I’ve been wanting to make lollipops for a while now, but for some reason, I’ve been putting it off. With a tea-loving friend’s birthday celebration today, I finally had an excuse to try my hand at some honey tea flavoured lollies.
I was pretty excited about finding a seemingly easy recipe for honey lollipops on foodnetwork.com, but I should have known something would go wrong. I haven’t been having a lot of luck in the kitchen lately. First the slimy noodles and now, instead of tea flavoured lollipops I have, well, nothing.
It went well at the beginning; the candy cooked, my thermometer worked, the syrup was a dream to pour. Everything was fine until I tried to unmold. The lollipops refused to come out of the mold. I didn’t have any non-stick cooking spray on hand so I oiled the molds instead thinking that oil would have more than enough non-stick abilities. I thought wrong. It was so bad that I had to melt the candy out with hot tap water.
You’d think that after that fiasco I’d just go out and buy a tea flavoured gift or maybe make some earl grey shortbread, but no, I wanted to try again. I went with a different recipe the second time around and this time I really oiled the molds. They were dripping.
I had a bit more luck with the second lime lollipop recipe, but ultimately I ended up with broken shards of candy. I’m not giving up on lollipops though; I’m going to get my hands on some cooking spray and then we’ll see who’s boss!