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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 😀