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    Easy homemade suckers

    Once upon a time, I pinned on Pinterest a pin for making homemade suckers using Jolly Rancher candies. When you clicked on that pin, it didn't lead to the actual directions (as I've found the case to be with many a Pinterest pin), but the photos made it seem simple enough that further directions weren't necesary.

    The photos also made it seem like a sweet and simple project Bubby would enjoy. So we tried it.

    Bubby and Mac both enjoyed it. Well, Mac mostly sampled the Jolly Ranchers while Bubby and I did the work. Here are the directions—which will be here for a long time to come, just in case you choose to pin them on Pinterest for returning to later.

    What you need:

    • Jolly Rancher hard candies
    • sucker sticks
    • parchment paper

    What you do:

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place candies in sets of three in spots on the parchment paper that will allow for a sucker stick to extend from the candy grouping once candies are melted in the oven.

    Bake for about 5 minutes or until the candies are melted.


    Remove from oven and immediately press sucker sticks into each candy puddle.

    Cool completely and remove from parchment paper.

    Two notes: 1. Use parchment paper, not wax paper for lining the baking sheet. I used wax paper and much of it stuck to the suckers. Then I made a smaller batch using parchment paper and the suckers came off the paper beautifully. 2. Bubby and I decided three Jolly Ranchers per sucker made for a large-size sucker requiring lots of sucking, so we plan to use only two Jolly Ranchers per sucker going forward.

    Today's question:

    What is your favorite candy?

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    Reader Comments (9)

    Fun idea and so easy I think even I could do it. Thank you for detailed instructions!

    I'm partial to Peppermint Patties, M & M's, Butterfingers...oh who am I kidding? Anything with chocolate...

    January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Super cute. You could make themed suckers depending on the colors you use. I am partial to M&Ms myself.

    January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPammeey

    This is something I will try! I love the kiddos at the oven....anticipating.

    January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker

    Their faces show that project to be one of your very best! Cute pictures.

    January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Very cute idea and I love the look on their faces!

    I love anything with chocolate!

    January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    This is a great idea Lisa. I'm adding this one to my "Camp Grandma" aresenal of things to do. Thanks for sharing!

    January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Spindle

    I suck at the super-mom stuff, but I'm totally going to do this. If there's anything my son loves more than candy, it's ... actually, there's nothing he loves more than candy. Not a thing.

    January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

    How cute! I bet Amara would love making those! Thanks for sharing. As for my favorite -- Dove Darks, 2 squares and I am one happy Grandma!

    January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    darling little activity, but gotta admit I didn't pay much attention to the project with those pictures of the cute little faces in the way! darn those kids are CUTE!

    February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce
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