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Last week was a doozie. I was still feeling a little off from the stomach bug I caught over the weekend but I had no choice but to drag ass into work on Monday. The department was two travel agents short and I was on call for our after hours emergency line. To top it all off, I was anticipating a gift from Mother Nature, which is a totally inappropriate topic of conversation to discuss on a food blog but anyone who knows me knows I'm not one to mince words when it comes to matters of TMI.
You can imagine the ball of fun I was last week.
BUT! This week is different. I'm no longer on after hours duty (at least until my turn comes around again next month), the DC area will be seeing its first balmy day of the year and I have a 3-day weekend chock full 'o nothing to look forward to. All signs are pointing to awesome.
Naturally, I've been celebrating with beer. Drinking it, giving it away and even turning it into candy. I found a recipe for beer lollipops on the Celebration Generation blog and I gotta say...it's pretty genius. The recipe lists hop cones or pellets as one of its ingredients. I didn't have any on hand so I omitted them. I also didn't have lollipop sticks so I made candy drops instead.
1/2 cup beer
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 light corn syrup
Lightly butter a baking sheet. Set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, combine all 3 ingredients. Over medium-high, bring the mixture to a boil then place a candy thermometer into the saucepan. Stir the mixture until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.
Remove the pan from heat and let it cool for a minute while you continue stirring.
Use a spoon to drop spoonfuls (as opposed to forkfuls) of the candy mixture onto your baking sheet. It starts to firm up pretty quickly as it cools so this is where you want to (carefully) pick up the pace. Try not to burn the crap out of yourself.
If you prefer freeform candy pieces or are prone burning the crap out of yourself, pour the entire mixture into the pan. Once the sheet is cool, you can break it like you would peanut brittle.
I want candy.
Some of the hoppiness cooked off in the process so I want to try adding the additional hops next time around. The malt is the dominant flavor and when combined with the caramelized sugar, it is delicious. I want to experiment with this candy using different types of beer. What do you think? A stout? Or maybe a rich, figgy dubbel? Yeah, definitely a dubbel.