Peppermint lollipops

Peppermint lollipops

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Makes about 40 - easily doubled or tripled
These little treats are the new wedding must-haves, but make them yourself and they won't break the bank

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  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar



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  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp peppermint essence
  • green food colouring
  • 40 plastic lollipop sticks ( or, or wooden skewers cut into short lengths


  1. Put the sugar and cream of tartar into a saucepan with 200ml hot water. Gently heat until the sugar has completely melted, then increase the heat and boil until the mixture reaches the ‘hard crack’ stage on a sugar thermometer (or a small spoonful dropped into cold water sets hard). Remove from heat immediately and swirl in peppermint essence and enough green colouring to give a pale green colour – start by adding just one drop at a time.

  2. Cover a heatproof surface with baking parchment. Using a metal spoon, carefully pour some peppermint syrup onto the paper – roughly ½-1 tbsp per lolly. Push a lolly stick into each. If the syrup becomes too thick, just put the pan back over a gentle heat briefly. But if the syrup is too hot and runny, the shapes won’t be as even so set it aside for a minute. Set lollies until hard.

  3. To clean equipment after lollipop making drop everything back into the pan, fill with water and bring to the boil.

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Comments (7)

alexandralogan's picture

Fab recipe to make for sherbet dip-dabs - we used strawberry essence instead of the peppermint. Will make again!

rosethecakermaker's picture

These were easy to make and set really well but when you came to eating them they nearly glued your mouth shut!!.

any ideas on how you can stop this from happening??

bradsgirl's picture

I made these the other day, but instead of using mint I used butterscotch essence. They came out really well and tasted fab. I took them to my friends house and all the kids loved them. She is getting married soon and want me to make them for her as favors for the guests. The only down side is cleaning up!, it get quite sticky and messy.

tinysparkles's picture

experimented for the first time the other weekend but the lollies were not rock solid even after a day of cooling down. and they became soft after a few licks unlike lollies you buy from the shop! i did half the amount for trialling, perhaps this affected the consistancy? will try again!

jburton's picture

These sound fab, and so easy to make. cant wait to give them a go.

foggyamh's picture

Made these as little Christmas presents for my niece. They look lovely in little cello wrappers, and Taste lovely

debs66's picture

I made these tonight for my sons bazaar at school. They are really easy and set really quickly. However, beware of dropping the syrup on your fingers as it's extremely hot!! I personally would add an extra tea spoon of peppermint essence, but other than that, I have no complaints, they are great and so simple.

Questions (2)

Whitney.'s picture

Hi, does anyone have any idea how long these lollies take to set?
I really want to make them as part of my GCSE coursework for Home Economics but we only have a couple of hours in which to do practical work!

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, these lollies will take a few hours to set, depending on the temperature of the room etc. If you have limited time we would suggest a different recipe, good luck!

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