½tspcandy flavoringsold in teaspoon increments called "drams"
½tspred food coloringor 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!