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Originally posted at http://www.whistleandivy.com/2013/01/kool-aid-lollipops-recipe.html
If you know me, you know I am a sugar fiend. I love baking goodies, and sugary treats are my favorite. Homemade lollipops are really delicious, especially if they are flavored with your favorite Kool-aid. My favorites are peach-mango and blue-raspberry, yum!
Here's the recipe:
1 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Karo Syrup
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 packet of Kool-Aid (or double the recipe for a whole packet. Change the water to 3/4 C, not 1 C)
Lollipop Molds (if you don't have any, here is a tutorial to make your own out of foil)
Mix sugar, syrup and water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to a boil until it reaches hard crack stage, or 280 degrees. Avoid stirring it once it has started boiling. Also, don't scrape the sides of the pot. Candy is very temperamental and the whole batch can crystalize if undissolved sugar from the side mixes. It doesn't need to be stirred, so once it starts boiling, you can leave it alone. If you don't have a candy thermometer, once it starts to look thick, take a teaspoon and dip some out and drop it into a glass of cold water. If you hear a "plink," when it hits the bottom of the glass, you know it's done.
It's very important that you let the candy cool before adding the Kool-Aid. Hard candy usually calls for oil flavorings. Kool-aid will work, but you have to let the candy cool. Otherwise, the molten candy will burn the powder and your lollies will turn out tasting bland and bitter.
Remove the candy from heat and gently stir it for a few minutes. It will bubble up as you stir it. Once it stop bubbling so much, add your Kool-Aid. Make sure it's mixed well, then pour slowly into your molds. Many recipes say to "work quickly" but I have had a better experience by letting it cool so it's not so runny. It tends to run out of the molds when it is very runny.
For this batch, I added some conversation hearts for some Valentine's effect. It didn't turn out as cute as I pictured it in my head. Story of my life.
Thanks for reading, have a great day!