Growing up, I always loved the craft day at school when we would make our Valentine’s Day boxes for classmates to put cards and candy in! At the time, it seemed like so much candy and I loved it! Thinking back to those times while perusing my local store aisles, I realize there isn’t a lot of candy to choose from. Don’t get me wrong: the aisles are huge! But for kids in school, it seems like you always usually get the same treats!
I love creating my own candy and while it seems like it would be a lot of effort to make, candy is actually rather easy. A few simple ingredients and inexpensive molds and you can make homemade suckers in a few minutes! How fun would it be to give away homemade Valentine’s suckers?! You do not need to be a kid to enjoy these!
This makes approximately 15-20 suckers and it completely depends on the molds you buy. Alternatively, you could pour the hot mixture on an oiled bake sheet. Let harden then crack into small pieces.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Watch how to make these Valentine’s suckers:
Homemade Valentine’s Suckers
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup corn syrup
- ½ tsp candy flavoring, sold in teaspoon increments called "drams"
- ½ tsp red food coloring, or any color
- vegetable oil for molds and measuring cups
- Using a paper towel, lightly dip the towel in vegetable oil and wipe the insides of the sucker molds. Also, wipe the inside of a two-cup glass measuring cup. Place the molds on parchment-lined baking sheets (makes for easy cleanup). Place sucker sticks in the molds so they reach halfway into the sucker.
- In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and corn syrup. Place on medium-high heat and stir to ensure the sugar is not burning and is evenly dissolving into the water and syrup.
- Once the mixture is boiling, start testing the temperature. If using a traditional candy thermometer, make sure it is fitted on the saucepan at this point.
- Once the mixture reaches 300°F, remove from heat and add flavoring and food coloring. Stir to combine. The mixture will bubble.
- Pour mixture into a prepared two-cup measuring glass and immediately pour into prepared molds, making sure the sticks extend into the sucker. Once the molds are filled, place in a cool place until they are hardened, about 4-5 hours.
- Remove from molds and put in sucker wrappers with twist ties. This will prevent the sucker from becoming sticky and makes for a beautiful presentation.
- Cinnamon oil is traditional but cherry tastes like a store-bought Valentine’s sucker.
- Working with sugar can be a fast process, so having all ingredients ready before beginning will ensure everything happens smoothly!