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Easy Homemade Lollipops Recipe

A Dash of History: Because of World War I, sugar prices had soared from 30 to 50% in less than ten years. Most women couldn't afford to spare sugar to make candy at home, so candy stores and candy counters were the most popular places in town.

The young ones would press their noses against the glass counter with a couple of pennies or a nickel to spend for peppermints, licorice, all day suckers, or chocolate candies or a sugar candy stick.

They bought ten cent boxes of Cracker Jacks with the surprise gift of a whistle or a tin frog inside, and candy kisses filled with peanut butter (3 for 1¢) they ate by the ton. For Valentine's Day they bought the little heart shaped candies made by Necco.

How easy can it get making this traditional Holiday candy? It's real easy!

Homemade Lollipops

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • Any desired flavoring
  • Appropriate vegetable coloring

Combine sugar and Cream of Tartar with the 2/3 cup water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil until a temp of 290 F. is reached or until a drop of mixture will become hard when dropped into cold water. Remove from heat. Add flavoring and coloring. Pour into greased pans or molds. When partly cooled insert wooden sticks. Chill.


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • Flavor... any desired

Put sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan and boil to the brittle stage. Flavor as desired and turn into buttered pans. Form into small balls as soon as the candy can be handle, and insert wooden sticks.

Flavor with a few drops of oil of cinnamon or wintergreen, or peppermint for a change.
Recipe circa. 1919

Cinnamon Lollipops

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. red food coloring
  • 10 drops oil of cinnamon

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and food coloring in top of double boiler. Cook directly over low heat stirring until sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Cover and cook slowly 8 minutes. Uncover. Cook without stirring to hard crack stage (300). Stir in flavoring. Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes to thicken slightly.

Arrange wooden skewers 5 inches apart on buttered cookie sheet. Drop hot syrup from tip of tablespoon over the skewers to form 2 to 3 inch candy circles.
See the recipe: Cinnamon Lollipops at the bottom.

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