Rose & Raspberry Lollipops
With valentine’s day around the corner it’s time to whip up some lollipops. Why? Because, I’m a big fan of the elementary school style valentines day where you make valentines for everyone. Whip up a batch and voila – deliciously fragrant and lovely treats for everyone! These would also be great for a party or for a Galentine’s day celebration – thank you Leslie Knope.
I can never have too many rose flavored desserts and these lollipops are a double whammy, with rose water in the lollipops and rose petals as a garnish. Go easy on the dried rose petals, too many creates a weird texture. You can also leave them out all together and opt for a decorative swirl of color instead.
Although the recipe is simple, you will need a few pieces of equipment – a candy thermometer and molds for the lollipops. The sugar sets up quickly so start by getting your equipment ready.
- Prepare your candy molds by placing the lollipop sticks into or on top of each cavity. If you plan on using rose petals, place a few rose petals (2-4) into each of the candy molds.
- In a sauce pan heat the sugar, corn syrup and water on medium heat until they reach 300 degrees. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Once the mixture has reached 300 turn off the heat and add the food coloring, rose water and raspberry extract. Stir to combine and pour into a glass measuring cup or any heat safe container that is easy to pour from. Pour the candy into each prepared mold. It will set in just a few minutes so work quickly.
- To make a swirl place a a few drops of food coloring and half a teaspoon of raspberry extract in a small bowl. Dip a toothpick into the coloring and flavoring mix and use it to transfer a drop or two on to the sugar mixture in the mold. Swirl the toothpick to create a design.