Zotz.......ON a STICK!




I love those zotz. If you have never had one, it is a hard candy with a powder inside that reacts to saliva and produces carbon dioxide bubbles, thus forming lots of sour foam. I found out that the three ingredients are an acid, a base and a sweetner. The acid is citric acid and the base is baking soda. (And the sweetner is sugar)

So I found out how to make the powder, but then I thought, why don't I make imitation zotz.....ON A STICK! My mother makes hard candy suckers so I thought, why don't I just put some of that powder in the suckers?


Please submit your pictures of the zotz on a stick because I need a good first picture.  I don't have a high quality camera so PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PICTURES!


Step 1: Step One.... Ingredients

You can use this recipie or use your own hard candy recipe.  I did two batches (one to be the first layer of the sucker and another to be the top) so you might have to do two of these measurements.

-1 cup sugar
-1/3 cup white corn syrup (I used light corn syrup)
-1/2 cup water
-1 tsp. flavoring (you could use 1/2 tsp. but it wouldn't taste good)
-food coloring
-1/4 citric acid (optional for sucker mix)

Things you do need: (For the fizz powder)

-1 tsp. citric acid (not optional for fizz)
-1 tsp. baking soda
-2 tsp. powdered sugar

Other non-food stuff:

-Sucker sticks
-Sucker molds
-awesomeness (optional)

Read the image notes!

Step 2: Step Two...... Setting Up the Molds

This part matters about what kind of sucker molds you have.

I put a stick in, put a clip on the mold, put it on foil then spray it with pam.  Your sucker molds should come with instructions. 

Step 3: Step Three....... Mixing the Fizzy Stuff

This part is easy.  All you do is put the 1 tsp. citric acid, the 1 tsp. baking soda and the 2 tsp. powdered sugar. 

You can dip your pinkie in the powder and then lick it.  It feels so cool!

Step 4: Step Four.......... Mixing the Sucker Mix

I am reading off the recipe just do what it says.

Combine sugar, water, corn syrup in a small saucepan.  Boil until it reaches 275 degrees then stir in the citric acid (optional) flavoring and food coloring.  Stir intil it cools down to 275 degrees (it will go above 275 degrees when you take it off the stove).  Hurry and look at the next step before the mix cools down to much!

When it heats up to 200 degrees it stays on 200 then goes up all of a sudden.

Step 5: Step Five............ Pouring the First Batch

Go over to your molds with the pot full of sucker mix in hand.  Find a mold to start on and pour in a little less then half way.  If you put all the molds in the middle like I did, you can just pour and not spill that much. 

Step 6: Step Six........ Putting in the Powder

This part is fairly easy.  Right before the candy dries, it will be a state of goo where you will get the 1/4 tsp. hemisphere-ish measuring device and put dents in the middle of the sucker.
The sucker should be gooey enough where you can make that dent and it should stay in that shape.  Look at the picture.

Next, put 1/8 tsp. of the fizzy powder in that dent you make and try to keep the powder in the middle.  If you don't, there will be a hole in the side where saliva will get to and use all of the fizzy stuff inside so you won't have fizzy stuff to look forward to when you start licking the sucker.

If you pat down the powder, it should go down into the hole and pack down pretty well.

Step 7: Step Seven...... Make a New Batch

Make a second batch by following step four.

Step 8: Step Eight....... Finishing the Suckers

Get the mix from step seven and fill the remaining space in the molds with the new mix and let it cool.

Step 9: Step Nine........ Removing the Molds

Ater the suckers have cooled you can finally take the sucker from the mold.  Each mold is different so I won't explain this part.

Step 10: Step Ten................ Voting for Me

You can eat the suckers!




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    41 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I just tried making Zotz (not on a stick) based on your recipe, and these are my questions:

    1. I bought the "sugar free" hard candy package from Loran and it was way too sweet. I have already bought a bag of Truvia to make my second batch, but need to reduce the sweetness of these sugar free products. What can I add to increase bulk without increasing sweetness?

    2. I used a hard candy mold, filled halfway up, and let harden a bit, then made an impression and added the powder. Unfortunately, the powder starting fizzing when I added the second layer of melted candy. Anyway to keep the baking soda from fizzing when you "top it off" with more hot candy?

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm. I have only tried this with sugar and corn syrup. I'm not sure about the first question. But the sugar substitute might set off the citric acid, so you might be out of luck.


    6 years ago on Step 3

    Where did you get all that citric acid??


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Just buy some molds...they're super cheap...maybe $1 each? At most. Usually you can buy them in sets for a few bucks. Go to your local craft store or baking/restaurant/cooking supply store and pick some up!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    You can actually make your own mold if you want to. I made one of the molds I have. Just get aluminum strips and bend it to the shape that you want to. I deleted the reply before this but all it said was you have to use a mold.


    8 years ago on Step 2

    i think puppiesrock didn't want to buy a mold which makes perfect sense because buying things is for suckers....yeah...that just happened..you love it. but you could use just about anything for a mold don't buy one purpose crap. might be interesting to see if you could make it out of air dry clay and line it with foil or something then break the clay...because you can just add water and reuse it....i have never made candy myself so i don't know for sure if it would work.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The molds are cheap though. They are only aluminum strips. I make suckers a bunch so it pays off to just buy them instead of making a million molds just for one batch. (One batch makes a bunch of suckers) You could buy or make them, but if you make suckers alot, buy them.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    yea i hadn't made suckers ever so i was gonna try it with home made molds then if i dicide to make them more often i'd buy the molds. i think i will make them more often now though. i liked them. do you know where i could buy some molds? and the clay molds that Scurvymcdiggle mentiond i dont know how well they would work. i think theyd be ok but the foil would make them not as clear and clean. but if its just for family and not for impressing people or anything it would work.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I got the molds from the Gygi store, but I bet you can buy them online. I don't know where you live so I think your best chance is to find the molds online.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    lol that's awesome! I knew you must, because as far as I know, Orson Gygi is only in Utah. So if I come trick-or-treating at your house on Halloween, will you be giving out zot suckers? lol