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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*Slightly modified from Sugar & Cloth’s DIY spiked lollipops.