Friday, April 13, 2012

Lollipops (A to Z)


Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 


Oh. Epic. Failure. Phahaha. This one totally kicked my butt.


So, last night I'm sitting there trying to figure out what in the world to do for L and finally landed on making lollipops. Yum!

5 ingredients. 20 minutes total time. Excellent! Plus it'll knock off a bit of my New Years Resolution of trying 52 new recipes this year. Perfect! Yeeeaah.




Spent a good 2 hours looking for lollipop molds. They sell lollipop sticks. They sell lollipop wrappers. They don't sell lollipop molds. Uuhhh. Well, damn. Walmart, ACMoore, Party City, Michael's, JoAnn's Fabric. Big fat no-go. They all sell those clear ones up there that are for chocolate lollipops. And most of them are HUGE! Like bigger than could fit in your mouth. Finally found these kinda small ones. And decided I was just gonna give it a try and see if they really meant that warning of "not for hard candy lollipops" or not. 

Bought all kinds of yummy smelling extracts. And pulled out my dye. Rootbeer, Cheery, Lemon and Orange. Caramel and Mint. And off we go!

20 minutes later....gonna be buying new measuring cups, spoons and a pot. 

That stuff cools off really stinking quick and it seems to like my pots and spoons a whole lot.

I'm just a wee little bit scared to actually try the things. I licked a bit of the left over cooled sugar and Sweet Baby Jesus I singed my tastebuds! I added a bit more extract in each of the bowls of sugar because most of the reviews said they couldn't actually taste the flavoring. Well. Definitely wasn't a problem here! My poor tongue might never forgive me for that rootbeer flavored lick. Whoa!

My hands do smell pretty damn good though from the little bits of spilled extract. And I can officially say I've made my own lollipops. Too bad they scare the tar outta me ;)


Lollipop Recipe (Click HERE for printable recipe)
Total Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients:


1 cup sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup water
1-1/2 tsp extract of your choice (vanilla, mint, cinnamon, coconut, etc)
Food coloring (optional)
Lollipop molds and sticks
  • Prepare your molds by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray and inserting lollipop sticks into the molds.
  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Once boiling, insert a candy thermometer.
  • Allow to boil, without stirring, until candy reaches 295 degrees Fahrenheit (146 C).
  • Once the candy reaches 295 F, remove it from heat. Allow it to sit until it stops bubbling completely. Stir in the extract of your choice, and, if desired, food coloring.
  • Spoon the candy into the mold cavities, making sure to cover the back of the stick.
  • Allow to cool completely and remove once hardened.
  • Store Lollipops individually wrapped, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to a month.



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10 comments:

  1. i used to enjoy lollipops a lot when i was younger--particularly the ones with bubble gum inside;)
    Nutschell
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    Happy A-Zing!

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    1. Oh yeah. Blowpops were great! I liked the dumdums though. The little small ones. Especially the Rootbeer flavored ones.

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  2. Have I ever told you how much I enjoy your kitchen experiments?? Well, I do! They crack me up. I wouldn't mind experimenting a little bit but MY GOODNESS!!! I hate to clean the kitchen. And experimenting would be just unnecessary mess for me to clean up. And I'm one of those weird neat freak people that can't go to sleep unless my kitchen is clean. Have you tried cake pops?? OH MY WORD! The first one I had was at my son's class Christmas party 2 years ago. I ate one there & brought home one for later. It was red velvet cake with that delicious white icing. They tend to crumble when you bite them so I was standing over the trash can to eat it (that neat freak thing). I bit 1/2 off & the other 1/2 fell in the trash. No, I didn't get it out of the trash can but YES, I did think about it. A LOT! Yep, it was that good! I've had a few different kinds & loved everyone of them but that red velvet was TO. DIE. FOR. You should make us some & bring them to the Get Together since you enjoy making messes in your kitchen. ;-)

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    1. Ha. Well I'm glad ya enjoy them Tonya. I love playing in my kitchen and seeing what happens. Usually it turns out pretty good but I've had some spectacular failures! After a few hours I usually find those pretty entertaining though :)

      I haven't tried cake pops! But I see them all the time and thing about it! And I so just snorted over you thinking about grabbing it back out of the trash can. I probably would have thought about it too!

      I'll have to look into these things and do a little playing around. I can so bring some with me for the Get Together!

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  3. Okay, I wouldn't call that an epic failure and can I just tell you how impressed I am that you actually made lollipops for your 'l' post? Wow! I certainly wouldn't have gone through all that trouble!

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    1. I still can't believe I did :) But it was kinda fun in a completely mess way. And, well, if you actually licked one of them you might rethink that epic failure bit ;) ::shudder:: All have been tossed already. But I'm gonna try again one day!

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  4. Making lollipops!?! What a feat! Hmm... maybe my next weekend project? I hope my lollipop adventure will be as entertaining as yours. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Have fun with it Mandy! It's definitely an experience :)

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  5. I'm actually planning on getting some of those chocolate molds soon as I remember they were a lot of fun to make when I was a kid. I hope yours turned out delicious!

    xoxo Lloralye @ Adorning Schemes A to Z

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    1. Well. They weren't all that delicious and kinda tasted like Cherry cough medicine. They have met the trash can. I'm going for the chocolates next time! Was still pretty fun :)

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