These treats aren’t from scratch, but they’re pretty neat (and easy!)
I found them on pinterest last fall, you can see them over here at The Decorated Cookie. There’s tons of tutorials out there now on how to make these. There’s one here from recently that shows you how to make them into shapes (like hearts. I think they put the crushed candies in a cookie cutter to make the shape, then remove the cutter before baking- but I didn’t see that detail in the directions).
Hard candies of your choice, placed on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. I put my candies inclose together, but not necessarily touching since they meld together some as they melt down in the oven. Oddly placed candies should still be okay, as long as there’s something within, say 1/2 and inch. Melt in a 275 degree oven for 5-10 minutes (melt them, but don’t let them get too thin and runny, and/or bubbly around the edges). Add a stick immediately when you pull them out of the oven, then let sit to cool. (Roll the stick to cover it with the molten candy when you put it into the lollipop.)
I used jolly ranchers. I also made one from warheads. Most any hard candy *should* work.
So here’s my spin: I used round wooden dowels (3/16, about 12″long). These are inserted after baking just like the original post. They can also be put in the oven without a problem if you prefer to have that part done ahead of time.
I also used a lot more candies and molded my parchment paper to a lid to form about a 6″ circle- not precise, but enough to give it the basic shape. (Remove the lid from the paper before continuing!) Then I proceeded with the melting. These took closer to 10 minutes with all that candy. I didn’t chop/smash/grind up the candies in any way, just put them in whole and they melted together. If you use crushed candy, don’t leave spaces or get the layer too thin.
I wrapped in plastic wrap once they cooled.
The result was jumbo lollipops (Christmas gifts- well received! Need to see if my mom has a picture of some with theirs.)