Ball drop homemade lollipops

This New Year's, make a resolution to have more fun. We used gold candy glitter, but these sparkly lollipops can be decorated with anything that strikes your fancy. Whether you wrap these candy pops individually for the kids or use them as elegant drink toppers, your New Year's Eve party guests of all ages will appreciate a little extra glamour and glitz.

Yield: 1 dozen 2- to 3-inch lollipops

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Ingredients

2 cups sugar
⅔ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup water
Lollipop sticks
Gold candy glitter

Directions

  1. Cover cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Place lollipop sticks and candy glitter nearby.
  2. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Discontinue stirring, but keep heating the mixture until it is 310°F, which is known as the hard crack stage. (During the heating process, use a pastry brush dipped in water to wipe around the sides of the pan to loosen any sugar crystals.)
  3. When the temperature reaches 310°F, submerge the pot in a pan of ice water, which will cool the mixture enough to allow you to pour it into circles on the lined cookie sheet.
  4. Carefully pour mixture in 2 to 3 inch circles spaced at least 3 inches apart. If your saucepan doesn’t have a spout, you can pour the mixture into a heat-proof container like a Pyrex measuring cup.
  5. Immediately add candy glitter and lollipop sticks. Allow to harden.