How to Make Pansy Pops

pansylollipops

By Miche Bacher, owner of Mali B Sweets and author, Cooking with Flowers

Every time we make these at Mali B, they elicit oohs and ahhs from our clients and customers. I like to make them free-form (without a candy mold), but you can use hard-candy molds if you prefer perfectly formed pops. This is one of those recipes where you have to decide whether to use organic sugar. We do, but it gives our pops a less-than-clear look. So if it’s clarity you want, go for refined sugar. A silicone baking mat (such as Silpat) is a necessity if you don’t use hard candy molds.

What You Need:
Lollipop sticks
12 to 18 (about 1 cup) viola flowers
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup water

1. If you’re using a mold, coat it with nonstick spray and insert pop sticks in the cavities. If you’re making free form pops, line a baking sheet or a piece of marble with a silicone baking mat. Place lollipop sticks about 3 inches apart. Put 1 viola flower in each mold or at the base of each lollipop stick on the baking mat.

2. Place a large metal bowl full of ice cubes next to the cooking surface. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Then let it come to a boil and insert a candy thermometer. Boil syrup mixture without stirring until the temperature reaches 305 degrees. Remove from heat and immediately place the saucepan on top of the ice to stop the cooking.

3. Carefully pour hot syrup into candy molds or drizzle it over flowers. Let pops cool completely, about 20 minutes, before moving. Makes 10 lollipops.

Pansy petal pops are best stored standing up. Use a piece of styrofoam or poke holes
in the lid of a plastic food container to keep pops upright and separated. Keep away
from humidity.

COMMENTS

  1. Jerome

    yo guys what is up its Jerome the cook with a snap-back chef hat. I like making Hippo Soup.

    May 28, 2014 at 10:36 am
  2. Daisy

    Your best bet for Pansy blossoms check with a garden centre as would have them versus a florist…purchase a small flat…pick the blossoms and plant the roots.

    April 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm
  3. Patricia Niemas

    I’m having trouble locating pansy blossoms to use in pops. Any suggestions for a good, reasonable source (I need to make about 200)?

    March 18, 2014 at 11:16 am
    • Kimberly Holland

      Hi Patricia, Talk with a local garden shop. That is where we found ours. If they don’t have any currently, they might be able to point you in the right direction. Hope that helps!

      March 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm
  4. Ethan

    I’d always heard of pansy pops but never knew what they actually were! I clicked on the image because it was so beautiful but now have to give them a try! Thank you Miche!

    March 17, 2014 at 5:06 am
  5. nourished roots

    Wow! These are so beautiful! I could see a whole centerpiece of them on a table! Amazing!

    March 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

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