Make your own candy lollipops featuring edible flowers. This spring craft makes a wonderful party favor or gift for friends.
- Lollipop mold or 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 tsp. bottle candy flavoring oil (such as blackberry LorAnn)
- Violet gel food coloring
- 10 organic whole viola flower heads or pansy petals, washed and patted dry
- 10 lollipop sticks
- If you are using a lollipop mold (recommended), lightly grease it with cooking spray. If you are not using a mold, pour 2 cups of powdered sugar into a baking pan with a lip. Create indentations with the bottom of a glass or other flat-bottomed object. Set aside.
- Stir together the sugar, corn syrup and water in a small saucepan and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Continue to heat without stirring until the bubbling mixture reaches the hard-crack stage (302 degrees F). Remove pan from heat.
- Stir in flavoring oil and a small amount of gel food coloring. Be extra careful because the mixtue will bubble and sputter with these additions.
- When the mixture has stopped bubbling, pour into molds (or powdered sugar indentations). Carefully place a viola flower head or petal face down on the hot candy. Use the end of a lollipop stick to slightly press it into the candy. Quickly pour just enough hot candy over the flower head or petal to cover the backside, encasing it completely in the candy. Place a lollipop stick in the candy and turn 1/2 turn. Allow the candy to harden, then remove from molds. If using powdered sugar to mold, you may choose to rinse off the excess sugar under a thin stream of warm water – either way, the flower will become quite visible once the lollipop is being enjoyed. Yield: 10 lollipops.
NOTE: Make sure the mold you use is large enough to accommodate the size of the flowers and petals you are using.
TIP: Test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
EDIBLE FLOWER OPTIONS FOR CANDY:
- Hibiscus (you can also find these at specialty markets packed in syrup)
NOTE: Eat only those flowers you are positive you can identify. Use organic, pesticide-free plants from nurseries and herb shops that offer organically grown flowers; pick them from a trusted friend’s organic garden or your own.
Lollipops: Make Candy for Spring c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Heather of Sprinklebakes.
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