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Last night I was watching the Holiday Baking Championship and Kevin made a gorgeous stained class snow frosted window out of sugar with bright reds and greens. I thought “Hey, I could do that.” Just playing. I totally could not do something like that but what I can do is something that the scene reminded me of. A while back I was watching Pioneer Woman and she made homemade lollipops by melting some hard candy. It was a delicious treat that had a pretty stained glass look to it. I combined the inspiration of Kevin’s and Ree’s creations to come up with these easy Christmas homemade lollipops.
I used the reds and greens from a 42 oz bag of Life Savers. I opened each one and put them in large Ziploc freezer bags. Be sure and keep the reds and greens separate so your lollipops have the pretty red and green holiday look and don’t melt together to make a brown hot mess. Take a rolling pin and smash the candies in each Ziploc bag just short of them being a fine dust.
Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat baking pad and add flat circles of about 1 tablespoon of the crushed red and green candies. I did half red and half green not blending the two. The circles should be about two inches across. Allow about 4 inches in between each lollipop because they will melt and spread and if there is not enough room between them they will weld together.
For the baking and setting instructions please see Ree’s post here.
I picked up the treat sticks and the thin holiday ribbon at Walmart. These homemade lollipops are so easy to make and a great one for kids to help with. What kid wouldn’t want to smash something with a rolling pin? They can also help with opening the candy or putting the crushed candy on the mat.
The lollipops would be fun to attach to teacher gifts or to make for class parties or to put out at holiday parties as favors. Just add a cellophane treat bag to the top and tie with some curling ribbon.
Making homemade treats for the holidays doesn’t have to be hard to be impressive. These have festive holiday colors and a pretty stained glass look and make me feel like I can be on Holiday Baking Championship. Almost. 🙂