This recipe for Honey Lollipops makes use of honey dippers rather than extraordinary lollipop sticks. They work double responsibility as candy treats and memento favors for weddings, child showers, and extra!
I first had the thought for these honey wand lollipops final Christmas, however months later, I’m simply getting round to creating them. I’d deliberate to present them as stocking stuffers, however I believe they’re much more applicable for spring. And particularly summer season when honey is abundantly flowing.
DIY brides (or maybe a artful member of their entourage) might discover this a simple and cheap marriage ceremony favor. They’d even be so cute for a bee-themed child bathe (see my Bee-licious get together for HGTV.com proper right here). I’ll probably use this batch on my eating room desk, to spruce up place settings and to present dinner company a take-home deal with.
Select your honey.
Begin along with your favourite honey. Clover honey, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey – the choices are infinite! Should you ask me, one of the best honey is the free form, and the honey I’m utilizing was gifted from a bee keeper pal of the household. You’ll want simply 1/2 cup for a batch.
How you can prepare dinner honey into laborious sweet.
Stir collectively the honey, gentle corn syrup, granulated sugar, and water in a big saucepan. To those that recoiled on the point out of corn syrup on this recipe – I’m conscious that everybody is meant to detest the stuff. Nevertheless, it’s not excessive fructose corn syrup. It’s simply common corn syrup that confectioners and pastry cooks use moderately. (Should you’re , learn Food52’s article Why Corn Syrup Isn’t Evil.) On this recipe it prevents crystallization of the sweet because it cooks and provides the lollipops a protracted shelf life.
Insert a sweet thermometer into the pot, and hold the components on a gentle bubble.
Make an ice tub.
Because the sweet bubbles its method to laborious crack stage (round 302°F on this recipe) make a giant bowl of ice water. Should you don’t have a big sufficient heat-proof bowl, a metallic 13×9-inch cake pan will work, too. In the meanwhile the sweet reaches temperature, take away it from the warmth and plunge the underside of the pan into the ice tub. This stops the cooking of the sweet combination.
Use an ice dice tray for a sweet mildew.
I discovered this 2-pack of hexagonal ice dice trays that I assumed regarded identical to a honeycomb. Which is ideal to make use of for molding honey lollipops! It labored effectively and held all the cooked sweet. Simply give the cavities a spritz of cooking spray earlier than you pour.
Use a double thickness of heavy-gauge aluminum foil to cowl the tray tightly. Press it down flat so you possibly can see every little hexagonal form. Make little X shapes with the tip of a paring knife within the facilities of every form.
Subsequent – time for the honey wands! Use 6-inch honey dippers and insert the ends into every X formed gap. (You will discover the wands on-line proper right here, 20 items for round $10.)
Now, right here’s the tough half. These wands are prime heavy, so they’ll need to wobble to-and fro. Use a strip of painter’s tape throughout the dipper ends to carry them in place. Fastidiously regular all of them upright and depart them alone to set. You too can use extraordinary lollipop sticks, which is able to fare higher standing upright on their very own.
Unmold the honey lollipops.
Take away the foil by tearing it away from the lollipop sticks. Just a bit wiggle will free these from their molds.
Honey lollipops Q&A.
It’s possible you’ll ask “why not simply use common lollipop molds as an alternative of an ice dice tray?” Properly. They don’t work with the wands and right here’s why. The honey wand sticks are too thick to put flat within the stick groove in common lollipop molds. I examined varied sizes of wands, 3-inch to 6-inch, and so they all have the identical stick thickness. In fact, you should utilize common lollipop molds with customary dimension paper sticks with success.
You might also marvel, “why not mildew the sweet on the ‘dipper finish’ of the wand?” You may, however there’s not sufficient room for a lot sweet after the dipper is inserted. You may attempt it with a bigger ice dice tray, however it’s a bit cumbersome for having fun with as a lollipop.
These are actually fairly on extraordinary lollipop sticks, too! These are smaller than the wands, so I like to recommend packaging them 2 to a bag for gifting.
Preserve the pops in a cool dry place and they’ll final for a very long time! So long as they’re evaded humidity, they’ll have a protracted shelf life.
There’s no unsuitable method to take pleasure in these lollipops. Have one for a candy deal with, give them as presents, or simply stir one in your sizzling tea.
Associated recipe: Do-it-yourself Sizzling Honey
Honey Lollipops might be made forward and used as presents, marriage ceremony favors, or simply for having fun with. Stir one in a cup of sizzling tea for somewhat additional sweetness.
- Cooking spray for the ice dice tray
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup gentle corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
Put together an ice tub with ice cubes and water in a giant chrome steel bowl or metallic 9×13-inch pan (one thing your saucepan will match into).
Spray the silicone ice dice tray with cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan stir collectively the honey, corn syrup, sugar, and water. Stir collectively till effectively integrated. Connect the sweet thermometer to the pan.
Convey to a boil over medium-high warmth, then scale back the warmth to medium in order that the combination stays at a rolling boil that’s regular and never too vigorous.
Cook dinner to 302°F, which is tough crack stage for sweet. The second the sweet reaches temperature, plunge the underside of the pan into the ice tub. Let the effervescent subside for 1-2 minutes.
Pour the sweet into 25 cavities of the silicone tray, filling every about 3/4 full. Let stand 1-2 minutes, then cowl with double thickness of aluminum foil.
Flatten the foil evenly so you possibly can see the hexagonal impressions. Use a fine-tipped paring knife to chop a small x into the aluminum foil within the facilities of every hexagonal form.
Insert the stick ends of the honey wands into every of the X shapes. The wands will wobble a bit. Stand them upright (chances are you’ll want an additional pair of fingers to assist) and use strips of painters tape throughout the highest of the dipper ends to safe them collectively upright. After they’re balanced, depart them alone to agency, about 2 hours.
Take away the painter’s tape and tear away the foil. Wiggle every wand finish somewhat to loosen the honey pop from the mildew. Switch to a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand 20 minutes to air dry.
Bundle every in cellophane and tie with ribbon, or retailer them in an hermetic container in a cool dry place. If saved away from humidity, they’ll final two weeks or longer. These might be made as much as per week forward.
Don’t retailer these within the fridge. Preserve them away from all types of humidity.