Rose & Raspberry Lollipops

Simple & Sweet
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.

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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