Valentine’s Day is known for one thing - CHOCOLATE. And lots of it. It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without it. When I was little and we lived in Chicago, on Valentine’s Day morning I’d wake up to a little present on my breakfast plate. It was usually a box of Fannie May candies, Vanilla Buttercreams - my absolute favorite. Usually accompanied by a Chocolate Lollipop as well. But, it was always chocolate. For my bother, a man who doesn’t like chocolate (how, I have no idea?!) he had a little bag of Fruity Gummies and a Caramel Lollipop. But, my mom always got us something that we loved from our favorite candy shop. And for me, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate candy. Because if I’m going to eat candy, it is definitely chocolate!
Valentine’s Day is just over a week away. Are you looking for something fun and easy to make? Don’t worry, I got you covered. This week I was feeling nostalgic for those Valentine’s Day mornings from my childhood, and those Chocolate Lollipops. But I realized lollipops are really fun and easy to make! All you need is lollipop sticks a lollipop mold, which you can find on Amazon. I prefer to use a silicone one because the lollipops come out so easily, I have linked the one I have here.
We don’t have Fannie May in Mammoth, and they’re not even on the West Coast. We have Sea’s Candy out here, but it really just isn’t the same for me. Plus, even though Fannie May is a thing of my childhood, they don't have anything organic. While, if I had the opportunity I would cheat and eat some but instead, I make all my own candy these days. So of course I wanted to make a Chocolate Lollipop. The Chocolate Lollipops from Fannie May were pretty plain, just milk or dark chocolate. And sometimes they were shaped like a heart or a bunny, depending on the holiday. I don’t have a fancy mold, so I thought to make these lollipops a little more festive I’d add some pink sprinkles. I also added unsweetened fine shredded coconut, because you all know I LOVE coconut. Plus it’s snowing a ton right now and while Valentine’s Day is in the middle of winter, these lollipops would be fun to make all winter long even if you omitted the sprinkles or used a different color. You can even wrap them in a little cellophane and tie with a ribbon to leave as a gift for someone you love.
Milk Chocolate Valentine’s Day Lollipops
5 ounces (1 cup) finely chopped organic milk chocolate
10 grams (2 tablespoons) organic unsweetened fine shredded coconut
India Tree’s Nature’s Colors Pink Sprinkles (find here)
Method Have lollipop mold ready with sticks.
In a double boiler, add 80% of the milk chocolate. Melt until it reaches 110°F on a chocolate thermometer. Remove from heat.
Add in remaining milk chocolate, stir to combine completely. Allow temperature to reach 89°F on a chocolate thermometer.
Pour chocolate into lollipop molds.
Sprinkle coconut and pink sprinkles on top.
Place in fridge to set, about 1 hour.
Remove from fridge and remove from molds.
Package or eat immediately. Store in a cool dry place.
High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.