DIY: How to Make Photo Lollipops

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Aaah Fall, how we’ve missed you!

The cooler air, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-spiced latte photos?

Yup! That’s right.

This tutorial will show you how to turn your photographs into tasty candied treats in any flavor you like for Halloween or for general eating pleasure.

In under an hour, your images will taste as good as they look.

Now isn’t that sweet?!

How to Make Photo Lollipops

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Why it’s cool:

ingred-smFreak your friends out with sugary versions of their face.

Or literally sink your teeth into an edible landscape.

The possibilities are endless with this candy making project.

And with Halloween right around the corner, you can make a variety of candy filled with images of bugs, ghosts, and goblins.

NOTE: This project can be made with edible images or with non-edible images. Make sure not to eat the non-edible ones & supervise children.



  • Candy Molds
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Edible Photographs*
  • Scissors
  • 2 qt. Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • To make candy:

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon of Concentrated Flavoring
  • Candy Thermometer
  • *You can make edible images that are shipped to your door on this site.

STEP 1: Prep Images:

paint-smFind the photographs you want to use for your lollipops.

Upload them ahead of time to have edible images made and delivered to your door.

If you decide to use regular paper images, remember they are not edible, and children should be supervised around these candies.

Make sure they are the size you like, cut them out and set them aside.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients:

paint-sm Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in the saucepan over medium heat.

Stir until all of the sugar dissolves.

TIP: Use your wooden spoon to get all of the sugar crystals from the side of the pan. You want all the sugar to melt together.

Step 3: Measure the Temperature:

paint-sm Clip the candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan to measure the temperature.

TIP: Make sure the tip of the thermometer doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan. You can angle it to just sit in the candy mixture.

Bring the mixture to a boil without stirring.

When the mixture reaches 290 degrees, take it off the heat.

Step 4: Add Flavor:

paint-sm Pour in the flavoring.

Stir to combine the yummy goodness throughout the candy.

TIP: Be careful with steam that rises while adding flavoring. It can be hot!

Step 5: Spray Mold:

paint-smUse a thin layer nonstick cooking spray on the molds.

This will help the candy release from the mold easily.

Step 6: Pour candy:

paint-smPlace the lollipop sticks in the slots.

Pour the candy mixture into the mold, filling them up about half way.

TIP: Work quickly through the next steps. As the candy starts to cool, it becomes thicker and harder to work with.

Step 7: Place Images:

paint-sm Place your images into the mold.

Make sure they are facing the right way, and covering up the lollipop stick.

Pour candy mixture on top the image to seal it inside.

TIP: You can use a toothpick to help hold images in place, and to smooth out the candy on top of the image.

Step 8: Let it Cool:

paint-sm Let the candy sit in the mold for an hour to cool.

As it cools, it will thicken and harden.

It will be ready to enjoy in no time!

Take it further

  • Use a larger image and mold to make candies that are pretty and sweet.
  • Use letters instead of images to spell out sweet, sugary notes.
  • Use food coloring to tint your photo candy.