Here’s a DIY to the beautiful tree pops in our Jodi Levine interview that’s up on our site now.
“Making these tree pops is a great way to use up all the peppermint candies and candy canes floating around at holiday time. Experiment with different textures and patterns made from partially melted whole candies, crushed candies, swirled, candies, cut up candy stripes and more. You can add an unmelted “tree topper” as on the solid green tree. Use separate pieces of paper for each tree so you can remove them as they are finished, in case they have different melting times.”
Unbleached parchment paper
4-5 hard candies for each pop (I used spearmint starlight mints, green apple Jolly Rancher hard candies, and clear crystal mints)
Stick (you can use a lollipop stick or a skewer with the pointy tip cut off)
Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with small pieces of parchment paper, one for each pop.
On one piece of paper, arrange four or five candies to form a rectangle. (For the partially melted starlight mint pop, position four together to make a square, and center another candy at the top.)
Place in the oven for 5 to 9 minutes (depending upon how melted you would like your candy). Remove and let cool for 1 minute.
Using oven mitts, take the candy, still on the parchment paper, off the baking sheet, and cut it into a triangle or tree shape with scissors, as shown. You can cut through the candy and parchment paper at the same time.
Return to the baking sheet on a new piece of parchment, push in or press on a stick, and twist it to coat it in candy. If it needs smoothing, return it to the oven for about 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
(From Candy Aisle Crafts)