First, we must remind you that if you want to make your own lollipops you are going to be working with hot candy, which can be very dangerous when not handled with care. We recommend that all children are closely supervised if you decide this is an activity that you want to include them in.
cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil,and place lollipop sticks about 4 inches apart.
In a heavy duty saucepan combine sugar, water, and corn syrup, heat until sugar dissolves. Then Place the lid on the saucepan and boil the syrup mixture for one minute.
Remove the lid and boil the syrup until it reaches 300 F or until a drop of the mixture becomes hard when dropped into cold water (usualy takes around 5 minutes of rapid boiling).
Remove from the heat and allow cool for about 5 minutes, then stir in the flavoring and food coloring.
Pour the syrup in to 3 inch puddles over the top half of each lollipop stick and allow your homemade lollipops to cool completely.
You could also try using these Hard candy molds available on Amazon for different affects. Spray or wipe some oil on the molds before you start, then use a spoon to fill each mold giving it a little tap to release any bubbles.
Our recommended way for melting chocolate is by boiling. To do this you need to fill the bottom of the boiler with water and place on a low heat. Break the chocolate into small lumps and then put it into the top half of the boiler over hot, but not boiling water. The chocolate should not be stirred until it has completely melted and then should only be stirred gently.
Simply break up the chocolate bar in to small lumps and place it in a resealable plastic bag, microwave on high for one minute each time or until its barely melted.
Place chocolate in a shallow oven proof dish and place in a pre-heated oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit or 110 degrees Centigrade or until the chocolate has completely melted.
Lay a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet and place a lollipop stick or half straw (which ever you are using).
If you are using the oven or boiler method use a spoon to draw a shape around the top half of the stick any shape will do just experiment and then get the kids to fill it in. If using the bag method cut a small hole in the corner of the bag to draw the out line of your shape. Or if you have an empty sauce bottle you can spoon the chocolate in to it for easy drawing (rest your bottle in a jug of warm water to keep the chocolate melted).
It's also fun to decorate your homemade lollipops with sprinkles or personalize them using icing pens just make sure you do this while the chocolate is warm, and for a real professional look try one of the hundreds of chocolate molds that are available on the market today.