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Microwave Suckers!

I've been wanting to make home-made suckers for a while now, but wasn't able to get a mold for them until last night. I was planning on making them on the stove again, but the grape flavoring I bought last night had directions to make them in the microwave! It was a little late once I finished painting Bucky, and I was a little skeptical of how well using the microwave would work, but I figured it was worth a try...

The recipe made *a ton*, maybe 20 suckers. I made the 6 suckers in the mold, and then let the rest of it cool in the measuring cup. Slap on a piece of plastic wrap and put it back in the microwave again and it will re-melt the syrup enough to pour them in the molds. The first few times I heated it for 3 minutes again, but the last time there was so little syrup that it got very burnt after 2 minutes, so you'll want to test out different times. After pouring so many of them I'm pretty sick of grape now! ;) (On my first batch you can see I over-filled the molds, but I've gotten better at that).

I want to work out the cooking times on a smaller batch that I can make in the 1 cup measuring cup and only make a few suckers so I can have lots of flavors (you don't add the flavoring until the end, so I could split the batch before adding it but you have to work quickly). Once I get the smaller recipe figured out I will post it on here.

But if you want a large batch of one flavor, it worked great!
Here's the recipe ~

Microwave Hard Candy
(from LorAnn Gourmet Flavoring Oil)

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp flavoring oil or extract
Food coloring (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)

1) Thoroughly mix sugar and light corn syrup in a 4-cup microwave-safe glass measure. Cover with plastic wrap.

2) Microwave on High for 3 minutes and 10 seconds*. Remove from microwave and carefully remove plastic wrap. Quickly stir the sugar mixture and then cover with a new sheet of plastic wrap. Microwave again on High for 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Remove from microwave, carefully remove plastic wrap and stir. Use caution to avoid rising steam.

3) Stir in coloring and then flavoring. Pour syrup quickly, but carefully, into lightly oiled lollipop molds or onto greased cookie sheet (score at once to mark squares; break into pieces when cool). Let candy cool until hardened. Do not put cooling candy in refrigerator.

4) When completely cool, remove from mold or pan and dust with powdered sugar to keep from sticking.

*Cooking times based on using a standard 600-700 watt household microwave. You may need to adjust cooking times for your microwave. Cooked too long = burned sugar (syrup mixture is a deep golden color).

I followed the recipe exactly, using molds, and it turned out really good. The only problem I found was that it was a little grain-y when you ate the sucker, so that might mean that it was not cooked long enough... I'm not sure if that is correct or not. It was not rough enough to hurt your tongue, it just seemed like it should have been smooth throughout.

Now I am guessing you can probably also make suckers from pre-made candies in the microwave too.