Now, master cooks we are not. Certainly, bakers, not even close! And yet something possesses us each year right around this time to get out the recipes and the crazy ideas and choose a candy of some kind to make for all of the teachers and school folks who educate our children throughout the year. It has to be something different each year and everyone in the family has to participate in the process. Sounds like a noble task, doesn't it?
Well, some years it goes better than others. This year, no one is fessing up to this by the way, but someone suggested and lobbied for, yes you guessed it, lollipops. Nothing in simply, straightforward forms or anything. Free form lollipops.
Now to make a very long story short… a story that involved 3 trips to the grocery story, a certain obsession with caramels [for those of you follow me on twitter], a series of "trial" batches that ended with interesting colors and even more interesting flavors, sugar on the paws of several dogs, a few burned fingers, a science lesson, 4 pans, 7 spoons, 2 candy thermometers and 5 Figueroas…. we had cherry and cherry cream lollipops that somewhat resembled the shape one might think of when they think "lollipop"!
So here's to all of those "easy" lollipop recipes, to those Martha Stewart moms out there who can get a perfectly round pop out of each batch, to those families out there with an innate skill of cramming 5 family members in a kitchen, adding boiling sugar and still having fun with all of their hair intact- my hat is off to you.
This is what we managed to accomplish. And I can tell you that by the end of our adventure, we were all very deeply grateful that we had something red on a stick that tasted good and looked sweet!
Really, what more could we ask for?
Happy Holidays to all you bakers and not bakers out there!
BTW, stay tuned for a fun blog announcent ready in time for the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. Gee, what could it possibly be, a HUGE SALE maybe??