Why Do Lollipops Get Soft? Uncovering the Science Behind Candy Texture Changes

Lollipops are beloved for their hard, satisfying crunch, but sometimes they can become unexpectedly soft. At Sparko Sweets, we understand the importance of maintaining the perfect texture in our candies, and we're here to explain why lollipops might lose their firmness and how to prevent this from happening.

The Science of Softening

Lollipops are made primarily from sugar, water, and corn syrup. The key to their hard texture lies in achieving the right temperature during the cooking process, known as the "hard crack" stage, which is between 300°F and 310°F (149°C to 154°C). If this temperature is not maintained, the final product may not solidify properly, leading to a softer texture.

Factors Contributing to Softness

  • Humidity: One of the biggest enemies of lollipops is moisture. High humidity can cause lollipops to absorb moisture from the air, leading to a breakdown of the sugar structure and resulting in a softer candy.
  • Improper Storage: Storing lollipops in a warm or moist environment can accelerate the absorption of moisture. This is why it’s crucial to store lollipops in a cool, dry place.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: Frequent changes in temperature can cause condensation to form on the candy, which the sugar then absorbs, softening the lollipop.

Preventative Measures

To ensure your lollipops stay hard and crunchy, consider the following tips:

  • Airtight Storage: Use airtight containers to keep lollipops dry and prevent them from absorbing moisture from the environment.
  • Cool Environment: Store lollipops in a cool area away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and humidity.
  • Silica Gel Packs: Including silica gel packs in your storage containers can help absorb any excess moisture, further protecting the lollipops.

Sparko Sweets' Commitment

At Sparko Sweets, we take great care in the production and packaging of our lollipops to prevent softening. Our lollipops are crafted to withstand common environmental factors that lead to softening, ensuring that each piece maintains its intended texture and flavor from production to consumption.


Lollipops getting soft is an issue that can often be mitigated with proper cooking, storage, and handling. By understanding the causes and taking the necessary precautions, you can enjoy your Sparko Sweets lollipops in their best and crispest form. Our commitment to quality ensures that each lollipop not only tastes delightful but also meets the high standards our customers expect.