and set up once the mixture is hot and ready to pour.  Get the lollipop sticks layed out on parchment paper (not waxed paper) before you begin. Make sure you have a few extra lollipop sticks out just in case you need them.  Once the mixture is ready to pour, you have to move fast before it hardens.

Recipe: Lollipops


  • Lollipop sticks
  • parchment paper
  • candy thermometer


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • natural food coloring* {see recipe at bottom}


 Get all supplies ready before beginning. The mixture hardens quickly, so you need to have everything in place before you begin.

  1. Line lollipop sticks on parchment paper, leaving enough room between each for the lollipop
  2. Pour sugar, brown rice syrup, water, and cream of tart into a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir constantly until boiling.  Stop stirring once the mixture boils.
  4.  Using a candy thermometer, measure the temperature of the mixture. When the mixture reaches 300° {this may take about 10misn} remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Let the mixture cool slightly.  Add any coloring {or flavoring if desired} and stir in quickly.
  6. Pour the syrup onto parchment paper in circles,  covering the ends of each lollipop stick. Make sure the lollipop sticks are fully pressed down in the candy mixture.
  7. Let the lollipops cool for at least 15mins.
  8. Wrap in parchment, wax paper, or plastic to store.

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*Interested in making your own food coloring?

Here are two colors that I made and used for the lollipops.

To make red:

  1. Cut up half a beet and put it in a sauce pan.
  2. Pour in enough water to just cover the beet pieces. Heat over medium-high heat and let the beets cook.
  3. Mash the  beets up once they are soft with a fork or potato masher.  Continue to cook, adding more water if needed.
  4. The mixture will thicken and become very concentrated red.  Remove when you have the desired consistency and shade.
  5. Let cool, then strain the mixture through a cheesecloth.
  6. Store in the fridge in a jar.
  7. This makes 4oz of food coloring

To make purple/blue:

  1. Add  1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) in a saucepan.
  2. Pour in enough water to just cover the berries. Heat over medium-high heat and let the berries cook.
  3. Mash the berries once they are puffed and very soft with a fork or potato masher. Continue to cook, adding more water if needed.
  4. The mixture will thicken and become very concentrated purple/blue.  Remove when you have the desired consistency and shade.
  5. Let cool, then strain the mixture through a cheesecloth.
  6. Store in the fridge in a jar.
  7. This makes 4 oz of food coloring.

For more info on DIY Natural Food Coloring, check out this post

Stay tuned to my 3rd DIY Halloween Candy installment with Chocolate-Coconut Mounds Bars!
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13 Comments on “{DIY Halloween Candy} Part 2: Lollipops”

  1. October 18, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    I’m loving these, especially their presentation in the smallest, cutest ketchup bottle ever!

  2. Betsy
    October 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm #


  3. Jenny
    October 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Wow! Great post on making your own food coloring. I have purchased India Tree’s Natural vegetable colorants – they work well, but very expensive. I’ll be trying this! Thanks

  4. October 25, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I love this DIY candy series, you are a genius!

  5. October 25, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks all! My kids love it when I made them these lollipops. The recipe makes a bunch, so we always seem to have some on hand. For a while I had some stashed in my purse (in a plastic bag) for those emergency lollipop occasions!

    @Jenny, Glad you like the food coloring tips. I am going to be writing a whole post on this, so stay tuned!!

  6. Jenny
    October 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Thanks, Becky. I’ll stay tuned – just like your FB page. I’m going to a local swap in Westmoreland, NY this weekend and may bring your PB cups. They look great and I have a Trader Joe’s natural sea salt peanut butter that I love.

  7. Dianna Goodwin
    December 28, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I just made these with my granddaughter, substituting maple syrup for water and flavoring. It worked and was delicious. Thank you.

  8. October 23, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Happy Tasty Tuesday! We love this recipe and it is featured on our DIY & Homemade Halloween Candy Recipes! THANKS!



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