Rose, vanilla and peppermint lollies

Lollies 1

This was my first attempt at making lollipops and it turned out to be much easier than I thought. But all the advice about handling hot sugar is true, I burnt myself a bit when pouring the melted sugar onto the silicon sheet and I must say, it’s rather unpleasant (or as French people would say: Ça brûle vachement !). The great thing about this recipe is that you can make your lollipops in any flavour or colour you like. But if you want the colours to really shine through, I would suggest using liquid glucose rather than golden syrup (which I did unfortunately). I chose vanilla, rose and peppermint for my ‘pops (I’ll let you guess which colour goes with which flavour).

Lollies 2

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To make 12 lollies, you need:

Rose, vanilla and peppermint lollies

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 g of sugar
  • 50 g of liquid glucose (or golden syrup if you can't find any glucose)
  • 100 ml of water
  • A few drops of food colouring and flavouring of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a pan, heat together the sugar, liquid glucose and water over a medium/high heat.
  2. Let the mixture boil away for about 10 minutes or until it reaches the 'hard crack' stage (162°C). If you don't have a jam thermometer, dip a spoon in your sugar mixture and then put it in a cup of cold water. If after a minute or so, the sugar on your spoon is rock hard, then you've reached the 'hard crack' stage. Otherwise, you need to let it cook for a bit longer.
  3. Once the 'hard crack' stage is reached, dip the bottom of your pan in cold water to stop it from cooking any longer. Then add your flavouring and colouring and stir gently. If you're concerned about handling hot sugar, I'd suggest wearing oven gloves as you will need to pour the mixture from the pan into a jug.
  4. On a silicon sheet or baking paper, pour 12, or so, circles of sugar. When done, place a stick in each before it cools down to much. Leave to set for about 30 minutes and enjoy!

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