Lollipops

15 lollipop sticks
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. light corn syrup
3/4 c. sugar
Few drops of food coloring

Lightly butter baking sheet, 10 1/2 x 12 inches. Arrange lollipop sticks on baking sheet. Combine butter, corn syrup and sugar in 1 quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, to 270 degrees on candy thermometer (or until a few drops of syrup dropped into very cold water separate into threads which are hard but not brittle).

Stir in food color. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls over end of each lollipop stick. If desired while lollipops are hot, press on candy decorations. To decorate when cooled, brush underside of candy decorations with corn syrup and press into lollipops. Cool lollipops thoroughly before removing from baking sheet.

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