Peppermint Christmas Sprinkle Lollipops
As a mother of 3 children, it’s fair to say that the events that occurred last week on Friday at Sandy Hook elementary school have left me feeling completely devastated. My heart breaks for the families, friends and the community of Newton, CT.
I just can’t stop thinking about the heroic teachers and the brave, innocent children, it’s like a never ending puzzle going through my mind. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the families. Christmas will never be the same again for the rest of their lives. 🙁
My children are my life. It’s so easy to take life for granted, you often forget just how precious life is.
On Friday before I heard about the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook elementary school, my younger two children, Collette (9) and Abbi (8), and I made some lollipops.
It was one of those perfect family moments that my children will cherish for life. I sat them down and told them exactly what to expect and the dangers of hot syrup in a military fashion.
I enlisted their help because I found that doing these lollipops was, for me, a 2 (wo)man job
- As I’m arthritic, I just couldn’t seem to pour the syrup from the saucepan spout (darn hands and wrists!) so used a Pyrex glass jug.
- I couldn’t seem to pour the syrup as well as push in the lollipop stick after each blob of syrup and grab some sprinkles as the syrup cooled too quickly.
The plan was for me to make the clear peppermint flavoured hard candy syrup (because that’s a little dangerous for even the older children). Then I’d pour the syrup and ask for Abbi (8) to immediately push the lollipop stick into the syrup blobs, then ask Collette (9) to immediately grab some Christmas sprinkles and sprinkle them over the syrup.
Our lollipops might not be perfectly round, or have a perfect sprinkle uniform pattern, but they were extremely delicious and were so much fun to make. Collette and Abbi loved making these lollipops and of course, inhaling them after. 🙂
If you trust your [older] child(ren) to be safe around hot syrup, then make some sprinkle lollipops with them.
Peppermint Lollipops Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10-15 mins
Yield: 12 lollipops
- 2 cups sugar
- ⅔ cup light corn syrup
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- assorted sprinkles
- Line two baking sheets with Silpat nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside.
- Bring sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once dissolved, stop stirring, but occasionally wash down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water to prevent crystals from forming; boil until mixture turns golden and registers 300-310℉ (hard-crack stage) on a candy thermometer, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Immediately set pan into ice-water bath to stop the cooking (syrup will steam vigorously); let sit about 20 seconds. Swirl pan 2 minutes more to cool.
- Working quickly, pour syrup onto baking sheets, forming circles (3 to 31/2 inches in diameter) and spacing pours about 4 inches apart .
- Press in lollipop sticks.
- Add sprinkles, candies, seeds, etc. Let stand until completely hardened and cooled.
On step 3, I cooled my pan in the ice bath for 20 seconds then poured the syrup into a [warm] Pyrex measuring jug. I don’t recommend doing this as the syrup cools quickly and becomes thick. It also becomes very hard to re-heat it back to a pouring consistency.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
If you’re like me and feeling rather helpless wanting to do something to help, please take a look at this wonderful post by Dorothy from Crazy for Crust.
I’ll be joining in and posting a tribute family friendly recipe on Friday, 21st December to honour the victims, families and friends.
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