As candy-making becomes more popular, more people are starting to experiment by making their own lollipops at home. By throwing bubblegum and some gelatin flavoring into the mix, we found it was easy not only to make lollipops at home, but to make the well-liked Blow Pops at home as well.
Many thanks to Alexis Murphy of Jacolyn Murphy for helping with the development of this recipe.
Prepare cupcake or brownie molds by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray. Stick 1 piece of bubblegum onto each end of a lollipop stick and place them into the molds.
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, and water together over medium-high heat. Stir together so that the sugar dissolves, and then brush down the sides of the pan with a dampened pastry brush to wipe away any sugar from the sides of the saucepan. Without stirring the mixture, bring to a boil and let it cook until the candy mixture reaches 275 degrees. Once it reaches 275 degrees, remove from heat and allow the candy mixture to stop bubbling. Stir in the gelatin mix. Working quickly, pour the candy mixture into the molds and spin the sticks around so that the bubblegum is completely coated (you can also use a metal tablespoon to do this part). Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then wrap in individual plastic wrappers or with plastic wrap.