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Recipe: Homemade honey toffee lollipops

Here's a sweet treat to make at home, courtesy of the Western Wake Farmers' Market in Cary.

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Honey lollies
Western Wake Farmers' Market
Here's a sweet treat to make at home, courtesy of the Western Wake Farmers' Market in Cary.
Homemade Honey Toffee Lollipops
1/4 cup water
1 cup honey
1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or a couple of drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil)

1 teaspoon butter


Grease a large tray or chopping board and lay out lolly sticks (about 20) about 3 inches apart.

Heat water, vinegar and honey in a deep sided saucepan as the mixture will froth up when it boils. Allow it to boil gently, not a rolling boil or you will scorch the honey - until a firm ball forms when you drop some into cold water. To do this, just have a glass by the pan and drip a little in. You should be able to roll the ball between your thumb and forefinger.

Plunge the bottom of the pan into some cold water to stop the mixture from continuing to cook and add the butter and vanilla extract stirring until smooth.

Spoon one or two spoonfuls of the mixture over each stick, covering the top by about an inch. You want your lollies to be about 2 inches diameter.

These toffees go soft if you don't keep them cold and they must be in an airtight container or they will pick up the taste of the fridge or freezer.

The Western Wake Farmers' Market is open 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, on Morrisville Carpenter Road between Davis Drive and Highway 55 in Cary's Carpenter Village. Here's what the market has scheduled for October.

Oct. 6: Chili Cook-Off and Pepper Day. Join WWFM for its first-ever Chili Cook-Off! The day also will highlight the dozens of varieties of peppers available at WWFM.
Oct. 13: Live music frojm Kyle Scobie.
Oct. 20: Professional gardener Jason Blackley will teach market customers how to prepare their yard and garden for the fall and winter months. Music from Shelby and Linda Stephenson
Oct. 27: Kids, this market day is all about you. Come in your most creative Halloween costume and get lost in the Western Wake Farmers' Market Halloween Treasure Hunt. Susan Sink, The Tarheel Foodie, will offer a cooking demonstration and recipes featuring products in season at the market. Music from Kristen Scott.
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