In a world where soda has become the go-to beverage, there’s something special about a root beer float. This classic treat combines vanilla ice cream with the sweet and slightly spicy flavor of a cold root beer. What could be better? Well, what if you could have that same delicious flavor in the form of a lollipop? That’s what we’re offering with this recipe for Root Beer Lollypops.
These lollipops are the perfect way to enjoy the taste of a root beer float without any of the mess. They’re also a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth any time you want a treat. And, since they’re individually wrapped, they make a great addition to any candy dish or gift basket.
But, don’t be fooled by their appearance – these are no ordinary lollipops. The recipe is carefully crafted to ensure that the flavor of the root beer shines through in every bite. And, with some simple substitutions and variations, you can customize this recipe to suit your tastes and preferences.
So, whether you’re a fan of old-fashioned soda fountains or just looking for a new candy recipe to try out, these Root Beer Lollypops are sure to please.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Do you crave the fizzy, sweet taste of root beer? If so, you’re in for a treat! This Root Beer Lollypops recipe is sure to be your new favorite candy. Not only are these lollies easy to make, but they also capture the authentic and cold taste of slippery rootbeer.
There’s something about the classic drink that hits all the right notes, and this recipe delights in bringing that iconic flavor to your taste buds. Whether you’re in the mood for something tangy or sweet, these lollies give you everything you want from a hard candy lollipop.
Not convinced yet? Think about how excited kids get when they unwrap a shiny dum dum. Imagine having homemade lollipops with irresistible root beer flavor at hand for when they need a little pick-me-up. And if you’re an adult who loves an occasional mixed drink, try pairing these with an old-fashioned or a caramel apple soda for a true soda shop experience.
So why not brighten your day with our delightful Root Beer Lollypops? Perfect for yourself as a little afternoon delight during a stressful day or for sharing among family and friends as part of an enjoyable party or event. Get ready to bring back the nostalgic memories of enjoying root beer barrels while also relishing in the unique and indulgent flavor of a Root Beer Float.
Before starting with the root beer lollypop recipe, it is important to have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Below is the complete list of ingredients required for this sweet treat:
- 3 cups of water
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon of root beer concentrate
- 1 vanilla bean, split in half [Note: substitute with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract if needed]
- Lollipop sticks [Note: can be found at most craft or baking supply stores]
- Cooking spray
All these ingredients can be found easily at any local grocery store or online. These measurements will make approximately 24 lollipops, but can be adjusted accordingly based on the desired yield. Double-check to ensure that all ingredients are measured accurately and ready to use before beginning with the recipe.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, let’s start making some Root Beer Lollypops!
Step 1: Making the Syrup
We will begin by combining corn syrup, sugar, and water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly until all ingredients are fully dissolved.
Once our mixture has come to a boil, we can add in our root beer concentrate and vanilla bean. This is where our slippery rootbeer lollipops come into play!
Step 2: Reaching Desired Temperature
Using a candy thermometer, monitor the temperature of the mixture until it reaches 300°F.
Removing the saucepan from heat, add food coloring if desired, and stir quickly before pouring it onto silicone molds. Be sure to work swiftly since the mixture can harden quickly once it’s off the stove.
Step 3: Shaping and Hardening
Place your molds in the fridge and let them cool for 20-30 minutes before removing your lollipops from the molds.
If you don’t have silicone molds or prefer to create individually wrapped lollipops, pour the hot mixture on a greased baking sheet lined with cornstarch. Insert lollipop sticks, and let them harden for about an hour.
Step 4: Storing and Serving
You can now store your freshly made Root Beer Lollypops in an airtight container until serving time. As for serving suggestions, why not offer them as a fun addition to any mixed drink or old-fashioned root beer float?
Now that you’ve learned how to make this delicious recipe, feel free to experiment with different soda flavors – like Cream Soda – to make this delightful hard candy lollipop recipe even more exciting!
Substitutions and Variations
Looking for a little variety or curious about trying out some ingredients of your choice? Here are some substitutions and variations that are worth exploring to make this root beer lollipop recipe even more exciting.
Firstly, if you prefer a different soda flavor, you can easily substitute the root beer concentrate with any other soda concentrate of your choice. Cream soda, for instance, would make an excellent substitute for the root beer concentrate. You can also try experimenting with different combinations of soda concentrates to create unique flavors.
Further, if you want to go au naturale and avoid using corn syrup in the recipe, try substituting it with honey or maple syrup. As both honey and maple syrup are thicker than corn syrup, you may need to adjust the amount of water used accordingly.
For those who like their lollipops extra sweet, there is an option to add caramelized sugar towards the end of cooking instead of using plain sugar. This will give your lollipops an added layer of complexity.
Lastly, for chocolate lovers, consider adding some chocolate chips or candy melts towards the end of cooking. The chocolates will melt as the candy mixture heats up which adds a rich chocolate flavor to your root beer lollipop.
No matter how you choose to customize this recipe, remember that experimentation is key in creating a truly delightful and personalized experience. So go ahead and try something new!
Serving and Pairing
Once your root beer lollipops have hardened and cooled, they’re ready to be served and enjoyed! Individually wrapped in clear plastic, these treats make for a perfect pick-me-up on-the-go. Ideal for picnics, lunch boxes or as party favors, you can indulge in these nostalgic sweets any time of day.
When it comes to pairing these lollipops with beverages, there’s no contest. A classic root beer float is the best bet for an indulgent dose of the favorite soft drink flavor. The lollypops themselves can also serve as a charming alternative to beer barrels in creative mixed drinks or Old-Fashioned cocktails. Experiment with different flavors of soda and spirits to give a unique twist to the recipe.
For dessert pairing, it’s best to stick to tried and true flavors like caramel apple or cream soda. As something that’s sure to delight both kids and adults alike, you could serve them up on top of your favorite float cupcakes for something truly special.
Whether enjoyed alone or amidst good company, these hard candy lollipops are an ode to oh-nostalgia and the joy of childhood. So sit back with your root beer float in hand, relax and enjoy!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Are you planning to make these root beer lollipops in advance for a special occasion or event? Don’t worry, you can easily make them ahead of time and store them for later use.
Once your lollipops have cooled completely, wrap them individually in cellophane or cling wrap to prevent sticking. You can also store them in an airtight container with layers of parchment paper in between to avoid breakage or scratches.
Root beer lollipops can last for several weeks when stored properly at room temperature in a dry and cool place away from sunlight, moisture, or heat. Avoid placing them in the fridge as the moisture can make them sticky and ruin their texture.
If you need to reheat the lollipops, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 180°C. Once the oven is heated, turn it off and place the baking sheet inside for 2-3 minutes until the lollipops become slightly soft. Be careful not to overheat or burn them; keep an eye on them at all times.
You can also customize your root beer lollipops by adding different types of toppings such as crushed candy, sprinkles, chocolate chips, or edible glitter. These homemade treats make great party favors, gifts, or snacks for movie nights, picnics, BBQs, or any social gathering.
So go ahead and try this recipe out! With proper storage and reheating techniques, you’ll be enjoying these delicious root beer lollipops for weeks to come.
Tips for Perfect Results
To ensure your root beer lollipops turn out perfectly, there are a few tips that I have picked up along the way.
First, it is essential to use an accurate candy thermometer when heating the mixture. Candy making is a precise science, and even a few degrees difference in temperature can affect the final product.
Another helpful tip is to use corn syrup in addition to sugar. While it may seem counterintuitive, the corn syrup will prevent crystallization and result in a smoother texture. Additionally, be sure to use light corn syrup as opposed to dark, which can give a bitter taste to the candy.
When adding the root beer flavoring, remember that a little goes a long way. It may be tempting to add more for a stronger taste, but too much can result in an unpleasant flavor.
If you want to get creative with your lollipops, try mixing in other soda flavors such as cream soda or even cola. Just be sure to adjust the amount of sugar and corn syrup accordingly.
Finally, when it comes time to form the lollipops on your prepared surface, work quickly and efficiently as the candy mixture will begin to harden fast. And don’t forget to have fun with it! Making homemade lollipops is a unique and rewarding experience that you can enjoy with friends and family.
In conclusion, making root beer lollipops is an easy and fun process that can result in delicious treats that can be enjoyed by everyone. With the right ingredients and careful attention to detail, you can create a variety of different flavors that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
By using high-quality ingredients such as dads root beer concentrate and Oh Nuts chocolate chips, you can elevate your homemade lollipops to a level of sophistication that is unmatched by store-bought options. Additionally, by utilizing variations such as cream soda or beer float lollipops, you can expand your repertoire and impress your guests with your creativity.
Furthermore, as homemade candy becomes increasingly popular, making your own root beer lollipops is a great way to participate in this trend while also knowing exactly what goes into the candy you are consuming. By using natural ingredients such as sugar and corn syrup instead of artificial flavors and colors found in mass-produced candies like Dum Dums, you can be sure that what you are putting into your body is safe and high-quality.
Overall, making root beer lollipops is a fun and rewarding activity that can provide you with delicious treats that are perfect for sharing with friends and family. So why not try out this recipe today and explore the possibilities of homemade candy? From classic root beer barrels to slippery root beer vanilla bean lollipops, there’s something for everyone with this amazing recipe!
Root Beer Lollypops Recipe
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons corn syrup
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon root beer concentrate
- Grease 8 metal lollipop molds.
- Combine corn syrup water and sugar in small sauce pan over low heat, stirring just till the sugar dissolves.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce back to low heat.
- Continue to cook until it reaches 300°F on candy thermometer (it will take 15 minutes total).
- If crystals form around edge of pan, brush them back with moistened pastry brush.
- Remove from heat add root beer.
- Fill each mold with 1 tablespoon mixture.
- Insert a stick into center inserting it 1/4 inch and smoothing over; let cool and then unmold.
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