Valentine Dazzlers

Valentine Dazzlers

These hard candy lollipops are a special treat when wrapped in clear plastic bags and tied with colorful ribbon.

YIELDS

6 to 12 pops, depending on size of cookie cutters

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups C&H® Granulated Sugar
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup, light
  • 1/2 cup water
  • flavoring extracts
  • food coloring
  • colorful ribbons; wooden craft sticks or lollipop sticks

INSTRUCTIONS

Line 2 cookie sheets with foil, keeping foil very smooth.

In medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Increase to high heat and bring to boil. Cook without stirring until candy thermometer reaches 300°F, or hard crack stage (about 15 to 20 minutes). To test, put a drop of mixture in glass of water--if brittle ball forms, it's ready.

Remove from heat. As with any hot liquid, take special care in handling. Immediately stir in your choice of flavoring and food coloring.

Lightly grease heart-shaped cookie cutters; place on prepared cookie sheets. Slowly pour syrup from glass measuring cup with small spout, filling heart-shaped cookie cutters to 1/4 inch thick. Let cool slightly until syrup holds its shape. Remove cookie cutters and press ribbons or sticks into each lollipop immediately.

Cool at room temperature.

Flavor Variations

Try these extracts, in quantities given, to give your pops custom flavors.

Peppermint extract: 1 1/2 teaspoons 
Lemon extract: 2 teaspoons  
Almond extract: 1/2 teaspoon 
Cinnamon (oil of): 1/4 teaspoon 
Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon 

QUICK TIP

If syrup becomes too stiff to form shapes, return to low heat until thin enough to pour.