Pear Mango Saffron Lollipops

Pear Mango Saffron Lollipops

Most of my baking friends are freaked at the prospect of at-home candy making, purporting that it’s too dangerous and difficult for most to tackle. I get it, but trust me, I call bollocks!  While it is a bit nerve-racking to work with boiling-hot syrup, there is a trick here – Mise en place (French pronunciation: [mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]).  It means putting in place, or set-up.

Throw yourself into the recipe and read through the directions (at least a few times).  Remind yourself “you’re totally gonna rock this”.

Being prepped in this case should literally mean laying everything out on the table.  That way, when you you’re ready to handle the piping hot liquid, everything goes according to plan.  Creating lollipops can be split into two major steps: heating the sugar mixture and the finishing (adding flavor to the hot liquid and pouring into the molds).

First step with these Pear Mango Saffron Lollipops is to pulse the saffron threads, vanilla bean, and sugar in a food processor.  Then, pour the sugar mixture in a saucepan with water, corn syrup, and a secure thermometer.  Be sure your liquid covers all the sugar base, avoiding contact with the sides (to prevent crystallization).  Then, crank up on high and (patiently) wait for the temperature to climb to 300F.  If you need to wipe down saucepan sides, use a brush with water.

Once ready, pour into a heatproof glass and work super fast.  I used Wilton lollipop sticks and bought my candy molds from Surfas Culinary District Los Angeles.  You can also find many shapes and forms of candy molds at Michaels.

 Remember, you got this!

Add flavorings and then pouring into the molds (pre-sprayed with Pam or Vegalene).  Then, finish off with saffron threads and mango chunks.  Wait until the lollipops completely cool, and then pop them out of molds.  Enjoy – you’ve earned this! You can wipe the sweat off your brow. Didn’t I tell you that you had this?

 

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Pear Mango Saffron Lollipop

By TheSweetNerd  

March 8, 2016

  • Prep: 50 mins
  • 50 mins

    50 mins

  • Yields: 20 lollipops

Ingredients

Lollipop

2 cups sugar

1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

2/3 cup light corn syrup

3 Tablespoons water

1 Tablespoon pear liqueur

1 teaspoon pear flavor

1/8 teaspoon saffron threads

Toppings

Dried mango, ripped into 1/4 inch pieces

1/8 teaspoon saffron threads

30 lollipop sticks

Directions

Prep:

1Spray your lollipop molds with vegetable spray and line with lollipop sticks.

2Prep shredded mango and saffron threads

Lollipop

1Food Processor: Pulse together vanilla bean, saffron threads, and sugar.

2Next, place water, pulsed sugar, pear liqueur, and light corn syrup in a saucepan. Swirl carefully so water covers most of sugar. Avoid getting sugar on side of saucepan. Boil until candy thermometer reads 300F. Do not stir. Tip: Brush down sides of saucepan with water to prevent crystalizing.

3Remove from heat and quickly dip into ice bath for a 10 seconds. Be careful!

4Add finishing flavors of pear flavoring and pear liqueur.

5Pour into pre-sprayed molds.

6Finish with mango and saffron.

7Lollipops are best the day of, but they will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week. Sometimes if the air is humid, they will droop. Try to find a dry area for storage.

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