Homemade at Dani’s: Lychee Toffee Pops

Unless your name is Heston Blumenthal, it’s pretty much impossible to invent a new dish. It seems that almost everything in the culinary world has been done before. But I guess that was probably what people in the 1950’s thought about music until The Beatles changed all that! Now I’m not saying that I’m like The Beatles or Heston (obviously!) but somehow in the thick of MasterChef All Stars I managed to create a dish that Matt Preston, and I quote, said “Not in the history of the universe has those three words (Lychee Toffee Pop) ever been said!” Now this is because no one in the history of the universe has been insane enough to think of deep frying a lychee, putting it on a stick, covering it in sticky, golden toffee and then sprinkling it with lime zest and sesame seeds. Not one person! I wonder why…? But Lychee Toffee Pops was the dish that I came up with in a Chinese cook-off against MasterChef legends, Poh and Marion, and in a very strange turn of events, the judges turned into 5-year-old boys skipping around eating lollipops in the MasterChef Kitchen and I ended up winning the challenge earning $5,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation!

Because this dish is so incredibly bizarre, but also quite delicious, I thought I’d make my next episode of Homemade at Dani’s about why I created Lychee Toffee Pops and how you can make them too! I could be onto something, they could be the next big thing? Move over macarons and make way for Lychee Toffee Pops!! Enjoy x


Lychee Toffee Pops 

What’s in it:

  • 565g can lychees, drained
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 300ml sparkling water
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • ½ cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying

How You Make It:

1. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 220°C fan forced.

2. For batter, place flour in a large bowl, make a well in the centre, gradually pour in water and whisk until just combined but still a little lumpy. Don’t over mix. Rest for 10 minutes.

3. Dip drained lychees into batter and using a wire spider, or slotted kitchen spoon, place carefully into hot oil and deep fry until golden. Drain on paper towel. Insert a chopstick or skewer into lychees and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

4. For caramel, pour sugar and water into a frying pan over medium heat and shake to loosen sugar. Shake pan until sugar has dissolved, then increase to high heat until caramel turns golden. Remove from heat.

5. Ladle caramel over battered lychees. Sprinkle with lime zest and toasted sesame. Place onto a tray and keep separate until cool.

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18 Responses to “Homemade at Dani’s: Lychee Toffee Pops”

  1. Simon H
    November 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Hello Dani,

    those toffee pops look delicious.

    Thank you for these videos, I really enjoying visiting your blog.


    • danivenn
      November 23, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks again Simon!

  2. November 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I do like your website/blogs. For me they set the right tone of skill/technique along with sounding utterly delicious.. stomach now rumbling! Like the additional of a video demo, nice little extra. Good work Danni!

    • danivenn
      November 23, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks very much Tim, I hope you visit again soon! : )

  3. Niamh Burns
    November 24, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    Yum Yum! Love your website! I’d love to meet you so much…. You never know, dreams may come true….

  4. Sharon Anderson
    November 29, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    Well Dani
    They looked so complicate on tv! Well done in winning your challenge! I reckon I’ll give these a go myself, fingers crossed!!! Lovely to see you again on tv, we all watched you at work so greetings from the uk!!

    • danivenn
      January 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks so much Sharon!! Have fun cookin. xx

  5. November 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Dani!! So happy to have found your blog. Loved watching you on Masterchef and now get to follow you on your blog as well.

    These lychee pops are so inventive and there are some at the local Asian store around the corner from my house here in Toronto.

    I also appreciated your instructions for making toffee. Very helpful.

    I will be back! :)

    • danivenn
      January 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks a heap Steve for your lovely comment!! Wow, can’t believe I have a fan all the way in Toronto! What a spin out. Thanks xx

  6. December 11, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    I watched that All Stars episodes (I was rooting for team Yellow! :D) and when I saw you make the lychee toffee pops, I’m like “wow. That’s amazing. I’d like to make that!” And I didn’t think they were weird at all! Thanks for the recipe! :D

    ~ Nivedha

    • danivenn
      January 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      Thanks a heap and I hope you give the toffee pops a crack!! Glad that you enjoyed MC All Stars!! xx

  7. Niamh & Ellis
    December 22, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Hi Dani, This is Niamh and Ellis. We are much beloved fans of you. We enjoy reading your blog. We now this sound stupid but in our imaginary game, You are our Queen, really.

    It would be a dream to meet you.

    Niamh and Ellis.


  8. Niamh
    January 6, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Merry Xmas Dani! I hope you had a lovely Christmas! My biggest Christmas wish was to meet you! I love your blog!!

  9. January 23, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Oh my….sounds and looks delicious!

  10. Mariam
    December 5, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Greetings from London, UK Dani!

    I’m so happy I finally found your blog! I loooooooved the way you made the lychee toffee pops, I can’t wait to try them (only if I don’t flop in making them, lol)! You’re so talented to come up with something as simple as that! Would you recommend any other fruits?!!

    • danivenn
      December 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Thanks very much!! Rambutans would work too!

  11. Embla
    January 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi Dani,
    Thank you so much for sharing this receip. You are very generouse!
    I have a question. In norway where I live I cannot find self-raising flour.
    What can I use instead? Hope you can help.

    • danivenn
      January 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      Hi Embla, Thanks for your comment, you can use plain flour with a teaspoon of baking powder added, please look at the baking powder packet for exact measurement instructions. Cheers!

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