Ring Pops

Learn how to make candy Ring Pops two ways – make them in minutes with just one ingredient or learn how to make them from scratch.

Finished homemade candy ring pop
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For a long time lollipops have been my favorite type of candy (not including chocolate in that definition of “candy”). Then candy with some sort of function was even better so absolutely, I was a huge fan of edible jewelry and therefore, Ring Pops.

Also, can we pause to think about the fact that they’re hands free! In fact, right now I may or may not be wearing a Ring Pop as I type this. For this reason, I truly do not understand why Ring Pops are not more popular with adults.

Now I have two approaches to DIY Ring Pops – the quick and easy way or the more “authentic” way. It’s simply a matter of if you’d like to get the shape or if you want to learn how to make candy from scratch.

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Ring Pop Recipes

Quick and Easy Ring Pops

Ingredients

  • Hard candy (I used Jolly Ranchers)
  • Jewel silicone mold
  • The clean plastic part from an already eaten ring pop or an actual ring that is food-safe (metal or plastic)
  • Latex gloves

Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

Unwrap several of your hard candies and place them into a microwave-safe bowl. You can make them all one flavor or combine flavors and colors. Just be careful not to choose too many colors or instead of having distinct colors, you’ll end up making brown.

The number of candies to use depends on their size and the size of mold you’re going to use. For example, I used 5 Jolly Ranchers and that made 2 full-sized Ring Pops.

Unwrapping jolly rancher candies and placing them in a microwave safe dish

Put on your latex gloves and microwave the candy in 10 second increments until it is all melted. Be careful not to overheat it or the candy will burn.

Melted and boiling jolly ranchers in a microwave safe dish

The next steps are the same as the recipe made from scratch, so click here to jump to the next steps.

Ring Pops from Scratch

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon flavor extract (I chose orange and vanilla for an orange creamsicle flavor, but choose your favorite candy flavoring)
  • Jewel silicone mold
  • The clean plastic part from an already eaten ring pop or use an actual ring that is food-safe (metal or plastic)
  • Latex gloves

Start by mixing the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan.

pouring water into pot with corn syrup and sugar

 Place over medium-high heat and attach a candy thermometer. Once the sugar crystals are melted, leave it alone.

attaching candy thermometer to pot on stove

As the mixture comes to a boil, put on latex gloves and wipe down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water. You need to remove any mixture or crystals that have stuck to the sides. If you don’t do this, it could cause your whole mixture to crystalize, ruining it.

wiping down the sides of the pot with a pastry brush and water

Let the mixture cook until the temperature reaches 300 F (149 C) and then put the pot into an ice bath to prevent further cooking.

putting a pot of boiling candy into a bowl of water and ice

Once it has stopped bubbling, you can add your food coloring and flavoring. Mix it thoroughly to combine.

measuring flavoring extract over a pot of cooked candy on the stove

Pour into the mold, filling it all the way to the top. Even though you should be wearing gloves, still be VERY careful to not get any on yourself. (Speaking from experience, sugar burns are no joke)

Pouring cooked candy into silicone mold

While the candy is still melted, place the plastic Ring Pop backing or the food-safe ring on top of the mold. Make sure it is touching the melted candy as when it cools, it will stick to the ring.

Let it cool.

Placing the plastic from a ring pop onto the melted candy in the silicone mold

Remove your finished ring pop from the mold, and enjoy!

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Finished DIY ring pop
Finished DIY ring pop

Ring Pops

Learn how to make candy ring pops two ways. Make a ring pop in minutes with just one ingredient or learn how to make them from scratch. The notes describe how to make them in just a few minutes.
Yield 12 Ring Pops
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Cup Corn Syrup
  • ½ Cup Water
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 tsp Flavor extract Pick your favorite candy flavoring
  • 12 Plastic part from an already eaten ring pop or use an actual ring that is food-safe (metal or plastic) Make sure they've been cleaned

Equipment

  • Candy Thermometer
  • Pot
  • Bowl with ice water
  • Pastry brush
  • Latex gloves
  • Silicone jewel mold

Instructions
 

  • Mix the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved. Don't continue stirring.
    pouring water into pot with corn syrup and sugar
  • Attach a candy thermometer
    attaching candy thermometer to pot on stove
  • Wipe down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water. Let the mixture cook until the temperature reaches 300 F (149 C)
    wiping down the sides of the pot with a pastry brush and water
  • Remove from the heat and place into an ice bath
    putting a pot of boiling candy into a bowl of water and ice
  • Once it stops bubbling, add your flavoring and coloring
    measuring flavoring extract over a pot of cooked candy on the stove
  • Pour into the mold, filling them all the way to the top
    Pouring cooked candy into silicone mold
  • While the candy is still melted, place the plastic Ring Pop backing or the food-safe ring on top of the mold.
    Placing the plastic from a ring pop onto the melted candy in the silicone mold
  • Let them cool completely and then remove the ring pops from the mold
    Finished homemade candy ring pop

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Notes

You can customize this recipe with your own colors and flavors.
Another incredibly easy way to make homemade ring pops is to melt your favorite hard candies on 10 second increments in the microwave. Then continue with the steps pouring them into the mold.
Keyword Candy, Lollipop, Ring Pop

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