Monday, February 9, 2009

Lollipops

Lollipops

What should one do when feeling a desperate urge to make something sweet but has no time to wait for the butter to come to room temperature, not to mention there is something else in the oven? Candy. In my case, bright red and very, very sweet lollipops.

These might look tricky, but believe me, they are not. The lollipops were fun to make and I think they would be a great treat for birthday parties – not only for kids, of course. :D

Lollipops

Lollipops
from The Christmas Candy Book

1 cup (200g) sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup (80ml) water
1-2 drops oil of anise, cinnamon, clove, lemon or orange – I used vanilla extract
few drops of red, yellow, blue or green food coloring

Oil a marble slab or baking sheet. Have ready at least a dozen wooden sucker sticks.

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water and stir to blend. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and boil for 2-3 minutes. Uncover and insert a candy thermometer in the pan. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches 143ºC/290ºF. If sugar crystals form on the pan sides, wash the down with a pastry brush dipped in warm water.
Remove the pan from the heat and immediately dip the bottom of it into a pan of cold water to arrest cooking, removing quickly before the mixture gets too cold. Place on a dry kitchen towel. Add the flavoring and coloring of choice.
Using a large metal spoon, immediately spoon a little less than 4cm (1½ in) pools of syrup onto the prepared marble slab/sheet*. Lay one end of the lollipop stick in each pool of syrup while still soft and push gently to secure in place. Dot a little extra syrup on the embedded end of the stick. Let cool at room temperature until completely set, about 2 hours.

Wrap each lollipop in cellophane or waxed paper. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

* once the mixture got cold and difficult to mold, I returned the pan to medium heat, stirring, until it became soft again (30 seconds or so)

Lollipops

Makes about 12 – I got 16

Lollipops

35 comments:

Chris said...

Very cool and adorable presentation! I'm sure one could also think up some fun shapes without too much trouble.

Katie said...

Beautiful and what a great idea for a party!

Peter M said...

You rock...you made your own lollies? Awesomeness!

Lucy said...

Wow thats so cool! Lollipops to me are one of those things which always seem to be bought in...but this has changed my mind as yours look gorgeous :)

Peter G said...

These are fantastic Patricia! I'm impressed how well they turned out!

Abby said...

Cute! Co-workers would love these.

apparentlyjessy said...

I think these are adorable, I reckon they would be a perfect Valentines gift, they could be shaped as love hearts! I think I just have Valentines Day on the brain at the moment!

Pam said...

Those are so cute!

Ash said...

These are fab!! I love em! Just love em!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

These are super sweet. Absolutely adorable!

mari said...

These lightened up my room when I saw them. It's been so dark and rainy (we even had hail this afternoon here in southern California). I don't mind this weather, but these lollipops really brought sunshine into an otherwise very stormy day. Fa. Bu. Lous.

anna said...

Those are adorable! I might have to try making those sometime - they sound surprisingly easy.

ChichaJo said...

These are adorable Patricia! I love them!

Aimée said...

Oh gosh. SO cute! I would totally make these for the childrens birthdays. Thanks!!

Maya said...

Home made lollipops! My nephews and nieces would love these!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I've never even thought of making lollipops, but what fun -- and you could even embed little treats in them, like crushed candies.

Aran said...

when i saw these in flickr i thought "how adorable!". they are perfect patricia!

dessert girl said...

Such pretty pictures, especially the first one!

Olga said...

Those look so pretty! I like how they are transparent.

Katy said...

awesome! how cute -- those look wonderful!

Snooky doodle said...

How cute , these are great as valentines gifts :) you re great !!

Snooky doodle said...

How cute , these are great as valentines gifts :) you re great !!

Manggy said...

Those look perfect, Patricia-- and the best part is you can totally customize everything about it! :)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

They are so adorable Patricia! I love that you made them and they taste all the much sweeter because of it I think :)

Deborah said...

How fun!! These would be great for children AND adults!!

Peabody said...

We used to make these all the time in High School. I loved them. Great idea for Valentine's Day.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Chris, I think that is a great idea!

Katie, thank you!

Pete, you are far too kind, my friend! Thank you!

Lucy, I did not know how easy they would be! Thank you!

Pete, I was impressed, too. :D
Thank you!

Abby, they sure would!

Jessy, I love the idea of shaping them as hearts!

Pam, thank you!

Ash, thank you! Thank you!

Lisa, tks, darling!

Mari, you are such a sweetie. Thank you, my friend.

Anna, they are easy, indeed! I hope you try them.

Joey, thank you!

Aimée, you would! And you could make them in different colors!

Maya, they would! I'm sure!

Lydia, that sounds like a plan I might be trying soon. :D

Aran, you are adorable, my dear. :D

Anita, thank you!
xx

Olga, tks for visiting!

Katy, thank you!

Natalie, YOU are great, dear! :D
Tks!

Mark, you certainly can! I'm glad you like them.

Lorraine, xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Deb, that is one idea for your baby's birthday party. ;D

Pea, thank you! I never thought making lollipops would be such an easy thing.

eatme_delicious said...

Cool! I've never thought of making my own lollipops before.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Those are so fun! And they turned out perfectly.

Tartelette said...

I definitely have lolly envy! Gorgeous!

Wendy said...

These are adorable!!!

Wendy said...

These are adorable!!!

Michelle said...

You can actually make your own lollipops?!? It never even occurred to me. *blush*

You're truly inspiring me! :-)

gaga said...

Wow, I'm very impressed. Homemade lollipops!

Monica H said...

I saw these on flickr and they made me smile. I love the color!

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