This recipe for Honey Lollipops makes use of honey dippers rather than atypical lollipop sticks. They work double obligation as candy treats and memento favors for weddings, child showers, and extra!
I first had the concept for these honey wand lollipops final Christmas, however months later, I’m simply getting round to creating them. I’d deliberate to provide 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 wedding ceremony favor. They’d even be so cute for a bee-themed child bathe (see my Bee-licious get together for HGTV.com right here). I’ll almost certainly use this batch on my eating room desk, to spruce up place settings and to provide dinner friends a take-home deal with.
Select your honey.
Begin together with your favourite honey. Clover honey, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey – the choices are infinite! If you happen to ask me, the very best honey is the free type, and the honey I’m utilizing was gifted from a bee keeper buddy of the household. You’ll want simply 1/2 cup for a batch.
The way to prepare dinner honey into arduous sweet.
Stir collectively the honey, mild 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. Nonetheless, it’s not excessive fructose corn syrup. It’s simply common corn syrup that confectioners and pastry cooks use moderately. (If you happen to’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 maintain the components on a gradual bubble.
Make an ice tub.
Because the sweet bubbles its strategy to arduous crack stage (round 302°F on this recipe) make an enormous bowl of ice water. If you happen to don’t have a big sufficient heat-proof bowl, a metallic 13×9-inch cake pan will work, too. In the mean time 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 seemed similar to a honeycomb. Which is ideal to make use of for molding honey lollipops! It labored effectively and held the entire 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’ll find the wands online right here, 20 items for round $10.)
Now, right here’s the tough half. These wands are high heavy, so they are going to wish 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 may also use atypical lollipop sticks, which can 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.
You might ask “why not simply use common lollipop molds as an alternative of an ice dice tray?” Effectively. 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 numerous sizes of wands, 3-inch to 6-inch, and so they all have the identical stick thickness. After all, you should utilize common lollipop molds with normal measurement paper sticks with success.
You may additionally surprise, “why not mildew the sweet on the ‘dipper finish’ of the wand?” You can, however there’s not sufficient room for a lot sweet after the dipper is inserted. You can strive 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 atypical lollipop sticks, too! These are smaller than the wands, so I like to recommend packaging them 2 to a bag for gifting.
Maintain the pops in a cool dry place and they’re going to final for a very long time! So long as they’re refrained from humidity, they’ll have a protracted shelf life.
There’s no mistaken strategy to take pleasure in these lollipops. Have one for a candy deal with, give them as presents, or simply stir one in your scorching tea.
Associated recipe: Home made Scorching Honey
Honey Lollipops could be made forward and used as presents, wedding ceremony favors, or simply for having fun with. Stir one in a cup of scorching tea for a little bit additional sweetness.
- Cooking spray for the ice dice tray
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup mild corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
Put together an ice tub with ice cubes and water in an enormous 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 included. Connect the sweet thermometer to the pan.
Carry 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 (you might want an additional pair of palms 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 a little bit 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 are going to final two weeks or longer. These could be made as much as per week forward.
Don’t retailer these within the fridge. Maintain them away from all types of humidity.