DIY Floral Tea Globes

Make your own blooming tea orbs to give as gifts or to enjoy all season!

What you need: – Isomalt crystals – Tea bags or loose-leaf tea – Dried edible flowers – Small saucepan – Large cavity semi-sphere silicone mold – Sugar gloves

In a small saucepan, melt isomalt crystals over medium-high heat.

Do not stir the isomalt while it is melting. Just allow the crystals to melt on their own. Shake the pan to help shift the crystals if needed, but do not stir until all the crystals are liquid.

Once completely melted, stir the mixture until the bubbles have disappeared and the liquid is clear.

Quickly pour or spoon a couple of tablespoons of the melted isomalt into the mold cavities. Be careful!

Rotate to coat the inside of the molds evenly. Make sure to cover the entire mold cavity. This method produces a smooth translucent shell.

Allow the orbs to cool about 20-30 minutes before moving to the next step.

When all the spheres are cool, remove the top halves from the mold by pushing up from the bottom. Leave the bottom halves in the mold.

Place tea bags or loose-leaf tea into the bottom half of the globe (the ones still in the mold) along with any edible flowers you are using.

Place a small skillet over low heat. This is used to smooth the orb edges and to help fuse the bottoms and tops together.

Once the skillet is heated, place one globe top onto the hot skillet for a few seconds to smooth and melt the edge.

Quickly place it on top of the bottom half that is still in the mold filled with the tea and flowers. The melted edges will dry and join the halves together.

Allow the orbs to set for about 5-10 minutes. Carefully press up on the bottom of the mold to release the orbs. The globes are fragile!

If you’d like, you can place extra edible flowers to the tops of the globes using a bit of melted isomalt.

Pour hot water over the ball and watch it bloom into a delicious hot tea!

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