Two-ingredient Candied Citrus Lolipops

Amanda's recipe calls for 3 cups of granulated sugar and 3 cups of water, but I'm not likely going to need that much, it would make more pops than we could typically eat. I use 1 cup instead, just know if you want to make a larger batch, you can scale up 1:1.


  • 30 small-medium citrus segments
  • (mandarin, orange, grapefruit, blood orange, etc.)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Place a piece of heavy styrofoam or floral foam on a platter or counter top to hold the skewers upright.
  2. Push a bamboo skewer through each citrus segment. Pour the sugar and 1 cup of water into a small-medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. heat the mixture, without stirring, over medium-high heat until it turns light brown and registers at least 275°F on a candy thermometer. Let the mixture go a bit darker if you prefer a stronger caramel-molasses flavor. Resist stirring.
  3. Very carefully dip each citrus segment into the hot syrup, coating thoroughly. The syrup will burn you on contact, so be extra careful and deliberate here. Repeat with the remaining skewers, sticking each skewer into the foam upright to allow to dry, forming a hard shell.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 30


Makes 30.

Adapted from Amanda Cohen's Candied Grapefruit Pops recipe in Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond & ‎ Claudia Wu, (Clarkson Potter 2017)