Every time I teach a Religion class right before or during Lent I make the kids these Cross lollipops. I think they look so pretty like a stained glass window. I like to reinforce the image of the Cross.
Jolly Rancher hard candy
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Cover your cookie sheets with foil - with the shiny side facing up.
Each lollipop takes 5 Jolly Ranchers. While the oven is preheating start unwrapping the Jolly Ranchers.
Place three or four Jolly Ranchers in the middle of the foiled lined sheet.
Bake this Jolly Rancher for 1 to 2 minutes - until it is sticky but not melted.
Using the sticky Jolly Ranchers add the additional Jolly Ranchers to make a Cross and bake for 5 to 6 minutes until the Crosses are spread into a Cross shape. Then quickly add the lollipop sticks.
I used some extra long lollipop sticks. Once the Crosses are set and completely hard - gently peel them off of the foil and set them on some parchment paper for an hour or so.
Once the lollipops have dried on the parchment paper for an hour they can be packaged into cellophane bags and tied with a ribbon.
These Crosses could also be used to decorate cupcakes or a cake. In the past kids have really loved these lollipops.