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- 1 ⅓ cups Hy-Vee granulated sugar
- ½ cup Hy-Vee light corn syrup, plus additional for garnish
- ⅓ cup Hy-Vee distilled water
- 4 drop(s) Over the Top radiant purple food coloring gel
- ¼ cup Tiesta Tea lavender chamomile loose leaf herbal tea, plus additional for garnish
- 1 tbsp fresh lime zest, plus additional for garnish
- 1 tbsp dried edible lavender, plus additional for garnish
- 12 oz boiling water, for serving
Cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, and distilled water together in a medium saucepan over high heat until a candy thermometer reaches 295°. Remove from heat.
Add food coloring, if desired. Cool to 265°. 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 lavender chamomile tea, lime zest, and dried lavender in a small bowl; set aside. 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 dried chamomile flowers, edible lavender, and/or lime zest.
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.