Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tequila Lollipops!

I did a lot of work this weekend. Actual work and I helped my sister paint most of her house. Needless to say I'm exhausted, but before I started on any of this I made some tequila lollipops!
I must give a disclaimer though, you will get diabetes before these get you drunk. I know, I was a little depressed too. Not to worry though... they are actually good! A sweet and classic lollipop that anyone can enjoy.

1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons of tequila
2 tablespoons cold water
3/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons Karo light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (I used table salt, it worked great)
1/4 teaspoon food coloring - optional (I chose not to use it)

Step by step instructions:
Prep: If you don't have lollipop molds you can use a silicone baking mat. I couldn't find molds I liked and the silicone mats were too expensive for a couple time event. Tin foil on a sheet tray worked just fine.
1. Mix together 1/4 cup of the tequila, and the water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a 1-2 quart sauce pan until all of the sugar is wet. If sugar crystals cling to the sides of the pan, dissolve them away.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally and gently with a spatula until all of the sugar is dissolved. Then boil to 300°F without stirring.
3, Remove from the heat and, working quickly, add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of tequila and food coloring if you are using it.
4. Still working with haste, use a spoon to drop the candy onto the silicone mat/tin foil or into the lollipop molds.
5. Place a lollipop stick into the candy and twist 180° to completely cover.
This recipe makes approximately 18-20 lollipops. You'll need to let them cool and develop flavor over night. I covered the sheet trays with saran wrap and placed them in the fridge over night. I'm hoping to make a variety of margarita-style flavors, maybe for the holidays. This first batch tasted great though. I was pretty amazed at my own candy making skills!
 Happy Drinking! (And candy making)

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