My first batch of lollies, these were orange blossom and vanilla extract
flavoured with yellow liquid food colouring and red gel food colouring.
The plastic moulds started off using 0.5mm vacuum form plastic bought in the
college shop. I chose clear so I could see if the sugar had hardened underneath.
It was quite tricky to see if the plastic was industry food safe quality but the
workshop technicians did say it probably would be as long as all the moulds
would be thoroughly washed and cleaned.
This is my guide should you wish to recreate these at home!
Ice cube tray ready if had left over sugar mixture.
Basic recipe found on Youcast on a Youtube video.
Very helpful but have developed it as I use natural fruit flavourings.
2 cups of white granualted sugar
3/4 cup of room temperature water
1/2 tsp of cream tartar
few drops of colouring and flavouring
Heavy duty bottom pan
rubber or silicone spatulas and spoons not metal
(metal will not work and be a bugger to clean hard suagr off!)
Flat tidy surface to prepare ingredients
Bowl of ice cold water big enough to fit required saucepan
Plastic or Silicone moulds
Mix on low heat and stir until sugar dissolves
Pop in sugar/food thermometer and do not stir!
Once reached 300F on the temperature gauge and turning
light amber caramel colour, take off the heat and carefully watching
fingers pop in the ice bath. (Make sure heat has been turned off)
Now is the time to stir in colour and flavours with a plastic spoon, beating quickly til mixed in as air bubbles easily get trapped inside and these will show up in the final lolly.
Spoon out into moulds, working quickly as after about 8 minutes aprox the sugar hardens and becomes difficult towork with. If this happens before you've filled the moulds, pop back on the hob and melt the mixture again. This time do not put in the ice bath as it will solidify too quickly!
Popped 2 lolly sticks in the mould, a sharing lolly where you pull and
tug each stick not knowing who's going to break off the bigegr bit!
Lovely shiny surfaces on the lolliues and sweets, the colours came out bold and bright.
Look very tasty and inviting!