aelfsciene had asked for my candymaking assistance for her lollipop prop for her costume for CostumeCon the end of this month. Since making it fake but looking enough like a real lollipop was going to be plastic or polymer clay, I suggested real sugar since it’s cheaper supplies AND would be authentic and even edible. We finally coordinated our schedules so last night was candymaking night. I was prepared for at least 2 attempts, but she was satisfied with our first one, so fabulous!
Star Trek Classic Chevron Lollipop
I had made one foil mold before she arrived, using the 12″ wooden dowels I had found for the scale, and the fastest Trek logo I could get my hands on was the Classic DVD set 10 ft away by the TV. I started with a double layer of heavy-duty wide foil, “sketched” the basic shape with my fingernail, then when I got it right, I creased the foil with my fingernail to give a good folding line, bringing the extra foil up around the edges. The corner points were fine, since I just folded one edge over the other for a good seal, but the inner corner at the bottom required cutting into the corner, so I added scrap foil to be sure I had what I hope was going to prevent leakage. This is the step that would need to be more refined for future lollipops.
When aelfsciene arrived & approved the size & shape, I made another foil mold so we’d have a backup, then while she was constantly stirring the candy in the saucepan to keep it from burning (wearing her octopus apron she brought with her – awesome!), I sprayed the molds thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray, then set them on a foil-covered baking sheet. I had used the same candy recipe for the gingerbread Hogwarts castle windows, so I knew we did not want that candy gluing itself to any surface! For those interested, the recipe we used is just 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/6th cup light corn syrup & 1/6th cup water, heated to 310F over medium heat. After the candy reached 310F (hard crack), we added about 5 drops of yellow gel food coloring, then carefully poured into the foil mold. My counter must not be level, so we supported the baking sheet from underneath, evened out the candy in the mold, then let it set before inserting the wooden dowel, which we propped up at the outer edge with another dowel to keep it level inside the candy. I had thought we could wait until the candy was almost set, unpeel just one little part of the foil edge to set the stick in, but since the candy was still too warm, we poked it through the foil side, which ended up getting a little piece of foil embedded inside the candy. I wanted to try again but she who commissioned this project was fine, so I let it go…but not without much picking at the foil edges to get as much out as possible! 😉
After finishing burning the entire year of Wizard Rock of the Month Club for her, the candy was cool enough to unpeel the foil mold, which is when we discovered the embedded foil. At least it was near the stick, so it’s only noticeable if you really look, and the point of this lollipop is to be seen by the audience from on stage, so it’ll be fine. I had thought of using chocolate to pipe on the star logo & border, but I thought black food coloring might be easier & look better as long as it didn’t just bead up & roll off. We should have thought ahead & plopped some extra candy drips on the foil to be tests, but we did have a few blobs that escaped the foil mold that we had to pick off, so using those it seemed the black liquid food coloring would stay on just fine. Hooray! I cut a stencil so she could do the painting, then we decided to paint just the border first, then see if the actual edge really needed to be painted or not. Luckily any painting mistakes could be scraped off with a damp paper towel since it didn’t soak into the candy itself. After passing the painted lollipop back & forth in the kitchen so we could each get a good look in good light at a distance, we agreed the border was fine without painting the edge. Since the food coloring was still moist, I made a foil tent on a leftover plastic tray so she could get it home safely and it could dry completely, safe from dust or other unwanted visitors.
Voila! For only a couple bucks in supplies, a custom Star Trek Classic Chevron Lollipop! 🙂
P.S. So, is this geekier than owning a bat’leth or knowing when the glottal stop markings are missing from Anglicized Klingon? (Qapla’ is also missing its marking in the comic!) I know I’m a Trekkie and claim it proudly. In my opinion, the ones who insist on being called Trekkers are the ones who take themselves too seriously. 😉