When I was a kid, Chupa Chups lollipops were like crack for me (and I’m not saying a child on crack is the best thing, or actually legal but I’m just saying..). The banana chocolate combo was a little sickly but I totally heart-ed it. And the strawberry ones were always so satisfying. Then in high school, it was suddenly really cool and fashionable to have a lollipop in the mouth about 24/7. You didn’t really need to suck on it. Just have it there. Have it exist in your mouth = instant popularity. It doesn’t quite work that way now unfortunately. But lollipops sure do bring me lots of joy just looking at it or giving them away.
I meant to make lollipops along with champagne jam for Meeta’s Monthly Mingle but totally missed the deadline having had to deal with life and some lollipop failure last week. Meeta celebrated her 609th post (congratulations!) and 4 successful years of her blog with the very elegant and regal queen of wines – champagne. I was so psyched for this! When I saw her MM tweet, my online shopping for candy making stuff began and it was all quick quick chop chop efficiency. Sadly enough, I haven’t been that efficient in meeting the deadline.
Thankfully, Meeta’s been too kind to wait for my entry and so here’s my contribution. It also Easter break and time for Easter sweeties. All the more reason to try again in hopes that I can spread some sugary joy to others. My lollies weren’t perfect but they were lollipops nonetheless and still a great improvement from the ones before. Only one was quite as it was meant to be from the butterfly mold but I was elated enough that they were unmolding fine from having greased the molds very generously. Of course, simply greasing a baking parchment to form round lollipops is and would’ve been dead easy if I’d done that last week right from that start. Now why didn’t I do that last week to save me all the post-candymaking failure depression? Well, we live and learn. That seems to be my motto of late!
I couldn’t decide at first between my champagne jam or champagne lollipops since the latter is sorta a cheat, using champagne oil instead of the real bubbly to flavour the hard candy. I finally opted for the latter. The jam can wait when juicier summer berries start hitting the shops. She says. Let’s hope I stay true to my word and don’t get carried away by something else. I’m just too fickle.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m gonna sit back, relax, and nurse my sorethroat. In the meantime, these lollies are gonna make nice little Easter gifts! Happy Easter folks.
Red Champagne Lollipops
Recipe adapted from She Simmers’ recipe here
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1/2 dram champagne oil
couple of drops red food colouring
sunflower oil, for greasing molds
baking parchment (optional – if not using molds)
Generously grease with sunflower oil lollipop molds. If making round lollipops without molds, prepare baking parchment across flat surface or cookie tray, secure it down and grease with oil.
Combine sugar, light corn syrup and water in a heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil without stirring. Secure candy thermometer to the saucepan, making sure that the bulb of the thermometer doesn’t touch the base of the saucepan but is somewhere between the bottom of the saucepan and surface of the candy mixture so that temperature recorded is accurate.
Allow mixture to boil until it reaches 250-260d F. When it does so, carefully add a couple of drops of red food colouring. Gently swirl the saucepan to mix the colouring into the candy mixture. Do not use anything to mix it as the boiling action will allow for the colouring to mix through.
Continue to cook until mixture reaches 300d F.
Remove saucepan from heat and once the boiling action stops, add the champagne oil or any other flavour oils you are using and carefully stir through.
Pour syrup into prepared molds. The syrup will start to harden almost immediately so work quickly. Place lollipop sticks in the centre, pressing it into the middle of the hardening syrup. I add a little more candy syrup over it so that its securely fastened into the candy.
Leave to cool for 8-10mins. The lollipops should be ready to unmold by then. Allow to cool completely left standing in a glass, or put the sticks through a colander so that the candy does not touch any surfaces.
Under running tap water, rinse off excess grease and continue to let it dry off. Don’t attempt to wipe the surfaces with cloth or paper as that will leave unsightly marks.
Wrap lollipops with plastic wrappers, tie with ribbons and send them away as Easter gifts!
29 Responses to “Red Champagne Lollipops”
Rachel JRachel J Says:
March 25th, at 4:51 pm
I love making sweets with champagne, but I’ve never seen lollipops and such gorgeous ones to boot! Just simple and stellar!
March 25th, at 6:06 pm
how utterly adorable. i recently made chocolate pop rock lollies and so i have molds that will now house something like this.
March 25th, at 6:30 pm
How awesome is it that your nail polish matches your lollipops!! hehehe… and good job babe, they look fantastic!! x
March 25th, at 7:41 pm
Wow! They are beautiful! Both of them. And too classy! Really kinda puts Chuppa Chuppa in their place, huh? These are so sexy and elegant! Fab job!
Mowie @ MowieliciousMowie @ Mowielicious Says:
March 25th, at 8:03 pm
Love, love, *love* how they turned out honey! They’re gorgeous. I can’t wait to start experimenting and trying them out myself! x
March 25th, at 8:10 pm
They are so cute! i’d love to taste one…
Sarah, Maison CupcakeSarah, Maison Cupcake Says:
March 25th, at 8:33 pm
These are gorgeous, you really are the Sugar Queen. Those ribbons are fabulous.
March 25th, at 8:36 pm
catty: I know! I didn’t quite realize until I was editting the pictures. They pretty much the same shade! Uncanny.
Jamie: 😀 Chuppa Chups pale in comparison? I’m not sure…I still love chupa chups flavours. Too many to choose from. These lollies are real fun to make though and suddenly looks not too complicated to make now that I’ve tried twice.
[email protected]: oooh. I bet yours will be utterly breathtaking!
Rosa: Come round! I’ve got a giant one sitting by the window sill..
Sarah, Maison Cupcake: Uh oh…Sugar Queen? LOL. I’m flattered. But doubt the dentist will be very happy with me
Tangled NoodleTangled Noodle Says:
March 25th, at 8:45 pm
Many would consider lollipops as ‘cute’, but you, my dear, have made them oh-so-sexy! These are definitely not for the youngsters. (But now I have to get a manicure – I want that shade!)
Kitchen ButterflyKitchen Butterfly Says:
March 25th, at 9:30 pm
If my kids discover that we can make lollipops at home, I’ll so be in trouble………they look divine. On a great note, these would be a perfect activity for a kids birthday party!!!!!!
March 25th, at 11:02 pm
I love how these are bright red (to match your nails as well!). Beautiful.
March 25th, at 11:27 pm
came here from Meeta’s. What gorgeous looking lollies!
March 26th, at 4:09 am
omg the lollipops are soooooo beautiful. love the cheery red and glassiness (is there such a word lol). they are perfect for V Day too. so pretty 🙂
March 26th, at 7:24 am
just pure delish! this is lollipop for gorwnups and if you market this correctly you’ll see that pretty soon it’ll become like crack for adults (which also is not necessarily good). love it and thanks for making it to the mingle!
March 26th, at 8:33 am
I forgot when was the last time I sucked and licked on a lollipop! I remembered those which whistle too 🙂 ….sexy red lollipops…
March 26th, at 8:43 am
tigerfish: they whistled?? I think I might have had a sweet like that once! And i remember lollipops stuck on as a giant jewelled ring so you could wear them on your finger. Those were cool
March 26th, at 9:02 am
Success! They look beautiful, kid, well done. And well done grease!
I’m not quite sure what they’d taste like with real champagne, though… That might alter the taste quite a bit!
March 26th, at 11:29 am
Manggy: that’s true! and i wondered about the bubbles if that might cause some weird explosion in the saucepan. I’m glad I didn’t try it. might have taken an eye out quite possibly.
Ju (The Little Teochew)Ju (The Little Teochew) Says:
March 26th, at 12:09 pm
GROOVY! Love the glossy red! I LOVE chupa chups. I, fact, I just got some just now for my daughter. 😉 It’s $0.55 each … used to be $0.20 during my time. When she grows up, she can graduate to these red champagne lollies. 🙂
March 26th, at 12:15 pm
Gorgeous! Love the matching nail polish too 🙂 (I’ve lurked around here but first comment)
chocolate shavingschocolate shavings Says:
March 26th, at 4:11 pm
Love the look of those vibrantly red lollipops!
March 26th, at 6:49 pm
Beautiful! I love the vibrancy of the red! Going to have to make these.
Linn @ Swedish Home CookingLinn @ Swedish Home Cooking Says:
March 27th, at 7:57 am
That is so pretty. I’m a candy girl and I would have died for this when I was little. Or, I would probably do that now too 😉 I’m making Swedish Cupcakes in my latest episode of my online cooking show, please check it out!
girl Japangirl Japan Says:
March 27th, at 9:27 am
Okay.. darling.. I’ll have to admit that I never had a Champagne lolly, I love it, and the molds too.. haha the one looks like a peach bottom hehe “wink”
I love the ribbons and the pink and red goodness..
Mardi @eatlivetravelwriteMardi @eatlivetravelwrite Says:
March 27th, at 10:33 am
I love these and the timing is perfect! I just bought some champagne flavour concentrate and it smells like bubblegum – does yours? How does it taste??? Does it really taste like champagne in the lollipop??
Cleo CoyleCleo Coyle Says:
March 27th, at 5:10 pm
Gorgeous! Sweet photos, too. 🙂
March 27th, at 7:39 pm
I have never heard of champagne oil. Sounds amazing!!!
March 28th, at 8:41 am
Whoa!! Candy! How fascinating; that red color is so amazing, vibrant. I have a few guitar picks that color only cause I love the color so much. They look great.
March 28th, at 3:23 pm
You are truly a diva!! What tasty & apart shaped lollipops!
What great & grand & fab foodie gifts!! Ooh,…yes!