When I was a kid every once in a while I got to pick out something for myself at the grocery store when my grandparents took me. There were no rules, really, and I could get a box of Flintstones Push Pops that were the bomb before anybody even started using that phrase or candy or whatever. Sometimes I wanted to get the little sugar decorations from the baking aisle! I’d get letters and make words eating away at the ones I never could think of words for like x or q. Those little things tasted so great and they weren’t all squishy underneath from having sat on icing for ages.
Now that may seem a weird thing to have really liked as a kid, but hey, I was a kid. And I’ve never claimed to EVER have been normal :) So when I was going down the food art area at the craft store and I saw these little mustaches I snagged them up. I must admit that I am So. Over. Mustaches. But my nephews aren’t. Paired with some candy eyes I already had at home I knew I could make some crazy cute suckers!
My first instinct was to bust out the Karo syrup and go from scratch but since I couldn’t find my candy thermometer I instead ran up to the Dollar General for some Jolly Ranchers. In the end, these guys were super easy but I do have a few tips!
Oh, and you may or may not know that I am Celiac and therefore cannot eat gluten which cancels out any foods made in the same place foods with wheat are made. But as I stared at the mustaches left over, still stuck to the paper beneath and knowing good and well these suckers were made in a facility that also uses wheat I decided YOLO and popped one in my mouth. And guess what? That son of a gun was so freaking nasty! I don’t know if it is the black food coloring or what but holy mother of dog. They’re still cute and I’d still use them but dang if I will ever put another one of those things in my mouth again. Kids, though, they eat anything.
For this project you will need:
First preheat your oven to 250°!
Unwrap your Jolly Ranchers and line three up together onto parchment paper. Space them out about 1.5 to 2 inches a part.
Toss into the oven and since it is only set at 250° you can reach in and straighten up things if you need to. Just be very, very careful! Allow to melt for around 8 minutes, or until they look like connected pools of goo. Yum!
Take your sucker sticks and place them onto the candy and quickly turn to coat.
Now see up there? With being slow and taking pictures to boot, I wasn’t able to get around to all of my suckers before the candy started to cool to the point to where I couldn’t put the sticks in. Work quickly, in small batches or with help so you don’t wind up wasting any candy. (not that i wasted any the failures at got ate!!!)
While still hot press your sugary embellishments into the still hot sucker goo. Again, you’ve got to work super quickly. If it isn’t sticky enough still, you’ll just make a dent in the sucker and nothing will actually stick.
Once cooled, they easily peel from the parchment paper!
If mustaches aren’t your thing you can always make some nice color blocked and ombre suckers! I made this color scheme A TON and it tastes really good together, too!
That’s a face you have to love, right? But you might not want to eat the mustache. Yuck!
These are great to give to kids but not so great for little kids to do themselves. While the oven isn’t all that warm, the sticky melted candy IS VERY HOT and it sticks right to your skin and just keeps on a burnin’ you. So make these for the little ones or let them watch instead!