Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Homemade Suckers

When I was a kid my mom made suckers once a week.  There were a billion of us kids (ok, only 10 but still) we didn't have a lot of money so our treats were always homemade.  Instead of other kids that had fruit roll ups, and fruit snacks and store bought treats, we had homemade suckers, carmel popcorn, and jello jigglers.  So when my son asked if we could make suckers it brought back all sorts of fantastic memories.

The only problem was trying to find the good metal sucker molds that my mom has.  I checked our local craft stores to no avail. Everyone seems to have the cheap plastic molds made for chocolate but not the metal ones.  I checked on amazon and even eBay, but they were crazy expensive.  I tried to google it but still nothing.

A few weeks ago when my mom came to visit I asked her to bring her sucker molds so we could make suckers.  My sisters brought their kids over and we ate dinner, then afterwards we all stood in the kitchen and made some suckers.

Homemade Suckers

2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c water
1/2 clear corn syrup
1 tsp oil flavoring
food coloring (optional)

Set up the sucker molds on a cookie sheet, then spray with non-stick spray.

Bring sugar, water and corn syrup to boil over high heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally till it reaches a hard crack stage - 300 degrees.

Once it reaches this temp, take the pan off the heat and add the flavoring and food coloring .  Stir it till it stops bubbling.  Then carefully pour it into the prepared sucker molds.  Let them cool completely before you take them out of the molds.

As a side note, there will be some of the candy that spills over the sides of the molds, that's ok, that's the best part.

While we were making the suckers we asked my mom where she got the molds and she told us there use to be a store in Salt Lake called Gygi.  We googled it and found that they are still in business.  Plus you can order online.  Woohoo!!!

Here's the link for the sucker molds.  Gygi Old Fashioned Sucker Molds
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