Jolly Rancher Lollipops are all over Pinterest. When I was putting together a Willy Wonka-themed party room, I brainstormed on how to decorate the room based on a book and two movies where everything was edible and I was on a very limited budget. A lot of detail went into the room which was part of our church Halloween party activity. I’ll put each project from the room into a separate post.
I wanted some kind of edible flowers. Teacup daffodils were too expensive to make and messy if they fell over. I thought something smaller would be good. I knew you could remelt hard candies to make lollipops and other shaped candies. After looking around google images for DIY Easy Jolly Rancher lollipops, I decided to try my hand at them. I love those hard candies! Besides, Jolly Ranchers are gluten and dairy free. I know a few kids would be at the party with those allergies and I didn’t want to make a room full of treats they couldn’t enjoy.
I grabbed everything I thought I’d need: silicone baking mat, lollipop sticks, and a bag of Jolly Ranchers. From the pictures I saw, I knew I would need three candies per lollipop. Then I needed to preheat my oven while I lined everything up. How hot and for how long? Back to Google for some help. And there it was! Read, Write, Repeat’s DIY Jolly Rancher lollipops. What makes hers so special? Well, she fashioned hers into flowers! So what if it was posted a few years ago; it was exactly what I needed.
Regular Jolly Rancher lollipops are what happens when you line up 3 candies vertically and lay the lollipop stick on top. They end up as tall and flat lollipops. Lori turns her candies sideways (horizontal) and line sup the lollipop stick along the center candy. She bakes them at 265 very briefly, maybe 5 minutes, and while they are only slightly cool, she rolls them and they come out like this!
Let me just say that working with melted Jolly Ranchers is not easy. Thirty seconds too long and everything melts into each other. Sometimes the lollipop sticks roll off as soon as you put them into the oven. The coolest thing is the neat “design” the lollipops picked up from my silicone mat. Honestly, for every single lollipop that came out, I broke about 3 or 4. Really. At one point, as soon as I took this picture of the finished product, the little bucket holding the lollipops fell over and wouldn’t ya know it, those little lollipops shatter like glass! A million little pieces. I took the few survivors with me and put them in my Willy Wonka room. There along side my gummy boat and fruit cup flowers, were my Jolly Rancher Lollipops. The first five kids into the room, made off with them! Other kids came in looking for more!
Will I make them again? Um, probably not any time soon. I like quick and easy and in my drafty kitchen, temperature-sensitive recipes like melting chocolate or candy don’t turn out well. Maybe I’ll make the more straight forward, unfolded lollipops.