Chocolate Lollipop Candy with Molds: Step by Step Instructions
Great Gift Idea
Have you run out of ideas for a gift and you need an extraordinary gift for that special occasion or someone? Perhaps you have you been elected to bring in 30 “something’s” for your child’s class? Or, maybe you were the elected official who is responsible for your friend’s dreaded baby or bridal shower?
Well, here is a simple solution that really takes no time to whip up. Make decorative lollipops or candies. They come in a variety of flavors, so if chocolate is not the favorite, try another flavor. Not only are they simple to make, they are fun to give as gifts and they add a little flare to any occasion.
Mix it up a little and have some fun. There are a variety of molds and candy colors to choose from that it is almost impossible to not find one to fit that special person or occasion. They really do make a great gift!
Tip: be creative and mix some colors together - My daughter ended up with tie-dyed candies that had sparkles in them that were perfect for her hippie friend. She loved them because they were unique to her. So use your imagination and do not be afraid to experiment. Furthermore, look at the bright side - if they don't work out - you get to eat them and start over!
- Candy molds (they come in all shapes and sizes - plain candy molds and with slots for making lollipops)
- Candy melts in any color or flavor you desire
- Microwave (You could always use the double boiler method)
- Icing bags (I use freezer baggies - they are cheaper - but be careful with timing in the microwave) Hint: do not use regular sandwich baggies - they are too thin and melt
- Lollipop sticks if making lollipops
Most of these items are sold at local craft stores such as Michaels or you can find them online. You may be able to find them at Walmart, I just prefer to go to one place for everything and sometimes Walmart does not have everything needed for a particular project.
Before you begin, hand wash the candy mold with soap and water and dry thoroughly
- Put about 10-15 candy discs in an icing bag or freezer bag - if you put too many they don't melt evenly
- Microwave for about 1 minute 25 seconds checking periodically for melting (microwave temperatures vary). DO NOT overcook because the bag will melt and you will have a mess. I check at 20 second intervals by "smooshing" the candies to see how far they have melted - just to be on the safe side.
- When the candy is melted, cut a small slit in the corner of the bag if using a freezer baggie (be careful because the chocolate disc will be hot) - if children are doing this with you - this is where you need to supervise because they may burn themselves
- Lay the mold on a flat surface and squeeze the bag to fill each mold with the melted candy
- Tap the mold a few times to get out any air pockets/bubbles - you may need to stick your finger in there to help the process along - especially if you are using intricate molds
- Add sticks in slots if making lollipops
- Use a spatula to even out the melted candy and to make sure it covers the lollipop sticks if you are using that type of mold - work quickly because the candy tends to harden rather fast
- Refrigerate until the bottom of the mold looks a little frosty or until the candy has hardened - if I am in a hurry, I will place them in the freezer
- Pop out the candy
- Eat or wrap them up and give as a gift
Occasions for giving
Valentine's Day - Make Heart candies as a gift
Beach Party - Make Seashell candies as a hostess gift
Baby Shower - Make Bottles, Ducks, and Bears as party favors
Easter Dinner - Make Bunnies to take along for dessert
Secretaries Day - Make Roses as a thank you for all of your hard work
Straight "A" Student - Make Stars to say you are proud
Soccer Party - Make Soccer balls for the team or for the Coach
Wedding - Make Wedding Mints to sit on each persons plate
These are just a few ideas - go check out the Wilton candy mold displays - you won't be disappointed
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