Cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, and distilled water together in a medium saucepan over high heat until a candy thermometer reaches 295 degrees. Remove from heat.
Servings and Ingredients
|1 ⅓ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar|
|½ c. Hy-Vee light corn syrup, plus additional for garnish|
|⅓ c. Hy-Vee distilled water|
|1 tsp. BeetElite black cherry-flavored concentrated beetroot crystals, divided; plus additional for garnish|
|3 tbsp. dried goji berries, plus additional for garnish|
|2 tbsp. Tiesta tea black Thai tropical loose leaf tea, plus additional for garnish|
|12 oz. boiling water, for serving|
Things To Grab
- Medium saucepan
- Candy thermometer
- Dome silicone mold
- Rimmed baking pan
- Wax paper
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Measuring cup
- 2-1/4-inch-round cookie cutter
- Nonstick skillet
- 16-oz. mug
Add 1/2 teaspoon cherry-flavored crystals, if desired. Cool to 265 degrees. Place a dome silicone mold upside down on a rimmed baking pan lined with wax paper and spray mold with nonstick spray; wipe off excess. Prop the long side of the prepared baking pan up 2-inches with a measuring cup.
Pour sugar over each mold in a circular motion, covering each mold. Let set for 30 seconds; remove prop from under pan. use an oiled 2-1/4-inch round cookie cutter to push down around the base of each mold. Repeat cutting around each mold 3 or 4 times to release shell. Let sugar shells stand on molds for at least 20 minutes while preparing tea blend.
Stir together goji berries, black tea, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cherry-flavored crystals in a small bowl. Gently remove extra sugar shell around each half-sphere mold, then remove each half-sphere shell from its mold. Turn silicone mold over; set half of the sugar shells into a half-sphere-shaped compartment. Fill each shell with 1 tablespoon tea mixture.
If desired, brush a small amount of corn syrup on cooled shells to attach additional goji berries, tea leaves, and/or cherry-flavored crystals.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt edges of one unfilled half-sphere on skillet. Quickly place on top of a tea-filled half-sphere and gently press 20 seconds to seal. Store at room temperature, covered, for 1 week.
To serve, place 1 tea bomb in a 16-oz. mug. Slowly pour 12-oz. boiling water over the tea bomb. Steep 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tea bomb melts. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, if desired.