Showing posts with label Lollipops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lollipops. Show all posts

Friday, February 5, 2016

Panther Popcorn Pops

It is Super Bowl week, and that is pretty much all anyone is talking about! Especially if you live in North Carolina, like I do! So these Panther Popcorn Pops are doing double duty. I get to show my love for the Panther's and decorate my party table! And what's even better is that they are so much fun to make! Start with a simple popcorn ball, add a few drizzles of my new favorite colors, and you have a fun, festive centerpiece for your party! Go Panthers!

Panther Popcorn Pops
(printable recipe)
 (makes 10 pops)

2 bags Microwave Popcorn

1 cup Sugar

1 cup light Corn Syrup

1/4 cup Water

3 tablespoons Butter

3 ounces Warm Water

2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1 pound Confectioner's Sugar 

Sticks for pops


Styrofoam 

Shot glasses


Use a heavy bottomed pan and mix together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook until the candy thermometer reaches soft ball stage, which is 235 degrees. Cook popcorn, and remove all uncooked kernels.
Immediately remove pan from heat, and mix in butter. Pour mix over popcorn and stir until all popcorn is covered.
Once popcorn has cooled a little, start making small popcorn balls. 
Place one of the sticks into each popcorn ball.
Lay on a piece of parchment paper and let dry overnight, or several hours. Cover tray with saran wrap.
Use blocks of styrofoam to anchor the popcorn balls. Cover the blocks with plastic wrap to ensure that when the popcorn balls are decorated, frosting that falls on the blocks won't damage them.
Make the frosting by placing warm water and meringue powder in a large mixer bowl. Mix together with a whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk again for 30 seconds. Add confectioners sugar all at once and mix on low for 10 minutes. Once the frosting is mixed, make sure to keep it covered. Separate what you will need into a small container. Mix some frosting black, some blue, and leave some white. These pops don't use a lot of frosting, but it will depend on how many you are making. Drizzle frosting all over and around popcorn pops. Let dry.
I am using 4 of the pops for a table centerpiece, so I placed styrofoam in each little shot glass, and covered the styrofoam with lots of curly ribbon. The others I covered in plastic and tied blue, black and white ribbons around them for guests.


Have a great Weekend!


 GO PANTHERS!





Thanks for joining me today! 




Monday, February 11, 2013

Chocolate Heart Lollipops!

It's almost Valentine's Day, and I thought I would show you one of the little last minute gifts I made. I think it incorporates all of the Valentine's Day necessities~heart shaped, chocolate, sweet, and cute!

 Chocolate Valentine Lollipops
Good Quality Chocolate
Lollipop Sticks(1 for each sucker)
White Almond Bark
Heart Shaped Lollipop Mold
This is the lollipop mold I used.
I think I bought it at Michael's for about $2.
Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, and then
spoon it into the mold. It is not necessary to spray
your mold before putting the chocolate in.
 They will come out easily. After you have filled the 
heart, give the entire mold a tiny shake. Not a lot. Just
a little, and the chocolate will become smooth.
 Set the mold in the freezer for a few minutes.
 It will become solid  quickly.
Pop the chocolate lollipop out of the mold.
 Melt the almond bark according to directions.
Color a little of the white with pink color, 
and a little of it with red. Place the pink color in a pasty bag, 
and using a #2 tip, place a design on your chocolate lollipop.
Once the pink is dry, place the red in the same bag,
and pipe your design. Let dry.
Your lollipop is done!
There you have it!
Super simple and so sweet!


Thanks for joining The Freshman Cook today!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Heart Lollipops!

I have made lollipops in the past, but it has been a while. I had forgotten how easy, quick, and cute they are to make. I added these to the Valentines goodies I sent my son and his roommates.
Lollipops
(recipe from LorAnn Oils)
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup 
3/4 cup water
1 dram (1tsp.) LorAnn Raspberry Flavoring
Neon Liquid Food Coloring
Heart Shaped Lollipop Mold
In a large saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water.
Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
Spray your mold with pan spray.
Place candy thermometer in pan.
Bring to a boil without stirring.
Make sure to have a dish of water and a pastry type
brush  ready.
Cover a baking sheet with foil, and the spray with
pan spray. You may need this if you have left over
syrup after filling your molds. 
Cook, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 260ยบ F.
The syrup will start to spray sides of the pan above the
mix. If that happens, carefully use the pastry brush
dipped in water to eliminate the syrup by brushing the side of
the pan back and forth until it drops into the mix.
Add drops of coloring, but still do not stir.
The boiling will incorporate the color into the syrup. 
Continue boiling until the syrup reaches 300 degrees.
Remove from heat and wait for boiling to stop.
Add flavor and stir.
Pour syrup into molds. 
A couple of the molds overflowed a little.
I waited for them to set up just slightly, then I took 
a paring knife and cut the excess while it was warm,
but not hot enough to scald.
I had some excess. so I poured it onto the pan we prepared
earlier and added these candy hearts.
I will crack it later.
Not a very good pic, but here are the five lollipops.
I tried to add a conversation heart to one of them,
but it didn't turn out how I wanted it to.
Here are the finished lollipops.I wrapped them in 
Valentine cello bags and tied them with ribbon!

Happy Valentine's Day!