Adorable Heart Lollipops

Yes, yes.  I realize it’s still January.  And February (and Valentine’s Day!) is still a full 30+ days away….  But I stumbled upon these adorableeeeeee heart shaped lollipops from Bailey Ana Cakes and I just had to share!  I’m going to write a big note to myself to make these the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

And here’s the corresponding recipe, from BBC Good Food:

Ingredients

  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp peppermint essence
  • green food colouring
  • 40 plastic lollipop sticks, or wooden skewers cut into short lengths

Directions:

  1. Put the sugar and cream of tartar into a saucepan with 200ml hot water. Gently heat until the sugar has completely melted, then increase the heat and boil until the mixture reaches the ‘hard crack’ stage on a sugar thermometer (or a small spoonful dropped into cold water sets hard). Remove from heat immediately and swirl in peppermint essence and enough green colouring to give a pale green colour – start by adding just one drop at a time.
  2. Cover a heatproof surface with baking parchment. Using a metal spoon, carefully pour some peppermint syrup onto the paper – roughly ½-1 tbsp per lolly. Push a lolly stick into each. If the syrup becomes too thick, just put the pan back over a gentle heat briefly. But if the syrup is too hot and runny, the shapes won’t be as even so set it aside for a minute. Set lollies until hard.
  3. To clean equipment after lollipop making drop everything back into the pan, fill with water and bring to the boil.

So cute!  I think I’m going to hunt around at local/organic food stores to see if I can make these….mango flavored with a dash of li hing powder!  I’ll still tint them pink though.

*Also, don’t you think that these would be perfect for a bridal shower or a wedding favor?   These would be awesome props to take pictures with as well.  😀

 

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