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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

DIY: How to make chocolate lollipops in 7 simple steps.

For my daughter's first holy communion, I thought I'd save some serious cash and make my own party favors.  After doing some research, I decided to make homemade chocolate lollipops.  Apparently, I thought I was Martha Stewart for a hot minute.  I decided on the chocolate lollipops because they could be made for <$30 and seemed relatively simple to put together.

While they weren't as easy to make as I originally thought, the surprisingly stressful afternoon was worth the over $150 savings on party favors.  I took notes along the way and came up with simple solutions that made the last batch way less stressful than the first.  Here are my seven simple steps and noteworthy tips on how to make your own chocolate lollipops!


recipe for chocolate lollipop molds party favors

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DIY:  How to make chocolate lollipops.


Step One - Gather all ingredients and equipment.

Before anything can be done, you're going to want to take the time and compile everything you need.  You're going to need chocolate molds made specifically for lollipops, sticks, candy melts, and more.  See below for a handy checklist.  Because who can do anything without a list?!

__  Chocolate Lollipop Molds (If you like mine, this is the one I used (link).)




__ Ribbon or Twist Ties  --> See step 6 below.

__ Large microwaveable bowl

__ Small spoon

__ Clean shelf in the refrigerator

Note:  When purchasing the candy melts, keep in mind the color you want and the amount of chocolate you will need.  We purchased this six pack of Candy Melts (link) which made about 45 lollipops including the ones that I ruined.

recipe for chocolate lollipop molds party favors

Step Two - Melt the chocolate candy melts.

After you gather all of the ingredients and equipment that you need, melting the chocolate is the obvious next step to making your chocolate lollipops.  You can do this two ways.  You can melt it in the microwave like me or in a pot on the stovetop.

Microwave:  To melt in the microwave, pour (1) bag of candy melts into a microwavable bowl.  Microwave on high heat for (2) minutes.  Carefully because it's obviously hot, remove the bowl from the microwave.  With a heavy duty spoon, stir until the chocolate is a consistency similar to the one in the below video.  Round of applause for Chef Mushy in the vid!

Stovetop:  To melt on the stove, pour the chocolate into a pot.  With the burner on low, slowly melt the chocolate candy melts.  Stir frequently and heat the chocolate until the desired consistency is reached.  

Method aside, I recommend melting only 1 to 2 bags at a time unless you have enough molds to utilize all the melted candy at once.


Step Three - Fill the chocolate lollipop molds.

With a teeny, tiny spoon I used a baby spoon, carefully pour the melted chocolate into the molds.  This may sound simple, but I promise it's not as easy as it sounds.  To save you the frustration that I experienced with the first batch, I have two recommendations.

1.  Lightly coat the bottom part of the mold with the melted chocolate first.  Then place the lollipop stick in the mold, right on top of that first layer before continuing to fill the rest of the mold.  This is a simple yet important step so the lollipop stick is fully covered where it needs to be.  See below video where I failed to do this which resulted in unwanted stick action.  Be careful NOT to overfill the molds.

2.  Instead of going crazy trying to make the melted chocolate lay perfectly flat against the mold, lightly tap the filed molds a few times against the counter.  The result will be a smooth, flat surface without the headache of doing this with a spoon.

Step Four - Chill the filled chocolate molds in the fridge.

If you didn't clear a space in the fridge at this point, then stop everything and do this right now.  The fridge will help harden the chocolate and set the molds.  If there isn't a flat surface available, the molds will tilt and your lollipops will harden into an abstract looking version of what you want.

Leave the molds in the fridge for at least 12-15 minutes depending on the depth of the molds.

Once I got into a groove which did eventually happen, I would fill one mold while two others were hardening in the fridge.  If I could go back in time, I would have stuck that first mold in the fridge to eliminate 12 minutes of down time after the first batch.

Step Five - Carefully remove the chocolate lollipops from the tray.

There's not much advice that I can give here.  If they remained in the fridge long enough, the chocolate lollipops should easily pull away from the chocolate molds with no residue left behind.


Step Six - Wrap the lollipops and secure them closed.

For starters, you'll want to slip the chocolate lollipops into a small, cellophane bag.  Once bagged, you'll need something to secure them closed.  There are a few options here and it's important to consider them all in step one.  If you heeded my warning above, you probably skipped right on down here, so, hi!

1.  The first option is to use cloth ribbons.  This is a fun option since you can pick your favorite color and have them custom made to read a special message.  In order to secure these properly, you may need a little dab of hot glue.  Of the three options, this is the most expensive and time consuming, but will give the prettiest result.

2.  The second option is to purchase the thin, paper like ribbons that are sold in spools.  These are much more economical and come in a variety of colors.  They're also much easier to tie.  A simple knot with running a scissor along to ends to curl the ribbon will make the chocolate lollipops secured and pretty!  We went with this option.

3.  The third option is probably the easiest.  Purchase little twist ties like these (link) and close the cellophane wrapping with a simple twist.  These are as economical as #2, but with virtually no work involved.

Step Seven - Store in a cold place.

Find a cool space to store your artwork.  Once they're stored in a safe place that's cold like a refrigerator, give yourself a pat on the back because that was NOT as easy as everyone thinks!

Have you ever made a homemade party favor?

6 comments :

  1. Wait, you have cross shaped molds? How positively bizarre LOL What's next? Holy Mary molds? Lollies definitely are a big hit with da kids, and freakin' cakepops too. I once had to make about a 100 for my editor's daughter's birthday, never gain, I say, never again... I do ever so love me white choc.

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    1. Yes! Actually, I have another style mold as well. It is a little more masculine. I used that mold for my son's baptism. There's a store here called Michael's that's relatively inexpensive and has all sorts of unique things for DIY projects like this one. I don't like white chocolate, but the lollipops looked pretty at least! Ohhh, I want a Dezzy cake pop. :)

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  2. I have a horrible time with melting chocolate to the point of crying. Then I finally purchased a mini crockpot and can now make chocolate covered strawberries without tears!

    I got roped into making Easter cut out cookies to give as favors at a preschool mother’s club many years ago. I made the mistake of buying a carrot cookie cutter (because it was one of the biggest Easter cookie cutters I could find) but then had to try to frost it with both green and orange frosting. Don’t ask!

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    1. LMAO!!!! At least you tried. That's all that counts. You could have told them it was an abstract attempt at a deconstructed carrot.

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  3. I have no problem melting chocolate, but when it comes to those Wilton Candy Melts, I can never get them to work for me. I freaking hate working with them. IDK why Dezzy is surprised at the cross molds. I'm pretty sure he could find something similar in one of his cheap Chinese shops in Serbia. He's send me some really pretty molds before, so he must have skipped over the religious section at his store LOL!

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