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How to Make Chocolate Lollipops (Gluten Free & Vegan)

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Are you looking for tips on how to make chocolate lollipops that are both gluten free and vegan?

This step by step tutorial will tell you everything you need to know about the best brands of gluten free vegan chocolate plus answer all your questions about how do you make chocolate with chocolate molds.

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Why you’ll love these homemade gluten free and vegan chocolate lollipops

  • They’re the perfect edible craft to make with your gluten free kids!
  • These are gluten free (and vegan) if you use the right chocolate (see ingredient suggestions below)
  • These vegan and gluten free lollipops are excellent for holidays and special events (and even make a great homemade gluten free gift!)

What you need to make vegan gluten free chocolate lollipops

Ingredients for Chocolate Lollipops plus chocolate molds and sticks

Equipment for making DIY chocolate lollipops

To make these delicious gluten free treats you’ll need some basic equipment:

  • Chocolate lollipop molds.  For these, I definitely prefer silicone (it makes it easy to pop your lollipop out of the mold once cool).  I purchased these on Amazon and they were really affordable.
  • Lollipop sticks.  My lollipop sticks came with my molds, but you can find them really affordably here.
  • Double boiler set up.  If you don’t have an actual double boiler, you can use an electric chocolate melting pot like this one or even DIY a double boiler (like I did!) To do this, use a saucepan with a heat-safe bowl that sits on top trapping the steam below.

Ingredients for homemade chocolate lollipops

Making these delicious homemade gluten free chocolate lollipops only requires two ingredients. You may find these at your local grocery store, but you’ll find great deals on gluten free and vegan chocolate at Thrive Market.

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Enjoy Life Chips and Pascha Chips

To make these homemade vegan chocolate lollipops, you’ll need:

  • Gluten free vegan chocolate chips.  I used two different kinds: 
    • Enjoy Life Semi Sweet.  These are free of 14 major allergens making them totally gluten free and vegan.  Plus, they taste great!  You can find them at Thrive Market here or also on Amazon here.
    • Pascha White Chocolate Chips.  These are gluten free and vegan, plus they melted really well. These are available at Thrive Market here.
  • Gluten free food coloring.  Be careful with this ingredient as not all food coloring is gluten free.  I used this food coloring from Amazon that is both gluten free and vegan, but sometimes this is out of stock.  If so, this gluten free food coloring is another good option.

Note: while I used chocolate chips for this recipe, you could definitely also use a bar of chocolate, just be sure to chop it before trying to melt it.

What kind of chocolate is allergy friendly?

There are quite a few brands of allergy friendly chocolate that are both gluten free and vegan.  

Here are some of my favorites:

chocolate lollipops flour and swirl held up by hand

How to Make Chocolate Lollipops

If you want to know how to make chocolate lollipops in molds, I’ve got you covered! Just follow these step by step directions (with pictures) and you’ll be all set!

First, be sure to gather all your ingredients, ensure your molds are washed and dry, and that your chocolate is ready to melt (either in chocolate chip form or chopped from a bar)

How do you melt chocolate for molds?

The first step to melting chocolate for molds is to add 1-2 inches of water to the bottom of your double broiler (or sauce pan) and set the insert or a heat-safe bowl on top.

Turn the heat to medium.  Once the water begins to steam, add your chocolate to the bowl.

Melting vegan white chocolate in double broiler with red whisk

Stir or whisk regularly until the chocolate is mostly melted.  Remove from heat and continue to stir until totally smooth.

Alternatively, you can use a chocolate melting pot like this one:  

If you have kids that are going to melt chocolate regularly, this is a really good investment!

If you want to color your chocolate, now’s your chance!

Divide white chocolate into separate bowls adding food coloring a drop at a time and stirring until the desired color is achieved.

food coloring mixed into vegan white chocolate

Next, you add your chocolate to the molds.  

Using a small spoon, carefully spoon your chocolate into the molds, layering on the colors as you desire.  You can also swirl colors using a toothpick.

Insert the stick into the chocolate, rotating it once in.  If the stick isn’t fully covered, add more chocolate on top.

melted chocolate in molds on parchment lined cookie sheet to set in freezer

If using silicone molds (like I did), be sure to place them carefully onto cookie sheets so they rest flat in your fridge. 

Allow to chill for four or more hours, until completely set.

Carefully remove chocolate lollipops from the molds and they are ready!

assortment of gluten free chocolate lollipops, butterfly, star, flower, swirl, seal

How long do chocolate lollipops last?

As long as they are stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place, they should last for months!

Keep scrolling for the printable recipe!

assortment of gluten free chocolate lollipops, butterfly, star, flower, swirl, seal

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Lollipops

These homemade gluten free and vegan chocolate lollipops are the perfect treat to make with your kids. They're excellent for holidays and special events–they even make a great gift!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 lollipops
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 whisk
  • mixing bowls
  • 1 small saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag gluten free vegan chocolate chips white chocolate and/or semi sweet chocolate
  • gluten free food coloring

Instructions
 

  • Place 1-2 inches of water in a saucepan and place on the stove.
  • Add a shallow heat-safe bowl over the saucepan so it stays above the brim of the saucepan and traps the steam below.
  • Add chocolate chips to the mixing bowl and heat the saucepan over medium heat.
  • As the bowl heats from the steam, the chocolate will begin to melt. Whisk constantly as it begins to melt.
  • Once the chocolate chips are mostly melted, remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth.
  • If wanting to color the chocolate, divide into small bowls and add 1-2 drops of gel coloring and stir until the chocolate is a uniform color.
  • Add chocolate into lollipop molds, insert stick and twist to ensure the stick is fully coated in chocolate.
  • Put in the fridge for four or more hours until hardened.
  • Remove lollipops from the molds and enjoy!

Notes

note: nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but may not accurately reflect the final nutrition composition of your final dish depending on ingredients, substitutions, and serving size.
see the full blog post above post for:
  • ingredient and equipment suggestions & substitutions,
  • troubleshooting tips, and
  • frequently asked questions
Keyword candy, chocolate, gluten free dairy free, gluten free dessert, gluten free vegan, white chocolate

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