Homemade suction cup any shape or taste!
For decades, homemade suckers have been a favorite to make with family. They are especially suitable for holidays!
We like to make these on Valentine’s Day every year, because it is easy to make a lot of gifts! If you need more Valentine’s Day homemade candy ideas, try cream cheese mint or caramel candy.
Both adults and children have fun!
Every year, all the girls in the family get together to make homemade suckers. This year is no exception. We got together last week and made cherries, cinnamon and butterscotch suckers and it turned out delicious!
We use the mold my mother got more than 20 years ago. They are so convenient that we have added them to our collection over the years.
Children love all the different shapes, not only do they like to help make suction cups, but they also like to eat them. If I say I don’t like them, then I’m lying because they are so good! 😉
They are perfect as Valentine’s Day gifts, as party gifts, or just for fun. I decided to make a label to match them, you will find below.
what do you need……
Grab the following supplies and get ready to make the best homemade sucker!
- Mould: The easiest place to find and buy molds for your suction cups is online. You can also find them in any craft store that sells baking supplies. I use metal molds, but you can also use silicone as long as they are high temperature resistant. It is important to check the labels carefully, because not all molds are resistant to high temperatures, even if they look the same.
- Seasoning: This time we used cherries and cinnamon for Valentine’s Day, but there are many choices there! We especially like the LorAnn Oils brand.
- dyeing: I have had the greatest success in gel food coloring. Choose any color you like!
- Candy thermometer: If you don’t have a candy thermometer, I strongly recommend that you buy a homemade suction cup. This will make the process easier, but the suction cup can be made without a thermometer (see the note on hard crack testing below).
- Suction cup: These should be easy to find in almost any craft store, but you can order online anytime!
How to make a lollipop
Prepare. Put the mold and the stick together. Place on the cookie sheet and spray. Put the cookie chips in the refrigerator until the candy is ready.
Cook. Put all ingredients except flavors and colorings in a pan. Boil to hard cracking stage (300 degrees). Add seasoning and coloring. Stir for about two minutes.
Carry out the hard crack test without a candy thermometer.
- Once the syrup starts to boil, use a spoon to pour a little bit of the syrup into a bowl of very cold water.
- Take the syrup out of the cold water, and if it forms a hard and brittle line that breaks without bending at all (this is the hard cracking stage), it is complete. If the syrup softens or bends before it breaks, it still needs to be cooked a little longer.
- Note: To avoid burns, soak the syrup in cold water for a few seconds before taking it out.
Dump and set. Pour into the mold. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before removing the mold and removing the suction cup from the pot.
yield: I can get about 6-10 suction cups per batch, but it all depends on how big your mold is.
Tips + tricks
There are a few things to keep in mind when making these suction cups…
- do not want Once it starts to boil, stir the mixture.
- It is best to make a self-made sucker In dry days. Making them on humid days will cause the suckers to absorb extra moisture from the air and cause the lollipops to not harden completely.
- Spraying/lubricating mold You can prevent the candy from sticking to the mold before you put the mixture in. They should come out easily after hardening. After setting for 10-15 minutes, the suction cup should be ready to be removed from the mold.
- do not want Try to cool the suction cups in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Once the suction cup is hard, you can easily Break off any oozing debris Mold.
- Store them in an airtight container In a cool and dry place. Do not store them in the refrigerator or freezer. If stored correctly, they can last for several months.
Lollipop recipe changes
Want to change it? no problem!
- Mold shape: Over the years, I have added many different shapes to my collection. It is convenient to have several identical shapes with the same and different sizes.
- Embellishment: Add sprinkles or candy-for example, we like to add candy eyes for Halloween
- Color/flavor: You can easily change the color and flavor used for these suction cups.
- Red can be seasoned with cinnamon, cherry or strawberry.
- Orange coloring and orange flavoring.
- Purple with grape flavor.
- Green, with lime or watermelon flavor.
For more candy recipes, please try:
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Rest for 10 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Calories 68 kcal
Author Little Luna
Suction cup mould
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon food coloring
- 3-5 drops seasoned cherries or cinnamon
- Candy thermometer
Put the mold and the stick together. Place on the cookie sheet and spray. Put the cookie chips in the refrigerator until the candy is ready.
Put all ingredients except flavors and colorings in a pan. Boil to hard cracking stage (300 degrees).
Add seasoning and coloring. Stir for about two minutes.
Pour into the mold. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before removing the mold and removing the suction cup from the pot.
Extra steps for butterscotch/caramel suckers
Tips for cleaning the pot afterwards: Put water in the pot and boil until the candy falls off.
Tag your suction cup:
All you need is:
- Glue stick
- Bags (available at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s)
- Save and print your label. To do this, click on the image above and print it.
- Cut into long strips.
- Add the bag to the top of the suction cup and wrap the label. Glue sticks together.
- The cut ends in a triangular form.
Now your child can gift cute suckers on Valentine’s Day. The best part is that you can make them for Valentine’s Day and then make other molds to make them all year long. We still use heart-shaped molds, but we also have round, flower, Halloween and Christmas molds. Sweet!
These labels are also suitable for melted chocolate candy suckers, and you can find molds in craft stores.
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