There’s been a whole lot of champagne around here lately, but really, could there be a better time for it? (Let’s be honest, any time is a good time for Champagne). New Years Eve is on Friday and I’m prepped and ready to celebrate with a few bottles of bubbly, Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. Those two seriously crack me up every year!
I might also add a few lollipops to the agenda. Candy is a food group in my house, at least until the January 1st diet’s start calling my name. So I’m going to live it up and enjoy all the sugar I want until then.
Add a bit of gold tinsel and you have yourself a party on a stick! The tinsel is optional, but it does create an easy way to hold your champagne lollipops onto your drinking glass. Dipping them into your glass of champagne is definitely a serving suggestion I recommend!
- 1/4 Cup Champagne
- 2 Tbsp. Cold Water
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 3 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
- 1/8 Tsp. Salt
- Candy Thermometer
- Cooking Spray
- Lollipop Mold
- Lollipop Sticks
- Gold Pipe Cleaners (Optional)
- Gold Edible Confetti (Optional)
Mix the champagne, water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt together in a saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and stir occasionally until all of the sugar is dissolved. Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of your saucepan. Without stirring, allow the mixture to boil until it reaches 300°F.
(A candy thermometer is definitely a big factor with this recipe! I’ve had to re-make the recipe a few times previously because I wasn’t using the correct thermometor and my batch burned. It is SUPER easy to burn your sugar. The mixture will continue to heat after it’s removed from the stovetop, so to be safe, remove a few degrees prior to ensure you don’t have to remake it like I did).
Place a lollipop stick into the center of each pop and twist it around so that it’s fully covered in syrup.
Sprinkle some edible confetti onto the pops while dying, for a fun festive touch.
Allow the pops to cool completely before removing from the mold.
If you want to add a little bit of pizzazz to your champagne lollipops, wrap a gold tinsel pipe cleaner around the center of your lollipop sticks. It also creates a great way to hang your pops onto a glass of champane if you’re planning to serve these guys at a party.
The goal is to get your pops clear, but even I learned that this takes a lot of practice! It’s really easy to overcook your sugar, so don’t rush the process, but don’t wait until it’s too late either. It’s a skill that I definitely admire and one I am going to perfect in 2016!
Photography by Haley Nord Photography