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Coffee Stirrer Sticks

 Coffee Stirrer Sticks
As a holiday novelty, it's hard to lick this lollipop for grown-ups! It doubles as a coffee stirrer, and it makes a special party favor or stocking stuffer.
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 12 wooden lollipop or craft sticks
  • Plastic wrap
  • Red and green ribbons

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, coffee, corn syrup,
  • cocoa and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is
  • dissolved, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat, without
  • stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 290° (soft-crack
  • stage), about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Immediately stir in vanilla, then pour into a greased 2-cup
  • heat-proof glass measuring cup. Working quickly, pour tablespoonfuls
  • into circles on a greased baking sheet and lay a stick in each
  • circle. Allow to cool until hardened. When cooled, wrap with plastic
  • wrap and tie with ribbon. Store in an airtight container. Yield:
  • about 1 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 70 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.