Friday, 21 December 2012

Lollipops and Boiled Sweets

When I was very young, people used to make all kinds of home made candy at Christmas time.  Chocolate fudge and Divinity were the two most popular, but I remember hard boiled sweets too.  Usually they were flavoured with peppermint or cinnamon oil.  



I've been thinking about those old fashioned Christmas treats and decided to give it a go.  Boiled sweets are easy to make.  You probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards.  



Click on this link to learn how to make your own old fashioned lollipops:
Lollipops and Boiled Sweets


I don't have lollipop moulds so I used a foil mince pie tins. Cut a slot in the side of the tin and insert a lollipop stick or wooden coffee stirring stick.  Then pour in the hot candy syrup.   Remove the pie tin once the candy has cooled.


Using a pair of kitchen scissors, I cut some of the candy into pillow shapes..


I rolled some of the candy into small balls.  A dusting of icing sugar will keep the candy pieces from sticking together.  Store the candies in airtight containers.  I like to use pretty little jam jars.


Wrap the lollipops in plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon.  Add a lollipop to the bow on a child's gift for a tasty and colourful decoration.  You could even hang them on the Christmas tree or make lollipop bouquets.  I used red food colouring but you can use any colour.   You can make candy to match your Christmas decorations.  They didn't do that when I was a kid!  


8 comments:

  1. How lovely...and what a great idea! I love your lollipops...and they look fab with the wrapping too! Have a happy Christmas! :-)

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    1. Thanks Laura! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas,too. I know you have been busy making lots of delicious treats for the holidays. : )

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  2. These boiled sweets look delicious Debs! Hope you had a lovely Christmas :-)

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    1. We had a lovely Christmas, thanks!: ) Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

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  3. They look absolutely fabulous - wow, really beautiful at Christmas ....

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  4. These are SO old fashioned and traditional!

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  5. These sweets are beautifully crafted delicious chocolates. These old fashioned boiled sweets are still in pretty much of demand.

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