I call these Double Rainbow Lollipops because they are two-sided. One side allows you to enjoy a more high contrast/super saturated mix of colours, while flipping it over allows you to view a more gentle pastel view of the same tones. I added some edible glitter inside the light side so that when you hold them up to light, they really shine. I love to look at both sides, then gobble them up!
- coloured hard candies (like Jolly Ranchers)
- freezer bags
- silicone molds (any shape you like)
- lollipop sticks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1/3 cup water
- wooden spoon
- candy thermometer or ice water and bowl
- edible glitter
- hair dryer or oven (toaster oven will do, too)
Step 1: It's Hammer Time
Preheat oven to 275 F. Separate your hard candies by colour, unwrap, and add to freezer bags. Use a hard and stable surface (on a nice thick chopping board will do) to hammer the candies into little bits.
Place each colour into its own bowl.
Step 2: Mold and Melt the Rainbows
Sprinkle some of each colour of hard candy into the silicon molds.
Place in preheated oven for about 7 minutes, until fully melted and you see no candy chunks.
Allow to cool until fully hardened, then pop out the molds and set aside. Clean out the candy molds.
Step 3: Making Clear Hard Candy
To make hard clear candy for the pastel side, place sugar, corn syrup and water in saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil.
Use your candy thermometer to make sure it registers at 300 F for hard crack stage.
If you don't have a candy thermometer, have a little bowl of very cold water read. Drop some of the syrup mixture into the water. If it forms hard threads that crack when you try to squeeze it, you've hit hard crack stage. If it's still soft and a bit bendy, keep boiling and retest in cold water.
Step 4: Make It Shine
Working very quickly, pour the hard candy mixture into your silicon molds.
Sprinkle with glitter, then stir in with a lollipop stick or chopstick so it looks swirly.
Allow to cool completely, then pop out the molds.
Step 5: Hairdryer Binding Method
You can attach the lollipop sticks to the candy by using high heat on a low setting of a hairdryer.
You can also attach the clear sparkly side of the lollipop onto the rainbow side with this same technique.
Step 6: Oven Binding Method
You can also just use your oven or toaster oven to attach the lollipop sticks. Set heat to 250 F and place either side of candy on a piece of foil. Allow to melt just enough to press the lollipop stick into the candy.
Place the other side of the candy on top of the other and press together.
Step 7: Enjoy the View... Then Eat It!
I just love holding them up to the sun and twirling them around to see both high contrast and pastel sides. So pretty!