What new activity can you do in-home with your kids this fall? How about trying our fun Pansy Pops! Made right from the flower pot on your counter. They are easy, fun, & so pretty!
What You Need:Lollipop sticks 12 to 18, silicone candy mold, about 1 cup Pansy flowers, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1/3 cup water, 1 1/2 tsp extract of your choice (vanilla, mint, cinnamon, coconut, etc.)
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 Pansy 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 (can be bought inexpensive on Amazon). Boil syrup mixture without stirring until the temperature reaches 305 degrees. Remove from heat and immediately place the saucepan on top of the ice to stop the cooking. Add your extract flavor. 3. Carefully pour hot syrup into candy molds or drizzle it over flowers. Let pops cool completely, about 20 minutes, before moving. Makes 10 lollipops.
Pansy petal pops are best stored standing up. Use a piece of styrofoam or poke holesin the lid of a plastic food container to keep pops upright and separated. Keep awayfrom humidity.