Spring Celebration Lemon Drop Lollipop
These easy-to-make spring lollipops are a great family project for a spring celebration. Add a discussion of spring celebrations with roots in ancient traditions, and your family is likely to discover a new way to celebrate spring.
For thousands of years people have celebrated spring as a time of new beginnings when the land becomes alive again. Here are three ancient spring celebrations that continue as big celebrations in the world today.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is an ancient Chinese celebration ending winter and beginning spring. Modern China calls this celebration Spring Festival. The new year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Families clean their homes to “sweep away” bad luck, decorate with bowls of fresh fruit and flowers for good health, and hang red banners with good luck symbols. Family members get haircuts and wear new clothes to symbolize a new beginning. Children receive gifts of money in red envelopes. Celebrations continue for 15 days and on the last night everyone attends a parade where a long silk-and-paper dragon weaves its way down the street with a dance to celebrate the beginning of spring.
Nowruz is an ancient Persian celebration of the spring equinox. Modern day Iranians welcome spring with traditions similar to the ancients. To prepare for the celebration, families rid their homes of unnecessary clutter, plant wheat in a flat dish to represent a new beginning, and set out fruit and spices for health, love, and beauty. During the celebration families eat meals together, exchange gifts, and do good deeds.
Holi is an ancient Indian spring festival celebrated to begin the growing season. On the night of the full moon in March, villagers light bonfires symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and bury ashes to grow better crops. The heat from the fire is a sign of the coming hot summer. The next morning, colorful celebrations begin. Today we know this as the Festival of Colors. Everyone tosses multi-colored powders with glitter, then sprays each other with squirt toys. Singing and dancing in soaking-wet rainbow colored clothing welcomes spring!
Lemon Drop Lollipop
Safety First! Hard candy making involves high temperatures. Use caution at all times when cooking and handling the hot sugar. Have a bowl of ice water on hand just in case of accidental exposure. Children can help prep the molds, measure ingredients and package the candy, but should not do the cooking or pouring of the sugar syrup.
Daisy & Tulip Lollipop Molds (Sweet Creations)
Green 4″ Lollipop Sticks
Granite Slab (or Cookie Sheet turned upside down)
1 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon flavoring (cherry / lemonade)
round lemon drops
Place metal clip over tabs of mold and insert lollipop stick between tabs, as shown. Place molds on granite slab. Or, turn a cookie sheet upside down (allows airflow for cooling) and cover with tinfoil sheet. Spray flat surface and molds with cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook on medium heat without stirring. When syrup reaches 260°F add 3 drops red food coloring. Do not stir (boiling action will incorporate color). Remove from heat at 300°F. Add cherry flavoring and stir until blended. Pour into molds. Allow candy to cool until set. Remove clip from mold then remove mold from lollipop. Set lollipop on different flat surface to complete cooling.
Lemon Drop Lollipops
Place 1 lemon drop in center of prepared mold. Follow directions for cherry tulips, except use 1 drop red food coloring and lemonade flavoring. Pour candy into molds carefully, first around lemon drop then on top of lemon drop. Lemon drop will melt in place and nicely fuse with cooked candy.
Tips & Tricks for Making Lollipops
Place the stick about 1/4″ up into the flower mold. Center the stick top-to-bottom between mold tabs by squeezing mold clip to tightly secure stick parallel to flat surface.
Use a heavy gauge aluminum pan and cook over medium high heat. Syrup will cook more quickly with less yellowing. Less yellowing yields pinker flowers.
For a more translucent lemon drop lollipop, rinse the powder off the lemon drop before placing it in the mold.
Pouring into these metal molds doesn’t require perfection! The mold holds its shape well against the flat surface, so candy won’t seep out beneath. And, a slight over-pouring drips down the side, then pops-off with the mold.
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