Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Lollipops!

So tomorrow there is a Halloween party for the young girls in my church. And as I am one of their leaders, I decided to make them a little treat. Here's the tutorial for what I did to make these cute wee pumpkin lollies!

Firstly, you're going to need a few suplies. I had everything I needed, except the orange candy melts, which are relatively cheap at the Bulk Barn.

So you'll need candy melts, a small glass measuring cup, one large chocolate candy melt, sucker sticks, a candy mold, wax paper, toothpicks and flavouring if you like. I chose to add a drop of orange to add yumminess.

First step is to place the glass measuring cup with your candy melts, into a shallow pot of water. Slowly bring this pot of water to med/high. You'll need to pay close attention to be certain things don't burn. You don't want a rapid boil either, just simmering. This melts your candy. Melt about half, then turn the heat to low, and stir the rest until its smooth and shiny.
So now that its all gooey and smooth, carefully poor, (or spoon like I did) the melted candy into the molding tray. If you spill over the edge of a mold, just carefully wipe it away with the edge of your finger or a damp cloth. Once the tray is full, now we add the sticks!! Slowly push the sticks into the little wells provided. Twist it from side to side to coat the stick with the candy. After you've done each individual lolli, into the freezer the tray goes!
Okay, those should take about eight minutes to set and harden. While you're waiting for those, take your chocolate melt, and in a small glass bowl, melt it in the microwave. The trick to doing this, is do it in 10-15 second increments, stirring each time. When it is mostly melted, you can stir the rest in very easily, this prevents you from burning the chocolate. (Mum had to teach me that after burning chocolate several times in the microwave when i first started using melts).

When the lolli's are solid, remove from the freezer and place on wax paper. They should come right out of the mold no problem.

Hello Monsieurs Pumpkins! Now, using your toothpick, carefully dip it into the chocolate, and then carefully dab it into the hollows where the features are. There has to be a better way to do this (I just haven't discovered it yet). My hand is a little wobbly, so my pumpkin faces turned out goofy, but they still look cute....Right?

I left three without chocolate so you could see the originals. Now, just gussy them up with cellophane bags, ribbon and little tags. The bags I had were too long, so because I'm too poor to go and buy the right size, I merely snipped these ones to the length I wanted. I used a stamp I had picked up at Michael's for $1.50 last year after halloween. And Tada, finished product!

Candy lollipops are a fun, easy and inexpensive way to add the 'treat' factor in Trick or Treat!

1 comment:

  1. Love the blog! What a great idea. Lots of love, Stephanie. xx


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