Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lollipop recipe

I am making revisions to this recipe. While this recipe is good, I have found a way to improve it.
I will post the complete recipe with revisions soon.
The main change is: the jello- there is a different way to add the flavor and color.
Use food coloring and flavoring oils. Doing this can reduce the graininess that can sometimes happen when you use jello, plus these are easier to stir in.
You will need to wait until the syrup solution stops bubbling after you remove it from heat. This is to ensure that none of your flavoring oil evaporates off.
There is also another way using water instead of butter- I will include this in the recipe revision.

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When I want to make lollipops this is the recipe I use. It is also what made me realize cooking with cannabis is not difficult, in fact it is rather easy if you pay attention to your temperatures-more on that later in a separate blog. This recipe will make between 14 to 16 lollipops on average.

The equipment:
1. lollipop sticks or anything else you want to use- I used toothpicks the first time since I didn't have any lollipop sticks

2. large baking sheets or if you have them, candy molds specifically for lollipops-these give the candy a place to set up on the sticks
lollipop mold

3. a small, heavy bottomed saucepan, and if you have it, use one with a pouring spout. It makes life easier.

saucepan with pouring spouts
copper-best for candymaking


4. nonstick cooking spray for the baking sheets or candy molds, if you don't have this use butter and dust with confectioner's sugar.

5. candy thermometer
6. a metal tablespoon measuring spoon, for portioning out the candy for each lollipop. It has to be metal because of the temperature of the candy. If you are using a saucepan with a pouring spout, you won't need it, but you'll need a steady hand and a good eye.

7. whisk or metal spoon

The ingredients:
They can look like this with practice 
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/4 c. butter
1 (3 oz) box of gelatin dessert mix

The butter is where I do the substitution- for heavier dosage you can completely replace the butter with cannabutter, depending on the strength of your cannabutter. I use very potent cannabutter and substitute all of the butter for cannabutter, so far I haven't had any complaints.

Set up your equipment, prep your baking sheets or candy molds, set up the lollipop sticks with 10 per baking sheet and spaced evenly about 2 inches apart.
Have all of the ingredients measured out and ready to go, this goes fast.

Saucepan on the stove on medium heat. Add butter.
When it melts add the corn syrup and turn the heat down to low.
Add sugar. Stir.
When sugar dissolves, turn the heat up to medium high. Bring it to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue cooking until the temperature registers 275 degrees F.
Immediately add the gelatin and stir it in well.
Take the saucepan off of the heat. It is time to pour the candy on the lollipop sticks or in the molds.
Use the metal tablespoon or pour from the pouring spout on the saucepan into the molds or on the last 3/4 of an inch of one end of each lollipop stick.

You have to go fast, because by the time you are done pouring all of them, the candy will almost be completely set up.

After the first few times you will be able judge how the candy spreads out and make adjustments when you pour to create a better looking lollipop.

I store these in plastic ziplock bags, by flavor, with confectioner's sugar in the bag so they don't stick together. You can also wrap each separately in plastic wrap or store in another type of airtight container.


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  2. t makes a more creamy solid style treat I would guess rather than the opaque see through?

  3. Hi!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm going to try it this weekend but I have two questions.
    1. I want to double the batch. Are there any additional alterations I should make to the measurements, or will a straight doubling of ingredients work out?

    2. I want to make the lollipops sour. Do you have an idea of how much citric acid should be added to ONE batch's worth of the lollipops?

    1. Doubling is fine, there are no alterations to make other than double the ingredients. The only problem with it is that you have such a small window of time before the candy cools and thickens. Usually I do one batch at a time because of this. I also use a candy pourer, it works best if you are using lollipop molds.
      I use 1/4 tsp of citric acid per batch.

  4. Do i have to refrigerate or freeze pops , until i use them?

    1. no, if they will be eaten within 2 months. They also need to be kept out of direct sunlight.

  5. Replies
    1. you can use a box of jello for both the color and flavor with this recipe or you can use essential flavor oils and food coloring. If you use a different recipe that does not call for butter, the essential flavor oils and food coloring should be used.

  6. Hi,I have made the suckers with cannabis oil and jello recipe, but I really want to try some cannibutter instead. Does anyone have a preference,? Which works better? Any input would be greatly appreciated. 😊

    1. the cannabutter can be tasted somewhat, it adds a cream like taste and with some flavors- eggnog or pumpkin spice- it goes really well. It can be tasted in the candy, but it does not taste as strong as oil. Personally, I like using cannabutter and maybe adding a small amount of oil versus all oil.The taste of the oil can be too overwhelming for some flavors like-raspberry or peach, at least to me. I don't use jello very often anymore. I use essential flavor oils and food coloring which work great and reduce the amount of stirring at the end- which will greatly help reduce grittiness in the candy.

    2. can you tell me how much of the essential flavor oil and food coloring you use and would this replace all of the cannabutter?

    3. Yes, I use the 1/4 cup of cannabutter and add 1 gram of rso. For the flavor and color, I use 1 1/2 TSP. Of East. Oil extract and 1/2 TSP. Of food coloring. With some flavors you may need to use more.

  7. I've made them twice now and i have problems with the oil not incorporating, it kind of sits on top especially once the jello is added, anyone else experience that? or have any tips?

    1. yes, that has happened to me.
      When the sugar solution reaches temp, let it sit til it stops bubbling, then add your flavoring and color. These lollipops can be made using essential oil flavors and food coloring, instead of jello.
      Another thing I usually do is- at the beginning let the cannabutter melt on low heat, once it is melted add corn syrup, let liquefy, then add sugar turn up heat. Just make sure that sugar is completely incorporated before it reaches a boil. Then don't stir at all- til you add in the flavor and color ingredients.
      humidity can also play a factor and some flavors of jello or different brands-like generic, just don't work as well- they require more stirring to incorporate(like the problem you are talking about) this causes the temp to lower a lot-which makes pouring it in time a pain and also leads to a gritty texture. Using jello, I have found can cause this gritty texture a lot because of the extra stirring.
      If you use oil-like rso- add it when you add the corn syrup. I actually use a different recipe when I use oil- water instead of butter and esst. oil flavor and food coloring-no jello. I hope this helps.

  8. @ginavanzant What do you think of gummies vs lollipops (in terms of ease of creating, obtaining ingredients etc.) and do you have an easy recipe for making canna gummies?

    1. I haven't tried making gummies yet. I have seen recipes and I made something similar once. The problem I had was I used oil and unfortunately the oil taste overpowers the flavor of the gummy. I didn't look up recipes that use butter, so maybe it could be done using butter- you may end up having to use more flavoring though to somewhat hide the taste.
      Good example, if not quite the same, is the peppermint marshmallow I make, I tried at first to use oil and all you could taste was the oil. Now when I make them, I use either keif or hash. The gummies might work great doing that and keif/hash will not add any liquid to the recipe, so you won't have to increase your unflavored gelatin.
      I have a few recipes for making gummies, one with sugar and one without, but I have not made either of these medicated.
      The one with sugar:
      jello gelatin- 5oz
      unflavored gelatin- 7 envelopes
      water- 1/2 cup
      in a bowl: combine all ingredients together until it resembles playdough
      place it into a pan and turn on to low heat
      stir until melted
      pour into molds
      place molds in freezer for 5 minutes

      Sugar Free gummy worms:
      unflavored gelatin- 3 envelopes
      sugarfree jello- 2 packages
      boiling water- 1 cup
      kool aid- 1 package
      lightly spray 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray
      in a bowl: combine all ingredients until dissolved
      pour into 8x8 pan
      refrigerate until firm
      then cut into strips
      use a gummy worm mold
      and refrigerate in that mold

  9. Ive been successful at making the lollipops but I haven't been successfully at getting the potency down. Each batch has been weak. Im not sure if its the amount of butter Im adding or if its that the butter is not strong enough? On my last batch I used 1/4 cup of cannabutrer and it wasnt very strong. In other blogs Ive read that there should be at least 1/2 cup used in a recipe to get good effects, is this true?

    1. I would not recommend adding more butter, that will change the ratio which could cause issues.
      A gram of rso can be added at the same time as you add the corn syrup, just before the sugar, this works well.
      The butter can be strengthened. I don't know how you make cannabutter, but clarifying the butter and adding rso to it works out well and you know exactly how strong the butter is. Adding rso right after clarifying the butter, while it is still warm, but not being heated on the stove minimizes risk of losing cannabinoids.
      Usually for a dum dum sized lolly, it can be up to 50mg T, but your butter has to be strong and 1 g of rso will need to be added.
      Kief or hash can be added instead of the gram of rso, at the same time you would add the rso.

  10. Thanks for sharing, will it make a difference if you use stevie instead of sugar

  11. Thanks for sharing, will it make a difference if you use stevie instead of sugar

  12. Hi I want to make lollipops at 10 MG per pop using a strain with 15% potency for a total of 48 pops per batch what is my cannabutter ration I will need to use? To achieve this I plan on using 4 grams to 1 stick of butter confused

    1. 1 gram x 15% = 150mg x 4 grams = 600 mg per stick of butter 4/5= 480/48 pops = 10mg per pop. i would use the whole stick to account for lost cannabinoids during the extraction (butter making) process.

  13. Hi I want to make lollipops at 10 MG per pop using a strain with 15% potency for a total of 48 pops per batch what is my cannabutter ration I will need to use? To achieve this I plan on using 4 grams to 1 stick of butter confused

  14. Thanks for sharing my lollipops turned iut awesosme for my first batch

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  16. I read on a different site (just a cooking site) that you can add a cool aid pack mixed with one tablespoon of water and that will do the color and flavor and probably won't be very grainy. I haven't tried it yet but I will make sure to let you all know how it goes.

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  17. OK here we go to make what ever hard candies? The best way I found is to put sugar corn syrup take put enough butter about half make it turn clear. Then I take some butter melt it down put it in the millions mix to make it not so grainy. Now on another burner put a bigger San pan boil water Once boiling turn down wait. After you reached 300% or 310% this will make your Candie hard. Anything under 300% you will have soft gooy candies. Now once you have everything mixed and your at 300% take off the stove put the pan in he boil water pan this give you plenty of time to put in your molds. It also helps with the clean up. I make the best candies cake cookies what ever it is I make it. Email me @steelers5thwheel@yahoo.com I will help anyone get going

  18. Hi, I have a few questions First, How did you figure how much butter ratio to use in this recipe? Second, I would like to use this recipe without Jello what would my ratio be? Third, How many lollipops did you make? I used a different recipe and was able to use 5 plastic rectangle gem molds and it also called for 1 cup of cannabutter. The recipe that I used also had honey in it and I don't want to use that either. What would you recommend?

  19. Could i use a tinture instead of cannabutter. I make my own tintures from time to time and havent made hard candies with it yet but i was just wondering if you knew.

  20. Hello Gina Van Zandt. Is this recipe for 10 pops? I have made some candy and using butter is off the wall to me but I'm going to do it. Also I plan attempting to use an infused vegetable glycerin instead of corn syrup. Any thoughts on that? My tolerance is pretty high, lol, for edibles so I am looking to get around 25mg per pop. Can anyone help me out with that?

    1. I thought about vg in place of the corn syrup but wouldn't bringing it up to the hard crack stage at 300" burn of the THC somewhat ?

  21. If I used oil instead of butter when would I add it

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  23. Hey ive tried this recipe multiple time but almost every time it turns into a weird gummy almost hard candy but nevrr actually hardens i dont have a candy thermometor is that the problem?

    1. It is a problem yes. It sounds like you aren't getting the sugar to the hard ball stage ie cooking it long enough. Too hard breaks hour teeth. Not hard and it's almost a rubbery taffy. Go get a 10$ candy thermometer from wm and lmk how it works out for ya 😉