Category: Hard Candy

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Lollipops

Peppermint Christmas lollipops

Peppermint Christmas lollipops

Last week I went on a bit of a holiday chocolatemaking binge. In a couple of days, I made chocolate bars, candied chocolate-dipped grapefruit peels, and these peppermint lollipops. I only intended to make green pops with white chocolate, but they turned out so well that I decided to experiment with dark chocolate and red gel coloring, too!

I ended up two batches of lollipops, one in red (dipped in dark chocolate) and the other in green (dipped in white chocolate). Then, I flavored the pops with natural peppermint oil, and finished each one with a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy.

These delightful peppermint lollipops make a great addition to a Christmas care package. They’re perfect stocking stuffers, and look lovely tied atop wrapped presents, too!

Peppermint Christmas lollipops

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National Candy Month #4: Caramel Apple Lollipops

Caramel apple lollipops

My latest National Candy Month recipe, for caramel apple lollipops, creates a candy version of a classic state fair confection.

As a kid, I remember making an annual family visit to the York Fair in my hometown of York, PA.

Caramel applesOne of the best things about the York Fair–or any fair, really–is the food. Funnel cakes, fried Oreo cookies, corn dogs, steak sandwiches, french fries, cotton candy…the fair offers a seemingly endless variety of junk food indulgences.

One of my favorite fair foods is a classic caramel-dipped apple. (They’re easier to eat than a traditional red candy apple, and they taste better, too…) Even today, I’ll stop for a caramel apple if I see a vendor selling them at a street fair in NYC. For this recipe, I created a lollipop with flavors directly inspired by this classic county fair treat.

My caramel apple lollipops start with a basic lollipop recipe. Then, add green food coloring and a tart green apple flavor oil, and finish with a dip in gooey melted caramel!

Caramel apple lollipops

Tips for Making Caramel Apple Lollipops

These lollipops only look complicated–they’re actually quite easy to make! The only special “equipment” you’ll need are a silicone lollipop mold (I use this mold, by Crystallove) and a small package of lollipop sticks. Lollipop sticks are easily findable. You can get them at a craft supply store like Michael’s. They are also available to order online.

Caramel apple lollipops will last for several weeks. To store, wrap lollipops individually to avoid having the pops stick together. (Cello bags work best for these. Do not use wax paper or it will stick to the caramel!) These will also ship well and are ideal for gifting.

Caramel apple lollipops

Missed out on my other National Candy Month recipes? Visit these links to try your hand at making lemon drops, gummy squares, or sugar-coated old-fashioned hard candy.

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National Candy Month #4: Caramel Apple Lollipops
Bright green apple-flavored lollipops, dipped in gooey caramel. These taste just like the caramel apples you might find at a county fair, but last a whole lot longer!
Caramel apple lollipops
Course Sweets
Cuisine Candy
Servings
lollipops
Course Sweets
Cuisine Candy
Servings
lollipops
Caramel apple lollipops
Instructions
  1. Unwrap caramels. Place in a small, microwave-safe bowl and set aside.
  2. Prepare lollipop mold by spritzing lightly with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Add lollipop sticks. Set mold aside.
  3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
  4. Using a candy thermometer, boil mixture until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in apple flavor oil and green food coloring.
  6. Spoon sugar mixture into lollipop molds and allow candy to cool completely. Lollipops will set and harden as they cool. (This will happen quickly, about fifteen minutes).
  7. When lollipops have set, pop them from the mold onto a silicone baking mat.
  8. Microwave caramels, stirring every 15-20 seconds, until caramel has completely melted.
  9. One by one, dip lollipops into melted caramel, coating the top portion of the lollipop only. Return coated lollipop to silicone mat and allow to cool.
    Caramel apple lollipops
  10. Individually wrap lollipops in cello bags. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six weeks.
    Caramel apple lollipops
Recipe Notes

The only special "equipment" you'll need are a silicone lollipop mold (I use this mold, by Crystallove) and a small package of lollipop sticks. Lollipop sticks are easily findable at a craft supply store like Michael's, or are available to order online.

Caramel apple lollipops will last for several weeks. To store, wrap lollipops individually to avoid having the pops stick together. (Cello bags work best for these; do not use wax paper or it will stick to the caramel!) These will also ship well and are ideal for gifting.

National Candy Month #2: Lemon Drops!

Lemon drops candy

Next up for National Candy Month, a recipe for homemade hard candy lemon drops!

The recipe for these lemon drops is similar to my old-fashioned hard candy recipe. The only major difference is the omission of light corn syrup–this recipe simply uses a combination of granulated sugar and water instead. It also adds a small amount of cream of tartar to the mixture. This helps to prevent the sugar syrup from crystallizing.

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