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« on: November 19, 2003 07:10:47 PM »

So I picked a patch of pansies on Sunday. Following a recipe for violet syrup, I washed the flowers, put them in a little mason jar, poured boiling water over them and let 'em steep for 24 hours. Monday, the liquid was a slightly disturbing dark-Windex blue (the pansies were a purplish variety - "Dynamite Wine Flash"). I put it in a pan.

Also in the pan were two cups of sugar, one cup of light corn syrup, and a dash of artificial vanilla. Stirred until the sugar dissolved, and then let it alone until my trusty candy thermometer registered near the "hard crack" stage (300 F). At this point, a spoonful of bubbly sugar-liquid dropped in cold water will make hard, brittle threads, like the one on my candy thermometer:

I had to lick it clean when I was done.  Tongue

Last step was to pour off the mixture into a pie pan (liberally sprayed with Pam beforehand, natch), leave it in the fridge to cool and harden, and smash it into pieces with the butt of a knife.

Pansies have a rather subtle, delicate flavor, so the finished product tastes mostly of corn syrup. I've bought another couple flats of plants, though, so next time I might be able to make a more concentrated solution.

Also next time... I want molds, and individually wrapped pieces! I think it'd be way cool to have a pansy (or viola, to keep it bite-sized) embedded in translucent hard candy - good as little Christmas package-toppers. Has anyone ever made hard candy in molds before? And what kind of paper can I use to wrap the candies?

« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2003 10:24:43 PM »

OOOOH! I am intrigued by this...I love the idea of embedding a flower into the candy!! Tres chic! Unfortunately I don't know about the mold issue, but you could wrap them in coloured or clear cellophane. Keep us posted on your findings...
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2003 11:44:35 PM »

I would just want to add to make sure your flowers are grown organically.

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2003 03:33:49 PM »

would an ice cube tray work?

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2004 11:27:16 AM »

This seems like such an awesome idea for anything with a "victorian christmas" theme.

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