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Soothing Homemade Lollipops


Take your homemade lollipops up a notch with these recipes that include ingredients like ginger and peppermint, plus sprinkles, flowers, fruit, or any other ingredients you can imagine, for a soothing treat. These lollipops also make for a great addition to a chemo care package!


Ginger-Mint Pops
Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup chamomile tea
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, mix chamomile tea and mint leaves. Continue to blend until the mint is fully chopped.
  2. Pour out the mixture into a small saucepan, and add in honey and ginger, cooking on low heat. Stir until the mixture reaches a temperature of 300°F. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, place a test drop or two into a cup of ice-cold water. If the mixture stays hard, it’s ready.
  3. Pour the mix into lollipop molds, or free-form onto sticks on a greased, nonstick mat, or parchment paper.
  4. Let the pops cool at room temperature until hardened, and store them wrapped in parchment paper.

Peppermint Sprinkle Pops
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • Assorted sprinkles, edible flowers, freeze-dried fruit, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a small saucepan on medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to the inside, and increase the heat to medium-high until the mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Allow to boil until the thermometer reaches 310°F. Then carefully mix peppermint extract into the candy.
  3. Pour out the mixture onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper to form 2-3-inch circles, or pour in a lollipop mold for more uniform pops. Quickly push in the sticks, and add sprinkles or other garnishes, if desired.
  4. Let cool until fully hardened, then store at room temperature, wrapped in parchment paper.

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