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July 20 – National Lollipop Day

Lollipops

Don’t be a sucker (sorry, couldn’t resist!) – get your free lollypop at participating See’s Candy shops on 7/20.

Or, if you want to try your hand at being a confectioner, Sandra Lee has a recipe (below) for cherry lollipops on foodnetwork.com. While I haven’t tried this recipe myself (yet), I did read many positive comments on it. Also, you several readers suggested that you can substitute any flavor gelatin for variety. Gale Gand also has a recipe on foodnetwork.com, for psychedelic lollipops. Though perhaps a more challenging recipe, it’s a great chance to make edible art.

For a sweet trip down memory lane, click here to watch the retro commercial “How Many Licks Does It Take to Reach the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?” To go back a few more decades, click here and sing along with Shirley Temple’s classic “Good Ship Lollipop”.

via Cherry Lollipops Recipe : Sandra Lee : Recipes : Food Network….

CHERRY LOLLIPOPS

Ingredients

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup butter

1 (3-ounce) box cherry gelatin dessert mix

Nonstick cooking spray

Special Equipment:

20 (4-inch) lollipop sticks

Metal tablespoon-size measuring spoon

Candy thermometer

Directions

Butter 2 large baking sheets. Arrange 10 lollipop sticks on each baking sheet, spacing them evenly apart. Stir sugar, corn syrup, and butter in small saucepan over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue cooking for 7 minutes, or until candy thermometer registers 275 degrees F. Stir in gelatin until smooth. Using a metal tablespoon and working quickly, spoon syrup over 1 end of each lollipop stick. Cool completely. Wrap each lollipop in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

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June 14 – Flag Day

Flag of the United States of America

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Birthday to our Stars and Stripes!

You can click here to learn all sorts of interesting facts about our nation’s flag from the Federal Citizen Information Center. The birth of our flag is described on the site:

The Stars and Stripes originated as a result of a resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777. The resolution read: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” (from “The History of the Stars and Stripes”)

Also included are guidelines to proper flag etiquette (definitely NOT for use as a table cloth, as HGTV mistakenly advised before correcting themselves).

Food Network has several patriotic-themed recipes to help celebrate the day (including a red, white and blue daquiri!).

Most importantly, let’s remember all those brave soldiers who have defended our flag in the past and those who do so now. There are many organizations that need help to spread the cheer to these heroes – you can do so in just a few minutes by simply writing a letter. Operation Gratitude is one of those organizations, offering several options for you to get involved.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Meringues Recipe by Gale Gand

Mint Meringue Kisses by Gale Gand

Mint Chocolate Chip Meringues Recipe : Gale Gand : Recipes : Food Network.

Photo and recipe from FoodNetwork.com

Chef Gand’s demo was for Peppermint Meringue Kisses, which eliminated the unsweetened cocoa and melted chocolate and substituted peppermint extract for the mint extract (and a few other alterations). Still, I think this recipe would work just as well and would make great gifts.

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