Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sweetheart Pops

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These have got to be the most clever homemade pops! Quite a unique gift idea for classmates, teachers, Valentine’s Day treats, or party favors. And, you can find those mini candy canes for just pennies at the Dollar Store. Maybe even wrap each one in cellophane and tie it up with a ribbon and gift tag that says something like “Homemade with Love from The Smith Family”.
24 mini candy canes
12 6″ lollipop sticks
1 cup white candy coating
Heat oven to 300 degrees. On a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange the candy canes as hearts with the lollipop stick centered in between the two candy canes. Bake for 3 minutes. You want them to be malleable, but not melted.
Remove from oven & shape candy canes into hearts by pinching the the bottom of the heart into the stick and pinching the top ends together. I also pulled the edges out to make my hearts more round and full. They will be hot & you need to work fairly quickly. If the candy canes harden before you have them shaped, just stick them back in the oven for a couple of minutes. I re-heated mine a few times before I got the hang of shaping them the way I wanted them.
Melt candy coating in the microwave at 30 second intervals on medium power, stirring between heatings, until smooth.
Spoon the melted candy coating into the center of each heart, then top with sprinkles. Cool the pops before serving or wrapping.

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