Are your children bored now that the summer holidays are coming to an end? In this household, it’s definitively getting harder to keep them occupied! So here is a quick “recipe” that will keep most bored kids happy for quite a while: DIY lollipops!
My older kids made these lollipops with their school art teachers last year and I really wanted to have a go at making them myself. And it turns out they are the prettiest and easiest thing to do and, sure enough, children are always ready to help. Even the sugar rush you might get afterwards is worth it, honest!
Melted sweets have a mind of their own, and I did try to force shapes using cookie cutters, but it ended up disastrously. In the end it was better to embrace the unknown and try to guess what shape they would take.
- boiled sweets, any kind, any shapes (my local supermarket didn’t have a great selection, and I wish we had found striped ones!)
- baking sheet and baking paper, or silicon mat
- bamboo skewers, cut in half
1. Place your bamboo skewers on a baking sheet, leaving enough space between them for the boiled sweet to spread.
2. Arrange your sweets as you wish, playing with colours and patterns.
3. You can also use crushed sweets and shards, as I did below. You will end up with a more uniform colour but with interesting textures.
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 200ºC for five minutes. Please keep an eye on them, the crushed ones will be ready in a shorter time. And if some sweets haven’t completely melted, don’t worry. They will continue doing so after you take them out of the oven.
5. Leave to cool until hardened and only then peel of the baking paper.
DIY Lollipops are so quick to make we ended up with a whole forest of them. The hardest part is to convince your children NOT to eat them all at once!
Styling: Clementine Larvor
Top and bottom images: Dee Ramadan