Kids just love these, and more importantly, love to help with the process. All you need is some lollipop sticks and a few ingredients from your cupboard. If you are a "die hard" candy fanatic, I'd impress the importance of investing in a good candy thermometer for future use.
2 cups of sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. flavoring, or 8 to 10 drops of peppermint oil (optional)
vegetable food coloring
Mix sugar, syrup, an water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring only until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking till hard crack stage (300) or use your candy thermometer. Remove from stove, stir in the flavoring and coloring. Quickly drop syrup from the tip of the spoon on a greased, flat surface such cookie tray. Insert stick into the edge of each. Twist stick so candy covers slightly. Loosen lollipops from the pan before they are entirely cooled or they will crack and break.