How to Make Lollipops without Corn Syrup

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It’s easy to learn how to make lollipops without corn syrup at home. Most commercially sold lollipops contain corn syrup, so this is a way to give kids lollipops without that ingredient.

Kids? Who’s talking about kids? Right, okay, kids or kids at heart. Whoever is going to eat these lollipops.

Making lollipops is also fun. You can get creative with the flavors and the look of them. And it’s one of the most easy dessert recipes ever.

And you can choose whatever form of sugar or artificial sweetener you want to use, or make your own unique flavors. You can put your own twist on any of these recipes to create something really unique.

Swirled homemade lollipops

Learn How to Make Lollipops

It’s so easy once you know how to make lollipops. The basic technique with any lollipop recipe is: pour the melted liquid into a mold, stick a lollipop stick in it, and wait for it to cool. Then you’ve got your lollipop.

The best type of mold to use is a silicone mold for candy. They’re flexible, so it’s easy to pop the cooled lollipop out of the mold. And they’re non-stick without having any weird chemicals.

They also work well with cake pops, which you can make from any cake recipe, like our red velvet cake recipe.

Silicon molds for homemade lollipops

But you don’t have to have a mold. You can make wonky lollipops instead – no mold, totally freeform. Kids actually enjoy getting to shape their own lollipops.

Wonky homemade lollipops in random shapes

You’ll need some lollipop sticks for making these. We try to pick the more environmentally friendly choice for things like this.

In the past, you could go with either the plastic, non-biodegradable, but reusable ones, or the paper ones that aren’t reusable and involve cutting down trees, but are biodegradable.

But there’s a new choice: bamboo lollipop sticks. They’re not reusable like plastic, but they’re biodegradable like paper, and they come from a more renewable source of wood.

Red glossy heart-shaped lollipop

An Easy Corn Syrup Substitute

Here’s some good news: you can take any lollipop recipe that calls for corn syrup and substitute any of the following instead.

  • Golden syrup is popular in the UK but rare to see in stores in the US. If you can’t find it locally, you can order golden syrup on Amazon. It will work in as a one-to-one substitute in hard candy making.
  • Brown rice syrup (from Amazon) is another one-to-one substitute that will work in hard candy.
Wonky homemade lollipops with coffee beans

Homemade Lollipop Recipes

These are the very simple to make homemade lollipop recipes. They're lots of fun, and kids love them.

Swirled lollipops made from homemade lollipop recipe
Yield: 1 batch

Homemade Lollipop Recipe Without Corn Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This lollipop recipe doesn't use any corn syrup. It's easy to make and tastes delicious.


  1. Combine the sugar and Cream of Tartar with the water. Stir them together until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Boil the mixture until it's 290 degrees F, or until putting a drop of it in cold water results in a hard bead.
  3. Take it off the heat and then add the flavoring and coloring.
  4. Pour the mixture into greased molds.
  5. When it's cool enough to hold the lollipop stick, put the stick in.
  6. Put in a refrigerator for a few hours to let it harden.

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