Candied Lemon and Honey Lollipops

The warmth of honey paired with tart candied lemon twists... just yummm. And I even added a tiny pinch of cayenne to a few of them. Lollipop love.

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One of the great things about making your own lollipops is that you can decide exactly what you want (and do not want) to put in them. I happily skipped the corn syrup, artificial flavoring, and colors.

And the results are scrumptious!

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What you’ll need:

Candied lemon peel

• 1 organic lemon

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 cup water

Pops

• 2 cups sugar

• 1/2 cup water

• 1/2 cup honey

• 1/4 cup butter

• Candy thermometer

• Wax paper

• Lollipop sticks

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First, let’s get the lemon peel candied. So easy. Slice your lemon – approx 1/4 inch slices. Then remove the fruit from the peel and halve.

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Next bring the peels to a boil in a sauce pan. Once boiling, dump water and replace with fresh water. Bring to a boil three separate times.

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Then combine the one cup of sugar with one cup of water, bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Add in your peels and simmer until the white parts are translucent.

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Set them aside and prepare for placing them onto your lollipops as soon as they’re poured.

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Now for the pops! Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to "hard-crack" temperature – 300 degrees F. 

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Let the bubbles calm down, spoon tablespoonfuls onto the wax paper, and place your candied peel in each. And cayenne, if you like your sweets a bit spicy. Then press the stick in and allow to dry.

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And some I balled into little dum dum-like pops. 

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There you have it! Done and delicious.

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With cayenne

With cayenne

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