Boozy Homemade Lollipops with Swirls

Clear Homemade Lollipops with Swirls

Making your own crystal clear candy homemade lollipops with fun & colorful swirls is quick & easy. They are easily customizable & are perfect for birthdays, weddings & other whimsical events.  I can’t wait to bake a cake & top it with these fun beauties.  

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You probably noticed that this blog has been neglected as of late and I feel that I owe you an explanation for this long absence.

Unfortunately, Asia, my little tuxie kitty was having some difficulties with her chemotherapy so I have been dedicating every waking moment doting on her and providing her with the love and care she needed.  Despite the best vet care, I am sad to report that her cancer metastasized. While devastating news, we continued to cling onto hope that her treatment would force the cancer into remission. But that was not meant to be.  The cancer load on her lungs ultimately got to be more than her little body could handle and she lost her heroic battle with cancer two weeks ago.

 

Asia, Tuxedo Kitty, Sleeping

 

I’m sure it was pretty obvious from this blog that I was very bonded to this little mother hen. She had a big personality. A personality so vibrant that everyone who met her, cat lover or not, couldn’t help but fall in love with her.

Losing her has been a huge devastation to our family as she was the lifeblood.  Not only did she provide both two and four legged members of our family with the ultimate of love and affection but she also served as the chief protector of our household.   Whenever she heard a noise, she would immediately shoot up and run to investigate.  Only when she was sure the coast was clear would she come back and continue with her snuggling session.

She had a knack for making you feel as if you were the most important person on the planet.  She had a keen sense of time and was always patiently waiting to greet you at the door.  And the very minute you stepped across the threshold she would start chit chatting away to the point you were certain she would talk your ear off.

And boy could she snuggle.  She was always the first to bed and snuggled up against you so tight that it would be near impossible to get even the finest of hairs in between the two of you.

 

Asia Tuxedo Kitty

Asia, Tuxedo Cat

Asia Tuxedo Kitty

Asia, Tuxedo Cat

Asia, Tuxedo kitty

Asia, Tuxedo Kitty

 

As for Asia’s journey with cancer. . .well it was a long and heartbreaking one for the Mr. and I. But we were glad we caught it early enough that we could provide her with a treatment plan that would enable her to happily live three additional glorious years.  Years that were full of love and laughter and sometimes disappointment, heartbreak, anger and frustration.

Throughout this journey it was inspiring to see her persevere through her illness.  Despite all she had been through,  she continued to let her loving, playful and upbeat attitude cast a magic spell on all she met.

 

Asia, Tuxedo Kitty

Asia, tuxedo kitty

Asia, tuxedo kitty

 

Two days before she left us, she received what was to be her last chemotherapy treatment.   Since the previous chemotherapy treatment was seriously impacting her tastebuds (a huge concern given her extreme weight loss), the vet had decided to switch her to a new treatment.  The Mr. and I had high hopes for this treatment as it was really our last option.

You should have seen her.  Despite having to endure a far from fun procedure. . .there she was chit chatting away with the oncology department the entire time the drugs were being administered.  This was so typical of her. Always social, always one to go out of her way to make you feel good even when she was feeling bad herself.

 

Clear Homemade Lollipops with Swirls

Clear Homemade Lollipops with Swirls

Clear Homemade Lollipops with Swirls

 

Her absence is being felt by many, including friends, family, and the many doctors and technicians who tried to help this little fighter win the biggest battle of her life.  My heart now has a huge gaping hole in it. . .a hole so big that I have found myself paralyzed by this loss.  I constantly look at the little box that holds her ashes as a reminder that this is not a horrid dream gone wrong. . .it really happened.  Now I must find the strength and courage to maneuver through life without my little protector.

As bad as I feel, I know that I need to force myself to provide Asia’s brother and sisters with the same love and devotion she showered upon them.  I must continue to grow as a person and experience all that life has to offer.   After all, that’s what my curious, vibrant and fun loving mother hen would want.

 

Homemade Lollipops with Colorful Swirls

Clear Homemade Lollipops with Colorful Swirls

Clear Homemade Lollipops with Colorful Swirls

 

So in honor of Asia’s vibrant, fun and colorful personality, I made these whimsical lollipops embedded with an explosion of color.  Making them was a good distraction for me, especially considering the Mr. has already started his assignment in Shanghai.   Frankly, I couldn’t help but smile when I thought about how much Asia would have loved seeing me drag the lollipop sticks in an erratic pattern to create the swirly kaleidoscope of color.  I’m almost certain she would have loved to help, batting around that lollipop stick with her mischievous paw.

These may look complicated but they are really easy to make.  Just throw a little sugar, corn syrup, and water in a pan.  Plop your candy thermometer in and wait until it reaches a hard crack.  Stir in flavoring and/or alcohol of your choice.  Dollop a little bit of candy onto parchment paper, magically swirl some food coloring around, wait 20 minutes. . .and voila!  You have yourself some super fun Homemade Lollipops that will certainly bring some cheer into your every day.

The hardest part is being diligent enough to keep the sugar from heating above “hard crack”.  Above this temperature, the sugar will start to caramelize. . . and you don’t want that if you want to maintain the super cool, colorless appearance of these lollipops.

 

Clear Homemade Lollipops with Swirl

XOXO-

Lynn

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For more on Asia’s battle with cancer see HERE and HERE.

 

Homemade Lollipops

Yield: 20-25 lollipops

Homemade Lollipops

Making your own crystal clear lollipops with fun & colorful swirls is quick & easy. Easily customize with your choice of flavors, liquors, & candy sprinkles.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup triple sec _(optional, or use your favorite liquor)-
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract (or preferred flavorant)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Gel food colorings
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  1. Place 3 large pieces of parchment paper onto a flat surface.
  2. Lightly spray each with cooking spray & then brush with a pastry brush to evenly coat the paper.
  3. Place the sugar, water, & corn syrup in a medium saucepan over high heat.
  4. Gently stir until the sugar mixture comes to a boil. Take care not to splash the mixture up onto the sides of the pan.
  5. Once boiling, stop stirring & clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the saucepan. Be sure that the thermometer does not touch the bottom of the pan.
  6. While the mixture boils, moisten a pastry brush with water & carefully wipe down the sides of the pan to wash any crystals forming on the sides.
  7. Continue to boil until the thermometer reaches 300 degrees F -(hard crack)-. Note: The sugar will start to caramelize, and your lollipops will take on an amber appearance, at temperatures above the hard crack phase.
  8. Allow to cool to 275 degrees & carefully stir in triple sec & extracts.
  9. Pour out circles (two at a time) onto the parchment paper using a metal spoon.
  10. Dip the lollipop sticks into the gel food coloring & quickly stir through the lollipop circle.
  11. Lay the lollipop stick in the center of the lollipop & spin around so that the stick is surrounded by the candy.
  12. Repeat with remaining candy. If the candy starts to become too stiff, heat it up slightly (on low) on the stovetop.
  13. If desired lightly push sprinkles into the candy.
  14. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, or until completely firm.
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34 thoughts on “Boozy Homemade Lollipops with Swirls

  • April 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    Lynn, I am so sorry about your loss. Our cat passed away from cancer last summer and I wrote about it in a potato salad recipe, which I dedicated to her since she loved smelling herbs. I can totally relate to how you feel and know how hard it is. On a positive note, these lollipops are GORGEOUS! A beautiful representation of what Asia means to you ♥ ♥ ♥

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    • April 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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      Awe. . .I’m so sorry about your kitty. Cancer is such an evil disease and it seems no matter what you do there is no defeating it. I’m just glad we knew about it early enough that we could delay the inevitable especially since it meant that Asia got to enjoy 3 additional happy, love filled years with her family. I definitely will be checking out your potato salad post.

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  • April 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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    Oh Lynn, I’m so sorry to her about poor little Asia. It’s amazing what a huge place our furry little friends have in our hearts isn’t it? These lollipops are a wonderful sweet treat to celebrate her sweet, fun personality! I will keep you all in my prayers! XO

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    • April 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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      Many thanks Mary Ann. Asia was definitely what they call a “once in a lifetime” kitty. She truly was special which explains why her loss is being felt by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting her. As for the lollipops. . . I think she would be pretty pleased with them (perhaps more pleased if I would have flavored them with coffee. . .or pizza. . .two of her favorite things to steal when no one was looking).

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  • April 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm
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    I’m heartbroken to hear about Asia 🙁 She sounds like she brought you lots of love and joy in the short amount of time she got to share with you. These lollypops look like the perfect way to celebrate her life and personality. (Our kittie that was having some health problems looks exactly like your Asia by the way… so weird to me.)

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    • April 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm
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      Thanks Sarah. I hope and pray that your kitty is on the mend. She must really be a real beauty if she looks anything like Asia. I suspect Asia had some Siamese in her (judging by the shape of her face). Sadly, these gorgeous cats are predisposed for mammary cancer. But cancer or not. . .she most definitely brought us a mountain full of joy.

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      • April 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm
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        We elected to forgo testing for cancer since she’s nearing the end of her lifespan anyway. She had surgery to remove a skin tumor and she seems to be doing really well now, so I’m crossing my fingers….

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  • April 4, 2016 at 9:59 pm
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    I am so sorry for your loss Lynn. Never easy to lose someone so close to your heart. Sending you and your family love and light. These lollipops look perfect to celebrate her fun personality. Take care!

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    • April 5, 2016 at 11:50 am
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      Many Thanks Manali. It’s been two weeks and the Mr. and I miss her like crazy but there is comfort in knowing that we gave her the best care available to us and she was happy throughout her entire illness.

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  • April 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm
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    I’m so sorry about your beloved fur baby. You never forget. My cat died on this date over 10 years ago. I kept some of his white fur in a little box. I hope you all feel better soon. Beautiful pictures of Asia and lolly pops. 🙂

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    • April 9, 2016 at 8:08 am
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      Many thanks for your kind words. Asia really meant a lot to our family. We have Asia’s ashes and plaster paw prints sitting in her favorite spots. There is some comfort knowing that she is close to us in some way. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of Asia. She was a beauty inside and out.

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  • April 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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    Oh Lynn, I’m so so sorry to read about the loss of your beloved kitty. I can so relate, actually. I don’t know if you saw the post on my blog last month about my little Oliver. He died of cancer too. It was so sudden… we literally found out and had to put him down the next day it was so bad. Of course I blamed myself for not picking up on the fact something was wrong, but I know there wasn’t anything I could do. As soon as we saw signs that something was off, it was too late. He was only 5 and our only pet and I know exactly what you mean about the gaping hole in your heart. I know what you mean about looking at the ashes. All of what you wrote I could have wrote myself. Our house is so empty and devastated doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel 🙁 These lollipops are beautiful and a fitting tribute to your cat.

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  • April 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    Aww that is so sad about Asia. She sounded like a gorgeous little soul. I still am not over the loss of my cat Otto almost two decades ago. I still tear up when I think about him 🙁

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    • April 9, 2016 at 7:11 am
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      She definitely was a gorgeous soul Lorraine. I’m so sorry about Otto. Perhaps he can show Asia the ropes wherever the two may be.

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  • April 8, 2016 at 1:43 am
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    Lynn, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is to loose not just a pet, but your little baby. They truly are amazing creatures, they touch our hearts in ways that no one else can. And now I’m tearing up thinking of my pups I’ve lost over the years.
    Ok so about these lollipops – simply gorgeous! They look ethereal, like they’re floating, that they have movement – just exquisite! Pinned of course.

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    • April 9, 2016 at 7:08 am
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      Thank you for your kind words Kathleen. The Mr. and I really miss our little protector. It’s still hard to believe that she is gone. I suppose time will heal all wounds. I’m glad you like the lollipops. I feel they do a nice job of symbolizing Asia.

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  • April 9, 2016 at 5:24 am
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    Sorry for your loss, because loosing a pet is a big loss. I am sure Asia knew you loved her and that you did everything you could.

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    • April 9, 2016 at 6:53 am
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      Awe thank you Theodora. Asia was definitely very loved and she also gave a mountain full of love. There is comfort knowing that she really had the best love a kitty could have and got to travel the globe. . .so to speak.

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  • April 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm
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    I am SO SORRY to hear the sad news, Lynn. Asia sounded like a lovely wonderful friend anyone would be lucky to have and you ‘have’ her — always, in your heart & memory. That’s a given no one can ever take away from you. I am sending you huge hugs from SF hoping those hugs will help with your sadness even just a little bit. xoxo
    These whimsical lollipops are so appropriate to say goodbye to a great soul like Asia. They are beautiful, Lynn.

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    • April 11, 2016 at 9:24 am
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      Many thanks for the hugs Pang. I need all that I can get these days. I completely agree that the Mr. and were very so lucky that Asia chose us to be in our life. She definitely was a once in a lifetime kitty.

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  • April 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm
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    I’m very sorry for your loss Lynn! We are so bonded to our pets so when things like this happen it is devastating ! I’m sure you’ve done everything possible! The is so cute on the pictures! These lollipops are gorgeous! Love them!

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    • April 11, 2016 at 9:19 am
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      It’s amazing how tight that bond can be, isn’t it Mira? Asia certainly was a cutie. . .both inside and out. I was watching some of the videos I took of her while in Africa. . .and watching her antics with the many lizards made me smile.

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  • April 10, 2016 at 11:37 am
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    I am so sorry for your loss, Lynn. It is clear how much you and your husband loved Asia, and I don’t think she could have been love more or cared for any better. I hope that happy memories of her lift your spirits and help you heel.
    I love the lollipops. They are so whimsical and fun…and a sweet tribute to your fur baby. Take care. xoxo

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    • April 11, 2016 at 9:16 am
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      Thank you for your kind words Thao. Asia was deeply loved by our family and we did everything we could to help her fight. There is comfort in knowing that the care enabled her to live 3 additional happy years after her cancer diagnosis I think she would love these lollipops.

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    • April 11, 2016 at 9:12 am
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      Why thank you Sabrina. I have to say I agree with you. . .but then again I might be a bit biased. 😉

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  • April 21, 2016 at 10:23 am
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    I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. Big hugs. You must be heartbroken. What a wonderful way to honor her with these colorful lollipops! The images are so pretty.

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    • April 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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      Many thanks for your kind words Lori. We are still very heartbroken over the loss. She was such a special girl and I think it is going to take a very long time to heal our hearts.

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  • March 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm
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    I am so very sorry to hear about your little one, I have many of my own and completely understand the loss of such a family member. Thank you for your recipes, I love it!

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  • June 18, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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    I was determined to make boozy lollipops for my (almost) daughter-in-law’s June 2017 peddle bar bachelorette party. Among my challenges: I had never made hard candy and there is no vetting of Pinterest recipes. After some messy fails I was fortunate to find “Road to Honey.” These directions and amounts (I translated volume to weigh for precision) are clear and net great lollipops – plus the design is neat. I used rum and 1 dram of LorAnn strawberry oil to create Strawberry Daiquiri Lollipops (two drams might be better). Thanks so much for this recipe.

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    • June 19, 2017 at 9:09 am
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      Oh wow Jean! Your Strawberry Daiquiri Lollipops sound so delicious. I bet they were a big hit at your (almost) 😉 daughter-in-laws bachelorette party.

      And while my cooking list for the day is full. . .your tempting me to squeeze these lollipops in…

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      • June 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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        Thanks so much for your reply. Yesterday’s batch was my trial run (and a Father’s Day hit) – the party is later this month. Do you think it would alter the chemical balance too much if I added another 2 oz. of rum (making it ½ cup total)? I think that, plus two drams of strawberry flavor, would be perfect unless the added liquid would prohibit the candy from hardening. Thank you for your blog – I look forward reading more of your entries.

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  • July 15, 2017 at 9:42 am
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    What joyful way to celebrate your sweet girl! Thanks for sharing your beautiful story❤️ Fur babies are so special to us❤️

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    • July 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm
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      Many thanks for your kind words Carrie. The Mr. and I do care deeply for our furry four legged children. We still miss Asia to pieces as does her feline brother.

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