Perfect Jolly Rancher Lollipops
Have you seen those Jolly Rancher suckers all over Pinterest?
I decided to try them, then tell you guys about what worked and what didn’t.
The right way: a better size and prettier shape
The wrong way: melted too quickly, making them too thin
Perfect Jolly Rancher Suckers
- Jolly Ranchers
- Lollipop sticks
- Oven + baking sheet
- Foil + non-stick spray OR…
- Parchment paper
- Preheat oven to 235 degrees
- Lightly spray a sheet of foil and spread it on a cookie sheet (I used Pam); parchment paper works well too
- Unwrap the Jolly Ranchers
- Assemble your desired flavor/color combination of 3 candies on the foil, making sure the candies are as close together as possible
- Bake for 10-14 minutes, keeping a very close eye on them
- Remove from oven and roll lollipop sticks in the candy while it’s still warm. Rolling the sticks in the candy ensures that all sides of the stick is covered.
- Gently remove the suckers from the foil, and place them on a cooling rack
Note: Remember that all ovens are different. Some are hotter than others. So to be super careful, try out 1-2 test
Notes: I looked up multiple recipes and the oven temperature all varied. Some said 200 degrees, 250 degrees, and some said 275 degrees. I tested the average of all three(approximately 235 degrees) then tried 275 degrees because it was taking so long for the candy to melt.
After I tried 275 degrees, I found that I preferred to work with a cooler oven temperature because I felt like it gave me more control over how quickly the candy melted.
Note: Don’t assemble too many Jolly Rancher sets on the cookie sheet at one time. I put too many on the sheet and they all melted together.
Note: Interestingly, I found that the Green Apple Jolly Ranchers melted slower than the other flavors. You might want to consider baking your Jolly Rancher sets that have green ones in them all at the same time.
Caution: when you bite these suckers(pun not intended), the broken edges and broken pieces are very sharp. Be sure to be careful when you give these to children.
Also, word of advice: once the candies are cooled, I suggest you individually wrap them in candy wrappers, or put them in individual Ziplock bags. Don’t set them all nicely on a plate and leave them on the table all day. They stick together then break when you try to pull them apart….