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I absolutely love to spend time with my daughter. Hannah, my four year old and I are always dreaming up fun ideas to make. I work outside of the home and so as soon as I walk in the door Hannah is giving me ideas of what we can bake in the kitchen. She even is figuring out that before we eat them, we’ve got to take pictures to share on the blog! Today was no different, she saw a lady making a cake with flowers on it and she wanted to make flowers! I was in the mood for a quick snack that wasn’t to many calories (or at least a controlled portion) so I thought on my feet. Let’s do something MINI today.
Mini anything allows you to control the portion and yourself. It cuts down on the amount you eat BUT it satisfies the craving right. I tell my wife all the time, I just need a bite LOL. I grabbed some Dr. Pepper TEN, which has only ten calories in a serving (with all the taste of Dr. Pepper I might add) and a simple brownie mix I picked up at Kroger. I’m a busy dad and while I’d love to make everything from scratch all the time, it’s just not possible! If you have ever heard of ‘soda cakes’ this is the same principle. I just grabbed the brownie mix, added half a can of Dr. Pepper TEN and one egg. I grabbed the mini cupcake pan and baked them for 15 minutes on 350.
Now of course Hannah was helping the entire time. She insisted on overfilling the brownie cupcakes so they overflowed a bit. I don’t mind, they taste the same right! Now for the really fun part: making Dr. Pepper TEN sugar glass candy flowers (and lollipops). This requires four ingredients: Dr. Pepper 10, sugar, cream of tartar and corn syrup. The process is simple and while little ones can watch, they shouldn’t be around the hot stove as the mixture is heating.
Add all the ingredients together and slowly heat to 300 F. This takes about 20 minutes. While this is happening, lie out some parchment paper and spray it with non-stick spray. You’ll need to be stirring the mixing every 30 seconds, so it’s a little labor intensive. Once it reaches 300 F the fun begins. Now I stress, the mixture is HOT, but it cools rapidly so you’ll need to be ready. Slowly, using a spoon, add the heated mixture to the parchment paper in good size circles. The mixture will start cooling dramatically once it hits the parchment paper. Hannah was hovering the entire time, and I’m stressing WAIT, DON’T TOUCH! About 2 minutes into the process, the first circles have cooled enough to handle. Now don’t wait to long, because it will get to hard. The little once should be able to handle it, but as a parent, make sure it’s not to hot for them. I grabbed a few and just fold the edges up to make flowers. Once formed, then will continue to harden. I actually ran out of parchment paper, so I didn’t want to waste the remaining mixture, formed lollipops.
The entire process takes about 45 minutes and you’ve got fun easy snacks that are MINI. Eat one and that’s all you need. Dr. Pepper TEN allows me to reduce the calories but still have the delicious taste and while the sugar glass is calorie heavy, they are little mini creations, controlled portions!
I hope you enjoy this fun recipe, the Dr. Pepper TEN really shined on this recipe, the flavor notes really made me smile and Hannah and I enjoyed every bite. Mini is the way to go. Let’s indulge, just not too much!
- 1 cup of Dr. Pepper TEN
- 1 cup of light corn syrup
- 3 cups of sugar
- ½ tsp of cream of tartar
- Add all ingredients to a pot and place on medium to medium high heat.
- Heat slowly and stir continuously.
- Using a candy thermometer, heat the mixture up to 300 F. Immediately remove from heat when the mixture reaches 300 F.
- Lay out parchment paper and apply non-stick spray generously
- The glass candy will harden quickly, especially when it's added to the parchment paper.
- Use a metal lattle and add mixture to parchment paper in a simple pool or circle. Do this quickly as mixture will cool.
- Once mixture has cooled enough to handle (1-2 minutes), fold corners together to form a flower or have candy sticks available to form into lollipops.
- Candy will completely harden in about 5-10 minutes so work quickly.