How about something different for the dessert menu other than chocolate pie? Like these Lifesaver Flower Pops! Inspired by DIY Jolly Rancher lollipops found on Pinterest (of course), we decided to mix things up and go with Lifesavers. I wish I could say this project is a cinch, but there is a little bit of a learning curve. Different colors of the candies will have various melting times, so buy extra so you can play around and experiment.
You can use these as cupcake toppers, or put them in jars or a flower pot! Wrap each one in cellophane with a name tag for seating nameplates.
NOTE: This project is not for kids, unless there is adult supervision.
A bag of hard candies. I used Lifesavers because it came with all the colors I wanted but any hard candy will do. Note: different hard candies will have various melting times
Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F (or 162 degrees C). Cover your baking pan with wax paper, then set out the candies in the desired pattern.
Next place the entire sheet into the hot oven for 5 minutes.
Remove the sheet from the oven and allowed the candies to cool for about one minute.
At this point the candies shouldn’t be fully melted, they should be just soft enough for you to press the lollypop stick into the candy. Then using your finger (be careful because the candies may still be very hot) gingerly press the candy and “encourage” it into the shape you want. Then place the sheet back into the oven and continue melting for 5-6 minutes.
Keep an eye on your flowers because you don’t want it to burn.
As it starts to really melt you will begin to see your flowers become this really pretty, organic flow of candy.
I LOVE the look of these SUPER melted. I think it looks like a watercolor painting or blown glass!
But if you prefer a more uniform look, remove the candy from the oven before it is completely melted. This will result in a very playful, pop art style flower.
Once it’s melted to the desired shape, remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
Peel away the wax paper backing and enjoy!
Give these lollipops as a sweet Thanksgiving treat, or stick the lollipops into a cake for a festive touch! You can even make them for any other holiday, just switch out the colors! Any way you choose to enjoy them is sure to please all!