I wanted to make some stuff that was vegan friendly and easy / relatively cheap to send out to friends for the holidays.
I found this amazing recipe from Leite's Culinaria for liquor lollipops.
I decided that if the sugar I use is vegan-friendly, and the liquor I use is as well, then my vegan buddies will be thoroughly gifted for the holidays.
- 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon hard liquor, such as bourbon, tequila, or rum
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon food coloring of your choice (optional)
I'd like to take a moment to interject and tell ya'll just how fucked up my lollipop making experience was.
A) My candy thermometer wouldn't go past 240. I got confused. Suddenly the syrup was BURNING. I threw that batch away.
B) Second round, I just fucking ignored my thermometer because that bitch is a liar. I did everything totally fine and stuff, but the lollipops weren't quite hard enough. I was so scared of burning them that they were just a litttttttttttle too soft.
C) I poured the remaining syrup I didn't use out into the sink. I tripped on myself (like the dumbass I am) and got it all over my hand. Much screaming, crying, and burning ensued.
FUCK THIS LOLLIPOP-CREATING NONSENSE, IT IS EVIL AND DESTRUCTIVE.
And we continue....
3. Remove from the heat, and, working quickly, mix in the remaining 1 teaspoon liquor and food coloring, if using. Still working with haste, drop the syrup into either lollipop molds or onto a silicone mat.
Only 4 points because I didn't get them hard enough! Still lollipops, but they stick to your teeth if you suck on them for too long. Other than that, the Frangelico's gives it a lovely taste. :D
Ease of Preparation: 1/5
A nightmare from hell. Fuck this lollipop shit.
They're little lollipops!