Luminous lollipops, laced with the zest of lemon, lime, and pink grapefruit, will delight kids and grown-ups alike.
- Yield: Makes 4 large or 16 small lollipops
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
- Vegetable oil cooking spray, for molds
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons glucose (wilton.com) or corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons citrus juice (such as lime, lemon, or pink grapefruit)
- 1 tablespoon citrus zest (such as lime, lemon, or pink grapefruit)
- 1 small drop gel-paste food coloring (such as green, yellow, or pink)
Lightly coat large or small round lollipop molds (hard candy; candylandcrafts.com) with cooking spray, and place lollipop sticks (candylandcrafts.com) in grooves. Bring sugar, glucose, and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat until a candy thermometer registers 300 degrees. Remove from heat, and carefully stir in citrus juice and zest and food coloring with a rubber spatula. (Mixture will steam and bubble when liquid is added. Be careful, and make sure zest is distributed evenly and not in clumps.) Transfer mixture to a liquid measuring cup, and let bubbles settle slightly, about 10 seconds.
Slowly pour mixture into prepared lollipop molds. Let cool, until lollipops harden, about 30 minutes. Remove lollipops from molds.