I was asked to do the "lollipop" learning station at group learning today - the theme was inventions and inventors.
The boys and I had a practice run last night, after teen group and a visit from friends. We found some interesting history about the word lollipop and the first lollipop machines. We also learned about the crystalline structure of lollipops - it is amorphous and thus similar to glass, a non orderly arrangement of atoms. This means that the candy will not shatter into many pieces when one takes a bite.
We also adapted the lollipop recipe and made it simpler. Basically, we eliminated the corn syrup and the cream of tartar - it still worked fine, with and without moulds.
We made red and green lollipops, with lemon essence.
The history of lollipops -
The original lollipop recipe, before our adaptations -