Parasol Lollipops

by Michelle on January 28, 2011

Valentines Day is fast approaching and it is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I enjoy everything about Valentines Day, the colors, all the hearts and flowers, love, hugs and kisses and all the candy! Candy making is something I don’t do very often but Valentines Day is a special day for me so I do splurge. I do have three nieces and I accept my responsibility as their aunt to spoil the heck out of them, so I do send them boxes of sweets and treats every chance I get. I made the Parasol Lollipops for the first time three years ago, in fact it was the initial post on my brand new blog and my nieces just loved them!

Candy making is so much fun and you can be ever so creative and generally each piece turns out so pretty. And what little girl, of any age, would not love to get a gorgeous, feminine, girly lollipop! And wouldn’t these be adorable as a favor for a child’s birthday party!

I’ve had no training whatsoever in candy making and I know my methods may be a little haphazard because I use what I have on hand but it seems to work out in the end. I did use quite a few favors and colors; blue/watermelon, red/cinnamon, orange/cotton candy, yellow/lemon, green/spearmint, amber/burnt sugar.

Since I have three nieces and everything must be divided evenly I made them a total of eighteen Parasol Lollipops! I know it seems like a lot of work, but it really isn’t. But waiting for the syrup to arrive at the hard crack point (300 degrees) and then working quickly to color, flavor and then pour the hot syrup into the molds is the most stressful part, but after that it’s so much fun.

Candy Making Essentials:

Heavy pot
Wooden Spoon
Candy Thermometer
Mold(s)
Parchment Paper
Flavoring
Food Coloring

Considerations:

You will need a candy thermometer as you must bring the syrup up to a temperature of 300 degrees or hard crack point. If you do not reach the hard crack point your candy will not set and if the temperature rises above hard crack the syrup will burn.

Bringing the syrup to the Hard Crack Point is the most difficult thing about making candy. DO NOT leave your kitchen when the candy is on the burner. DO NOT answer the phone. DO NOT clean out your kitchen junk drawer. You must keep your eye on the hot syrup and the thermometer.

HARD CANDY RECIPE

2 cups sugar
2/3 cups light corn syrup
3/4 cups water
1 tsp flavoring (I used various flavored oils, cinnamon, watermelon, cotton candy, spearmint, lemon)
Food coloring

Options: Chocolate and Confections for decorating (I use Almond Bark for White Chocolate)

Lightly spray the mold(s) with Pam and wipe out any extra oil with a paper towel.

Mix the sugar, water and corn syrup in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to just a hard simmer. Watch the thermometer carefully. It is important that once the syrup is warm to NOT stir it. When the thermometer reaches 300 degrees/hard crack, remove the pan from the heat and add the color and flavoring.

While the syrup is heating, place a piece of parchment paper on a cutting board. Place the candy molds on the parchment paper. It is easier to transport the molds if they are on a cutting board and the parchment paper will catch any spills.

You must work quickly now as the syrup will start setting up as soon as you remove it from the heat. I used a small ladle to transport the syrup and fill the molds and it worked out very well.

As soon as the candy starts setting up, insert the lollipop stick. The stick may move a bit, but just hold it in place for a minute or so. Or you can find a place to prop up the stick until the candy sets. I set the mold next to a big crock I have and it holds the stick steady until the candy has cooled and set.

When the stick holds in place, move the candy to the refrigerator for a final cooling. The candy will be totally cooled in about 10-15 minutes. Remove the candy from the refrigerator and gently pop the candy from the mold. VOILA…you’ve made a Lollipop.

To decorate the Parasol:
Melt white chocolate. Dip the lollipop into the chocolate. Then dip into some sprinkles and top with an edible pearl. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set.

Flavoring and Color:
For every flavor and color you will have to make a separate batch of candy syrup. You can cut this recipe in half which will make a small amount. But you’ll have to use a very small pot to heat the syrup and you must make sure that the syrup is deep enough for the Candy Thermometer to accurately gauge the temperature.

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  • mtrguanlao January 28, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Wonderful lollipops!

  • My Carolina Kitchen January 28, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Michelle, who wouldn’t love these. They’re adorable.
    Sam

  • Ju January 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Are these adorable or are these adorable?! My gosh, makes me wanna go out and grab a candy thermometer just to hold a few of these in my hands.

  • pigpigscorner January 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

    oh my..these are so pretty!

  • Sheila January 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Those are ADORABLE! The perfect Valentine confection!

  • Feast on the Cheap January 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

    These are just too cute!

  • Cheryl B. January 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Oh Michelle, I can totally see why your nieces were so enthralled with these!!! Yet again your creative talents shine forth!!
    I chuckled at your line “DO NOT clean out your kitchen junk drawer.” It would seem logical to me to do such a thing while waiting ;-p
    How old are your nieces?
    How do you package and ship these so that they arrive intact?

  • kat January 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Those are super sweet, I can see them in pastels as a decoration on a cake for a shower or tea party, so cute

  • Sandy McClay January 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I have seen a lot of cute lollipops but these are just PERFECT!!!!! I don’t have kids that are little anymore, but these would be fun favors at a luncheon for my silly friends!!!!! THANK YOU FOR THIS! Sandy Now, these are the mini fluted pans, right….they look like mini sandbakkels tins!!!! So fun! Sandy

  • Kayte January 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Very very cute! Oh, Sprinkle Queen…you are the best…these are just so cute!

  • Courtney January 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    These look adorable. I just found your blog recently and am commenting here for the first time. My husband & I live in Chicago and are new “parents” to a four-month old Rottweiler (we got her when she was eight weeks old and are having so much fun) plus I love to cook (and my husband loves to eat!) so I am really loving your blog!

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  • Angie January 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    These are so pretty, your so creative!

  • TONYK January 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    HOW DID YOU GET THE DIFFERENT COLORS IN THE LOLLYPOPS — MAKE SEVERAL POTS OF THE HARD CANDY CHANGING THE COLOR EACH TIME?

    TONYK

    • Michelle January 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      I answered Tony via email but I will post my response here in case anyone is interested:

      Tony,

      Yes, I had to make separate batches for each color and flavor.

      I cut the recipe in half so it was just a small amount but still makes at least 6 of the parasol lollipops.

      First, I tried to make a full batch and divide it once it reached the hard crack stage but I couldn’t work fast enough before the candy set up and was too hard to work with.

      Michelle

  • tasteofbeirut January 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    These are so much fun! I can already imagine all the flavors I could use to make them, yummm…

  • Kathy Gregson January 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Those are darling. I don’t do candy much these days. But these would be so adorable for my granddaughter’s up and coming birthday. Thanks for sharing.

  • clarice February 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Fanciful comes to my mind! What beautiful photos. You really have a way with this kind of thing (I’m thinking of your marshmallows). You should make confections more often and delight us with the photographs!

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  • Cheaneulle Derosier October 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Hey, I was curious, where do you get your molds from? I would love to make these little parasol lolipops! 😀

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