Have you ever bought confectionary from a store and thought “man, i seriously have no idea how they made these…” (i don’t know if you’ve thought that… but i certainly have!) I mean, lollies are a whole new ball game compared putting together a batch of cookies, I’m just so thankful for that never ending aisle of lollies and chocolates at the supermarket! It’s like a whole new realm of sugar and chocolate that a number of us mere mortals haven’t ventured into yet! That was me until, when in food tech class we were given a range of confectionary to choose from to make, immediately drawn to the lollipops I knew there was no time to look back. But they are so surprisingly quick and quite easy you will surprise yourself that these any age lovable lollies can be made at home! Forget that long beautiful aisle at the supermarket, you can now make Lollipops yourself!
HOME-MADE STAIN GLASS WINDOW LOLLIPOPS
18 lollipop sticks
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons glucose syrup
1 to 2 drops of food coloring of your choice
1/4 teaspoon of flavoring essence (e.g. lemon essence, strawberry essence, mint essence, orange essence etc)
1. line 2 large, flat baking trays with baking paper. Refrigerate until ready for use.
2. Combine sugar, glucose syrup and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until sugar is completely dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to the boil (do not stir).
3. Add food coloring and flavoring essence. Reduce heat to low. Boil gently for 12 minutes, or until mixture has reached correct temperature. To test temperature, drip a small spoonful of sugar mixture into a glass of cold water. Allow to cool, then remove from water. The mixture is ready if the toffee is brittle (if dropped on the bench it was hold shape and bounce)(149C to 154C on a sugar thermometer). This is called ‘hard crack stage’.If not continue boiling mixture and checking if the toffee is brittle. Remove saucepan from heat.
4. Remove the baking trays from the fridge. Drop spoonfuls of toffee onto the baking trays. While mixture is still soft and warm press a lollipop stick into the centre of each circle. You will need to work quick before the toffee sets. (This happened to me and the last two lollipops were crystalized)
Enjoy these yummy, sweeties!
P.S. Enjoy the thrill cooking brings, the taste the food creates and the voyage the meal takes you on3