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Peppermint lollipops

These little treats are the new wedding must-haves, but make them yourself and they won't break the bank

  • Prep: 30 mins
    Cook: 20 mins
  • Makes about 40 - easily doubled or tripled
  • More effort
  • Makes about 40 - easily doubled or tripled
  • More effort

Ingredients

  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp peppermint essence
  • green food colouring
  • 40 plastic lollipop sticks (janeasher.co.uk or hobbycraft.co.uk), or wooden skewers cut into short lengths

Tip

Print off labels
You can print off labels for your guests. Simply cut them out, make a hole with a hole punch and tie to each lollipop or pot of lollipops with pretty ribbon. Alternatively print off a plain template for your own message.

Presenting the lollipops
Place lollies in a container anchoring them in sugar, as above, or package individually in pieces of cellophane, scrunched and tied around the stick with a ribbon, up to a week before the wedding.

Storing the lollipops
Make up to 3 weeks before the big day. Store layered between baking parchment in airtight containers – if the lollies touch, they will stick together.

Method

  1. Put the sugar and cream of tartar into a saucepan with 200ml hot water. Gently heat until the sugar has completely melted, then increase the heat and boil until the mixture reaches the ‘hard crack’ stage on a sugar thermometer (or a small spoonful dropped into cold water sets hard). Remove from heat immediately and swirl in peppermint essence and enough green colouring to give a pale green colour – start by adding just one drop at a time.

  2. Cover a heatproof surface with baking parchment. Using a metal spoon, carefully pour some peppermint syrup onto the paper – roughly ½-1 tbsp per lolly. Push a lolly stick into each. If the syrup becomes too thick, just put the pan back over a gentle heat briefly. But if the syrup is too hot and runny, the shapes won’t be as even so set it aside for a minute. Set lollies until hard.

  3. To clean equipment after lollipop making drop everything back into the pan, fill with water and bring to the boil.