I’m a total sucker for roses. While I prefer the look of other flowers, I LOVE the scent of roses. It’s the base of my favorite perfumes and it’s the reason I grew to love things flavored with rosewater. It tastes so light and elegant, and the smell is my favorite! I decided to play around with rose flavoring after I made a rose simple syrup for mixing with cocktails, and I ended up making a beautiful batch of rose lollipops complete with sprinkles of rose petals and gold luster dust.
I knew lollipops could be beautiful, but I didn’t expect it to be so easy to make them look pretty. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! These would be perfect for elegant parties or weddings (I think I just planned my future wedding favors?) and you can easily package lollipops individually to give out. Simply place small plastic bags over the candy and tie with a bow.
I promise lollipops aren’t as simple as they seem if you have the right tools – make sure you invest in a candy thermometer and a lollipop mold. Neither are very expensive (I’ve linked to the exact items I used). If desired, you can substitute store bought rose syrup or rosewater rather than make your own, but I did include recipes to make them yourself if you want to save a little money. They may be difficult to find in your average grocery store, but you can purchase both on Amazon. Like I mentioned, rose syrup is just a simple syrup, so it’s great to have on hand for cocktails and other drinks!
Now, let’s make some lollipops!
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp rosewater
- 1 tsp rose syrup
- Culinary grade rose petals
- Lightly spray a lollipop mold with cooking spray and lay lollipop sticks in the mold
- In a small saucepan on the stove, heat the water, corn syrup and sugar
- Attach a candy thermometer and heat until it reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage)
- Remove from heat and stir in rosewater and rose syrup (it may crackle due to the temperature difference, so be careful)
- Pour into a measuring cup with a pour spout
- Carefully pour the candy into the prepared lollipop molds
- Sprinkle with additional rose petals if desired, pressing into the candy lightly with an extra stick
- Lightly tap the mold on the countertop to release air bubbles
- Set aside to cool and harden completely before removing from the mold (about 20 minutes)
- If you want a deeper color, add 1 drop of pink gel food coloring