The scorpion is one of the most feared creatures on earth. Indeed, many of them are poisonous and the sting from their barbed tales can be fatal. All scorpions possess venom to kill or paralyze there prey. However, what most people dont know, is that some scorpions are edible and considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world. They are also a good source of protein & fiber.
I tasted one of the scorpions before transforming them into these delicious lollipops. They taste nutty and earthy, with a slight resemblance to dried shrimp.
Armor Tail Scorpion Lollipops:
Lollipop recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Invisible Pops
armor tail scorpions- thailandunique.com
2/3 cup light corn syrup
3/8 cup Tequila
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
ice bath- large bowl with ice and water
silpat lined baking sheet
Prep and measure out all of the ingredients, including the ice water bath. Keep a bowl with water and the silicone brush next to the stove to wipe down any sugar crystals that form.
Add the sugar, corn syrup & water to a sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir the mixture only until the sugar dissolves. Wipe down the sides of the pan with the silicone brush as necessary. The sugar mixture will go through different stages. You need it to reach the hard-crack stage between 300 & 310 degrees. Use your candy thermometer to test the temperature. Once it reaches the hard-crack stage, remove the pan and immediately place it in an ice bath. Add the tequila or desired flavorings & colorings at this time.
Let the mixture cool for about 20 seconds and then swirl the pan around for one minute. Pour the syrup onto the silapt forming circles. Press a lollipop stick onto the bottom part of each circle and gently press in the scorpions. You can use one end of the lollipop sticks to press them down into the circle.
Let them cool for 20min or until hard before removing. Place them into cellophane bags for gift giving.