Drunken Lollies

I enjoy making grown up versions of sweets…….recently I ran across a recipe for Liquor Lollipops on Pinterest and I decided to give it a go.

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The candy recipe that I used came from “Hostess with the Mostess”

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup liquor plus 1 tsp hard liquor (I used Grape Vodka for a batch and Strawberry Rum for another)
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp Karo syrup
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp food coloring (optional)

Preparation:

Prepping for the finished product is very important because it dries FAST.  I did not have any molds so I found a GREAT solution to this at “Kingaurthurflour.com”.  To make instant candy molds all you need is powered sugar and a baking sheet.

Spread a thick layer of powdered sugar on a baking sheet and press the shape that you want into the sugar (be careful not to leave any spots leaving the baking sheet exposed).

I used the top of the liquor bottle……..

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After the molds were complete I placed the sticks in the sugar………

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Then it was time to make the candy.

Instructions:

  • Mix everything (except the 1 tsp hard liquor and food coloring) in a small sauce pan until the sugar is completely wet.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat and mix occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Once sugar is dissolved then boil to 300 degrees F (You WILL need a candy thermometer for this)
  • While you are waiting for the mixture to reach 300 degrees mix the 1 tsp liquor and your choice of food coloring in a small container.
  • After the mixture reaches 300 degrees F remove from heat and carefully mix in the food coloring mixture (be careful as the mixture will pop and fizzle).
  • Carefully spoon the mixture into the molds one at a time (work careful but fast as the mixture will harden pretty quickly).

Allow the molds to sit a few hours or overnight…….

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After mine were complete I dusted the other side of the Lollypop with powdered sugar (ate a few) then wrapped the left over ones individually with plastic wrap and twist ties…….

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These guys ended up in a housewarming gift for my friend…….

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And of course the last thing is to enjoy………

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I personally enjoyed the grape vodka lollies the best…..but I was told that the strawberry ones were also a-ok!

 

 

 

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