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Dream Catcher Lollipops


I've had the idea for these Dream Catcher Lollipops since last December. That was when I started having a recurring dream about a giant praying mantis. In the dream I wear a fuzzy sweater and no matter how much I try to shoo the bug away, it clings to my sweater. I do not like this dream. After a few months of complaining, my husband said "you need a dream catcher".

I purchased one and hung it over my bed. I didn't expect it to work, which is a good thing because it didn't work, but it sure is pretty!  I especially like the ones I've been seeing recently on Etsy, where makers are using doilies in the centers instead of the usual webbing. They inspired these lollipops.


I made the candy doilies with a candy mold and a new-to-me product called Sugar Dress (another similar product is called Sugar Veil). This mixture creates thin edible lace and doilies. It feels near plastic when you remove it from the mold. I was so skeptical about having success with this product, but I did and it's really beautiful! How does it taste? It doesn't have much flavor apart from tasting sugary, which I think is probably for the best.

You'll need a few prepared Sugar Dress doilies for this project. Just follow the instructions for the sugar mixture on the package. You can find the molds I used here and a lace panel mold similar to the one I used here.


I used Isomalt for the lollipops (which is a sugar alcohol that many pastry chefs use) because it creates an almost crystal clear candy. You can find it here. If you let the hot candy stand for 5 minutes after boiling all the bubbles disappear. I used a hard candy mold but the pops wanted to stick in the cavities! After reading through some forums, it seems that a silicone lollipop mold is the best bet for use with Isomalt. I'll be purchasing one soon.


After inserting the sticks into the hot candy, I pressed lengths of ribbon and silver cord into it at the bottom edge near the lollipop stick.


When the candy hardens and you pop the lollies out of their molds, you'll find the ribbons are firmly attached. The doilies can be adhered directly on top of the lollipops with one or two dots of corn syrup on the back edges.

I strung some white beads from a candy necklace onto the silver cords. I think it gave the lollies a more authentic dream catcher appearance.


I used a feather paper punch (this exact one) and wafer paper to make lightweight feather decors. They can be attached to the ribbon with small dots of corn syrup. You don't have to use wafer paper since the ribbons aren't edible, but I really like how the wafer paper looks.


The fondant rings were made using a drinking glass and a small circle cutter. Score marks around the edges will make give the slightest indication of a wrapped edge, just like the genuine article.


You can place the circle on top of the lollipop (easy) or fit it around the edge as I did (a bit harder to manage, but pretty!). Either way you choose, you'll need corn syrup to attach the ring to the lollipop.

A single bead goes directly in the center of most dream catchers. I used a silver dragee. It's supposed to represent the spider that made the web (or in this case, the Granny who made the doily?).



These were so fun to make, and I think they look even prettier in person. The recipe reads a little like a shopping list because I use lots of specialty materials and tools. Even if you don't make these exact dream catcher pops, I hope it will inspire you to make your own version.


Dream Catcher Lollipops
Yields 5 lollipops

Note: 1 cup of Isomalt with 1/4 cup of water, boiled, makes about five 2.25 inch lollipops. Double the recipe for a batch of 10.

Sugar Dress kit
Silicone lace doily molds
3 yards of various grosgrain or satin ribbon
2 yards thin silver thread
Silicone lollipop mold
Lollipop sticks
1 cup Isomalt
1/4 cup water
Candy thermometer
25 candy necklace beads, the white ones
Feather paper punch (Fiskars)
1 sheet edible wafer paper
Light corn syrup
Small artists’ brush
1/4 lb. white ready-made fondant
5 silver dragees

Do ahead: Make one batch of Sugar Dress mixture and smooth them into the molds using an offset spatula. Bake as directed and leave to set overnight. The next day, remove the doilies from their silicone molds.

Cut the ribbon and silver thread into 6-7-inch lengths. Have the lollipop mold and sticks ready to hand.

Stir the Isomalt and water together in a saucepan. Cover and heat on medium-high until the mixture boils. Boil for 4 minutes. Uncover. Insert a candy thermometer into the mixture and cook without stirring until it reaches 320°F. Remove from heat and let the candy stand until bubbles subside.

Pour the mixture into the candy molds. Insert the lollipop sticks and give them 1/2 turn until covered with hot candy. Carefully insert the ends of the cut silver cord and ribbon into the bottom portion of the hot candy. Use an extra lollipop stick to push them into the candy. Let the candy harden at room temperature. Do not refrigerate (refrigeration adversely affects Isomalt).

Pop the hardened candy out of the molds. Use a small art brush to add tiny dots of corn syrup to the backs of the doilies and center them on each lollipop.

String a few candy beads onto one or two of the silver cords. Tie the thread around the last bead.

Use the paper punch to cut as many feathers as possible from the sheet of wafer paper. Apply dots of corn syrup to the front of the ribbons and press the feathers onto the ribbons.

Knead the ready-made fondant well. Roll it flat on a piece of parchment paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut five circles from the fondant the same size as your lollipops using a cookie cutter or drinking glass as I did. Cut the centers out using a smaller cutter, so that the finished piece is about 1/4 inch wide. Striate the piece with a knife so that it appears to have a wrapped edge. Attach the circle to the front of the lollipop using corn syrup, or apply corn syrup to the edges of the lollipop and stretch the circle slightly to fit around the edge of the lollipop (pictured).

Use a dot of corn syrup to apply a single silver dragee to the centers of each lollipop. Allow the pops to stand for at least one hour to dry. Package them in clear cellophane.


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10 comments :

  1. STUNNING! I was curious about sugar veil products. Now I'm curious to try! I've used isomalt on plastic molds before. Did you try spraying them down with nonstick spray?

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    1. Thanks, Giselle! I made two batches of the candy and with the first batch, I did not grease the molds. The pops were stubborn to remove. The second batch I lightly oiled with light cooking oil and a paper towel - with pretty much the same result! Perhaps I have a poor quality hard candy mold.

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  2. Extremely pretty! I really love the idea.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. These are SO pretty! I love how you used ribbon on the bottom of the lolly pops. Totally dreamy. These would be stunning for a wedding or baby shower!

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  4. I would never make these for the mere fact that I am clumsy and would crush them somehow. But WOW are these beautiful and show such creativity. Love it Heather, you are such a talent and inspiration.

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  5. These are beautiful and so creative! I think they'd be perfect for a baby shower.

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  6. The most beautiful lollipops ever! Stunning!
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