Watermelon Sparkle Pops

Watermelon Sparkle Pops


This is the first recipe I made from Matt Armendariz’s On a Stick! Read my review of the book here. In the book the recipe is for lollipops that fizz when dipped into a special mixture but since I decided to make these at the spur of the moment I didn’t have any citric acid.

Watermelon Sparkle Pops
Instead of making my pops fizzy I went with a sweet coating of caster sugar mixed with some edible glitter for that ‘wow’ factor. These taste like a supped up sparkly version of a Jolly Rancher.
Watermelon Sparkle Pops
Making your own hard candy at home is simple and these lollipops can be made in a variety of colors and flavors. They are pure sugar so eat in moderation! Don’t add to much food color as it will rub off on your tongue. Usually I say the more glitter the better but in this case less is more. Too much will give anyone that eats these a face full of glitter.
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Watermelon Sparkle Pops

Yield: 12 lollipops

Ingredients

Lollipops

15 lollipop sticks

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup corn syrup

1 dram concentrated watermelon flavor (I like LorAnn brand which are designed for candy making)

1 drop gel paste food color in pink

Coating

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 tsp edible glitter

Instructions

  1. Place the lollipop sticks 3 inches a part on a silicone mat. If you have 2 mats use both as the mixture will start to set quickly after it's taken off the heat.
  2. In a medium saucepan bring the sugar, water and corn syrup to a boil. Continue cooking until it reaches 300 F on a candy thermometer (this will take about 30 minutes).
  3. Once the temperature reaches 300 F remove from the heat and stir in the flavoring and food color. I transferred the mixture to a glass jug that would be easy to pour from.
  4. Pour very carefully by hand round drops over the top of the sticks. You can use a special mold as well but follow the directions (chocolate and candy molds are not the same).
  5. Mix the caster sugar and glitter in a small bowl. Once completely cool brush each lollipop with water and lightly sprinkle the sugar mixture over top (don't dip it in).
  6. Wrap each pop in cling film to keep them from sticking together. Wrapping a ribbon around each one would also be a nice for giving these as gifts.

Notes

Wait about 30 seconds before pouring. My first few pops were a little runny

http://www.americancupcakeabroad.com/candy/watermelon-sparkle-pops
adapted from On a Stick!

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