1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. candy flavoring oil (extracts won’t work)
Liquid or gel food coloring
colored sugar (I didn’t have any on hand, and just used white sugar)
1. Mix sugar, water and syrup in a lightweight pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Add candy thermometer, cook to hard crack stage (300 degrees); remove from heat. When bubbles simmer down, stir in oil flavoring and liquid food coloring as desired.
2. Prepare molds & sticks on lightly greased cookie sheet.
3. Pour hot candy mixture into prepared molds.
4. Remove suckers from molds when cool and beginning to hold their shape. Dip suckers into colored sugar to keep them from sticking together when stored.
Makes about 12 suckers – depending on size.
Store cooled suckers in plastic bags.