Harry Potter Acid Pops Recipe

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Acid Pops, a popular candy from the Harry Potter books and movies, make the perfect treat for your Harry Potter party or other special event! Similar to lollipops but with a magical twist, they’re super easy to make and even more fun to eat!

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Acid pops from Harry Potter books and movies

Does your family love the Harry Potter books and movies as much as mine does? If your family are big Harry Potter fans too, then you probably love making Harry Potter recipes too!

We’ve made everything from butterbeer fudge to chocolate frogs so when I was gifted a copy of The Unofficial Hogwart’s Cookbook, I couldn’t wait to see what else we could make.

The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook on blue background

We’re always looking for fun treat ideas, whether it’s for our Harry Potter movie nights or just a rainy day. This book has so many great recipes that it was hard to decide what to make first! I went through them all, from Hagrid’s rock cakes to pumpkin juice, and just couldn’t pass up these cool acid pops!

What are acid pops

Found in Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade, acid pops are a wizard’s favorite sweet treat. They may look like a regular lollipop but like everything in the wizarding world, they have a magical twist.

Lick one of these pops and the “acid” will burn a hole in your tongue (Ron Weasley found this out the hard way when he was seven). Luckily Ron’s tongue was back to normal in no time. Don’t worry though…our version of this fun treat is almost the same, just without the hole burning effect!

Ingredients for acid pops


Lollipops – First you’ll need lollipops. Choose the round ones, not the flat ones. You’ll also find your acid pops have a different look depending on the lollipops you use. I made this recipe with both Blow-Pops and Dum-Dums and the latter turned out much more colorful and fun.

Honey – You’ll need something to make the sugar mixture stick to the lollipops. I used honey but you can also use corn syrup for this step.

Sugar – Roll the lollipops in a combination of citric acid and sugar to make them look more authentic.

Citric Acid – This is the secret ingredient, our version of “acid”. Citric acid is found in lemon juice and lime juice and is what gives it a tart, sour taste. You can easily make these pops without the citric acid if you don’t have it on hand. They’ll still look the same but you just won’t get that tart flavor.

Bag of citric acid

You’re going to love how easy these are! The tutorial images are with the Blow-Pops but at the end, you’ll see images made with the Dum Dums too. Switching out the types of lollipops made a huge difference (and I think you’ll see why I loved the Dum Dums more.

How To Make Acid Pops

Step 1: Use a lollipop stick to poke holes in the top of an egg carton. This will hold the acid pops upright while they dry.

If you don’t have an empty egg carton, you can poke holes in the side of a cereal box or even use floral foam blocks covered in foil. You could also buy a lollipop holder. It works great if you want to set these out on the dessert table.

Poking holes in an egg carton

Step 2: Place honey in a shallow bowl. Unwrap your lollipop and dip it in the honey. Let the honey drip off the pop, then scrape it across the edges of the bowl to remove any excess.

Dipping lollipops in honey

Step 3: Dip the honey covered lollipop in the sugar mixture, rolling it to be sure it’s completely covered. If you’re getting clumps of honey in the sugar, try to remove more of the excess from the lollipop next time.

Lollipop dipped in sugar and citric acid mixture

Step 4: Place lollipop in egg carton to dry.

Acid pop drying in egg carton

Step 5: Wait about15 minutes, then roll the lollipops in the sugar mixture one more time. The sugar dissolves a little in the honey initially so I like to add a little more once it sets. Let dry for about an hour.

Acid pops in glass container


While I liked the way these turned out, I wanted more color. I just happened to have a bag of Dum Dum lollipops in my pantry so I gave them a try too.

Acid pops with Harry Potter books

Not only do the variety of colors make these more fun but I like the look of the round lollipops a lot better than the oval shape. They turned out perfect! Even better, the sugar/citrus acid mixture gave them a really cool taste. If you like sour candies, you’ll LOVE this delicious treat!

Acid lollipops in white vase

Now I can’t wait to make more recipes! I’ve already tried the pumpkin juice (coming to the blog soon) and plan to make some treacle tarts and pumpkin pasties too. This cookbook is perfect if you’re looking for Harry Potter party ideas or even Harry Potter gifts for birthdays or holidays.

Harry Potter cookbook with acid pops
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Acid Pops

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
These acid pops make the perfect sweet & sour treat for Harry Potter fans!



  • Use the lollipop sticks to poke holes in the bottom of an egg carton. This will serve as your drying rack.
  • Pour honey into a small bowl.
  • Combine sugar and citric acid in another small bowl.
  • Unwrap lollipop and dip in honey. Scrape lollipop on the side of the bowl to remove any excess.
  • Roll honey covered lollipop in the sugar mixture. If you’re getting lumps of honey in the sugar, try to remove more of the excess honey next time.
  • Place in egg carton to dry and repeat with the remaining lollipops.
  • After about 15 minutes, roll each lollipop in the sugar mixture for a second time. This is optional but it just gives the coating a more "sugary" look.
  • Let dry for an hour and enjoy.


This recipe can be made without the citric acid. The citric acid adds a fun tart taste to the lollipops but you can still get the acid pop look with just the sugar.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 12g
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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  1. Are these okay to make days in advanced? Like 5 days?

    1. Hi Ashley, I would recommend making them no more than a day in advance. Also, the crystalized look may start to disappear a bit when you make them in advance. However, you should be fine if you give them a quick swirl in the sugar about an hour or so before serving. Enjoy!

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