Chocolate lollipops are an all occasion treat that most everyone can enjoy. An edible candy on a stick, it doesn’t get easier than this. The word “lolly pop” dates back to the year 1784. Originally called a “lolly pop” whereas “lolly” meant tongue and “pop” meant slap. Around 1920 the “lolly pop” became known as the “lollipop”. They were enjoyed and became popular because the entire lollipop was able to spin around in one’s mouth with the use of the stick.
- Chocolate discs
- Lollipop sticks
- Candy molds
- Clear candy bags
- Waxed paper
- Spread out a large sheet of waxed paper on the table or counter top.
- Separate the mold halves and place a lollipop stick on one side of the mold.
- Put the mold halves on counter or table top. Keep on a flat, unmoving surface.
- Pour the chocolate very carefully into each mold until they are all filled completely.
- Allow the chocolate to cool fully before removing from the molds. (1-2 hours)
- Pop the lollipops out of the molds and place gently on the waxed paper.
- Allow to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour before wrapping in a candy bag.
- Twist the end of the candy bag and tie a piece of ribbon around the stick and make a bow.
- Remember to always stir the chocolate as it melts. By doing this you will prevent the liquid chocolate from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Never reheat already melted chocolate – it will ruin the confection. The chocolate breaks down too much, may have a burnt taste and when cooled will clump tremendously.
- Sometimes air bubbles form when pouring the chocolate into the molds. A few minutes after the molds are filled check them to see if the chocolate has settled. If so, just pour in a little more chocolate in the mold.
- The sticks inside should always be covered by the melted chocolate.
- Not all candy molds are meant for lollipops. Be sure to purchase the ones with the slot for the candy sticks. The sticks will lie flat in the mold and will always look centered when the chocolate lollipop is removed.
- Candy bags and ribbons can be any color or pattern. Change the design depending upon the occasion. Red for Valentines’ Day, green for Christmas, pink, yellow, green or purple for Easter and so on.
- For different colored chocolate use white chocolate discs and then add a drop or two of food coloring in and stir well to the proper shade. Grenadine or cherry juice is also good to add for a pink, red or rose coloring. Just don’t add too much that it thins the chocolate too much.
- Chocolate discs or candy melts do come in nearly every color of the rainbow too.
A little creativity to embellish your lollipops will go a long way. A surprise inside or out can do the trick as simple as one, two – three.
- Chopped nuts
- Peanut butter
Ideas on how to put a little flair into your lollipops:
- Sprinkles are the most favored choice for children. Once the mold is together and the stick is inside add ½ teaspoon of sprinkles into the mold. Then pour the chocolate in to form the lollipop.
- If a little surprise is what you want your children or guests to find inside the chocolate lollipop this is what you should do. Pour some chocolate 1/3 or ½ the way into the mold. Allow chocolate to cool a little. When the melted chocolate starts to harden add ½ a teaspoon of chopped nuts, raisins or peanut butter into the molds. Then add more chocolate to fill the mold completely.
- Use milk or dark chocolate for the first half and white chocolate to finish filling the mold. Butterscotch chips or mint chips would be an absolute surprise and just as delicious.
- Add a ¼ of a teaspoon of a flavored liqueur halfway when filling the lollipop. Or add some to the pot of chocolate and stir once it has been removed from the heat. Keep out of reach of children.
When is the right time to make chocolate lollipops?
- Birthday parties
- School gatherings
- Dinner parties
- And, of course, any day that ends in a “Y”.
All candy supplies can be purchased at the Winona and Greenwood Wal-Marts and at the craft store known as Michael’s.
These beautiful confections can be purchased in many flavors, designs, colors to match the theme you have in mind by stopping in the local candy shoppe’s.
Candy shoppe links available in the area:
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