It really amazes me how much people think ahead. Buying after Christmas candy on sale to save for a project for Valentines Day? Genius and super on the ball.
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Aren't those great?! Heart suckers made from the mini candy canes. Tori saw this idea and jumped on it, buying her candy canes in the after Christmas sales. She says, "I had been wanting to make these cute heart lollipops for valentines day for some time, so I found the mini candy canes right after Christmas and saved them. It turns out these things are harder to make."
Didn't know candy canes could melt did you...me neither. "I overcooked them, even though the instructions say 6-8 minutes (which is what I did), and they turned out hideous."
I've got a few ideas to help you out there Tori.
1. The instructions over at theidearoom.net (which is where the photo Tori sent us is from) says that if you want to use the oven method to "Place them in a heated 350 degree oven and watch them closely. After 3-5 minutes, they will be melty and bubbly." 6-8 minutes was probably a little too long at that high of a temperature. When I tested those hard candy suckers I "baked" the candies at 200 degrees for about 5 minutes and that was plenty to melt them at that low of a temperature. I would way reduce the heat in the oven, or way way way reduce the amount of time you leave the candies in. If you keep the temp up at 350, I'd sit and watch and as soon as they started to look sticky I'd pull them out.
2. Getting the candies this melted wasn't quite the point, but if it happens again one way you can dress up the appearance is by getting the stick in the candy more. While the candy canes are still hot and melted, you want to set the stick in place and then twist it to pull the candy up and over the stick. This will help it look a little more like a sucker and it will help to keep it all stuck on the stick better.