Hi everyone! I realise that, four days before Christmas, it may be a little late for a DIY Christmas present idea. However, for all you last minute present-getters- I’ve got your back! I would like to just say though, to any of my family and friends reading this, I did actually have all your presents when I made these, these are just a little extra to add a homemade touch. I know I’m all for procrastination, but when it comes to present-buying I’m surprisingly organised! The idea for this post came from a Youtube video, which I’ve linked here. The video suggests that these are ‘Christmas Treats’, so could be great for small get-togethers with family and friends if you want some sweets that are a bit fancy, but don’t take as much time as making a complicated pudding. I apologise for the lateness of this post, in Christmas terms, but I was away this weekend and things were a bit hectic beforehand! But hey, these could be made as a treat after Christmas, possibly for New Year, too.
Candy Cane Heart Lollies:
Preparation Time: 10-15 mins
Fridge Time: 1 hour or so
(makes 6 Lollies)
12 Candy Canes
200g White Chocolate
6 Lolly sticks/ Cake Pop Sticks
A baking tray, with a sheet of greaseproof paper on top.
1. Using the hooked ends of 2 candy canes, form a heart shape (the other ends will overlap at the bottom of the heart). Mark on the straight end of the candy canes where you will have to cut the ends so that they will join, with a stick in the middle. Wow, that’s difficult to explain- if you don’t know what I mean I’m very sorry! Look at the pictures and hopefully it’ll make sense!
2. Using a small but sharp knife, cut the straight ends of the candy canes to the desired length. This is a delicate process as the candy canes snap easily, so try to kind of saw them instead of trying to make a crack, then snapping from there.
3. Place the lolly stick so that the straight ends of the lolly sticks join at either side of the stick, and so that the end of the lolly stick is roughly in the middle of the heart.
4. Melt 100g of the chocolate in the microwave. Get your sprinkles ready while the chocolate melts.
5. Fill in the hearts with the melted chocolate. You can fill 2-3 lollies with 100g, so only do 2-3, as the chocolate sets fairly quickly. Make sure that the chocolate has fully reached the sides (the candy canes), and that any gaps where the candy canes join is sealed with chocolate. Add sprinkles to the middle.
6. Repeat the process with the remaining chocolate and candy cane hearts.
7. Once all the hearts have been filled and sprinkled, place in the fridge to set. These probably take about an hour, but I just left mine in overnight.
8. Wrap in cellophane to present them nicely, or just lay out on plates as a snack!
(this is a pretty easy recipe so there’s not really any Handy Hints for this- enjoy!)