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Pansy Lollipops

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Every time we make these at Mali B, they elicit oohs and ahhs from our clients and customers. I like to make them free-form (without a candy mold), but you can use hard-candy molds if you prefer perfectly formed pops. This is one of those recipes where you have to decide whether to use organic sugar. We do, but it gives our pops a less-than-clear look. So if it’s clarity you want, go for refined sugar. A silicone baking mat (such as Silpat) is a necessity if you don’t use hard-candy molds.

Makes 10 lollipops.

Ingredients:
  • Lollipop sticks
  • 12 to 18 (about 1 cup) pansy flowers*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¹/₂ cup corn syrup
  • ¹/₃ cup water
Directions:
  1. 1. If you’re using a mold, coat it with nonstick spray and insert pop sticks in the cavities. If you’re making free-form pops, line a baking sheet or a piece of marble with a silicone baking mat. Place lollipop sticks about 3 inches apart. Put 1 viola flower in each mold or at the base of each lollipop stick on the baking mat.
  2. Place a large metal bowl full of ice cubes next to the cooking surface. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Then let it come to a boil and insert a candy thermometer. Boil syrup mixture without stirring until the temperature reaches 305°F. Remove from heat and immediately place the saucepan on top of the ice to stop the cooking.
  3. Carefully pour hot syrup into candy molds or drizzle it over flowers. Let pops cool completely, about 20 minutes, before moving.

*You can substitute Johnny-jump-ups or violets if you prefer. These flowers work well in lollipops because they flatten nicely.

From Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher.

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