How to make swirly lollipops

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Lollipops are a fun and easy to make treat for all ages. They require few ingredients and are a lot of fun to give as treats, or make with children. Whether you need treats for a party, or just want to make some sweets for fun, this easy recipe makes delicious, swirly lollipops.

Take the lollipop moulds and cover the insides with vegetable oil . Use plastic sucker sticks and place them so that they are about 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) inside the mould.

Create the syrup you'll use to make your lollipops by mixing together 400 g (2 cups) of sugar, 180 ml (3/4 cups) and 2 tbsp of water and 160 ml (2/3 cup) of light corn syrup into a saucepan. Cook the mixture on high heat on the stove. Measure with a candy thermometer and cook until the temperature reaches 120 degrees C (250 degrees F).

Add 1/8 tsp of food colouring to the mixture. Cook different batches if you want to create different colours. Once the food colouring has been added, do not stir the mixture, but continue to let it cook until the temperature reaches 150 degrees C (300 degrees F).

Remove the mixture from the stove and add in 1/8 tsp of flavoured oil. This can be found in the cooking section of most craft shops, and is used for flavouring sweets. Stir the flavouring in.

Pour the flavouring into the moulds. Mix different colours together, or use a spoon to create a swirled effect. Put them into the fridge to let them cool. Once they have completely hardened, twist the moulds back and forth to pop the suckers out. Wrap them in wax paper and store them until you're ready to eat them.