Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops?

Summer officially begins Saturday … the 4th of July will be here before we know it!  How about an easy peasy pop to celebrate the occasion?  I decided to make Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops … some look like hats to me!

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Red, white and blue pops made with chocolate, mint and marshmallows … yummy, easy to make and the York Pieces were the perfect colors!  My original plans were to only draw stripes on the marshmallows to create the Uncle Sam Hat look … got a little artsy and drew stars too!  Now, I want to make more … with polka-dots, fatter stripes, starbursts … ooh, the possibilities are endless ;)

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You can draw whatever you like on the marshmallows … maybe let the kiddos do it!  Speaking of kiddos … our 11-year-old great-niece is visiting from Tennessee … she came with my sister-in-law (her grandma).  My youngest son will turn 30 this year … I’m so out of kid mode and as the mother of three boys … never was in girl kid mode!  I forgot how difficult it is to come up with activities to fill two months of summer fun.  Anyway, my two sister-in-laws, great niece and I went to the beach … her first visit to the Pacific Ocean!  While we were driving, the subject of California’s water shortage came up … the 11 year-old questioned it … after all, California has the whole ocean to drink!  After playing in the water, getting a swimsuit full of sand and mouthful of ocean water, she understands why we don’t drink ocean water!

By the way … when applying sunscreen, don’t forget your feet and ankles … this is the voice of experience speaking ;)  Another tip … don’t ask an 11-year-old to guess your age … I’m not 60 … still in my late 50’s … let’s not push it!

Keep the kiddos busy and make some pops for your July 4th bash …

Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops

  • Chocolate Wafer Cookies (such as Famous from Nabisco)
  • York Pieces
  • Large Marshmallows
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Blue and Red Edible Markers
  • Blue and Red Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)

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  1. Cut paper straws in half (almost 4″).  You can use full length straws or substitute lollipop sticks.
  2. Use the food safe markers to draw strips, stars or doodle whatever you like.  Hint – you may need to make short strokes with the markers when drawing on marshmallows, if you press too hard they tend to stick to the marshmallow!  Insert straws into flat end of marshmallow.
  3. Melt the candy according to package directions or here.  Smear a small amount of candy on the top of a chocolate cookie.
  4. Place a marshmallow in the center of the cookie and add some York Pieces around it (I used 7 on each pop).  Chill for a few minutes or let stand at room temperature until melted candy has firmed up.  Wasn’t that easy peasy?

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You may remember some marshmallow pop hats from the past …

snowman hat pops

like these Snowman Hat Pops or

0081 marshmallow pilgrim hats

Pilgrim Hat Pops !

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Oreo and Almond Flower Pops

Raise your hand if you like chocolate!  Raise your hand if you like Oreo cookies!  Almonds are a healthy snack and everything on a stick is fun … right?  Therefore … this must be a sweet, fun and healthy Oreo Flower Pop!  It has all of the necessary elements … Oreo cookies, on a stick, dipped in chocolate with chocolate covered almonds (that means double chocolate!) for the petals and a few sprinkles in the center for a little extra fun :)  These pops are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

Oreo & Almond Flower Pops

These almonds came from Costco long before Easter and were kept hidden for this project.  I have not seen them recently, but Jordan almonds, almond M&M’s or any oblong shaped candy could be substituted.

The colors are perfect for Mother’s Day and spring flowers … no green thumb necessary!

Happy Mother's Day Cookie Flower Pops

 

You will need the following to create 16 Oreo and Almond Flower Pops …

  • 1 pound vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik), melted
  • 16 Oreo cookies (I used the Spring variety, but any flavor/color will work)
  • 16 wood coffee stir sticks (5 1/2″)
  • 8 green striped paper straws (cut in half)
  • 80 chocolate covered almonds as petals (5 for each flower)
  • 32 green chocolate covered almonds as leaves (2 for each flower)
  • sprinkles for the flower center

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  1. Cover a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Cut paper straws in half, flatten each straw and insert the wood coffee stir stick.  Note:  the stick will be about 1-1/2″ longer than the straw half
  2. Open the cookie, lay “wood” end of stick on cookie and add a little melted candy.  Note:  the cookie opens easiest when the icing is not cold, microwave for a few seconds if necessary
  3. Replace top on cookie and melted candy.  Let candy firm up.
  4. Dip and cover cookie in melted candy, tap off excess and even drag bottom across edge of bowl.  Lay on prepared tray.  Place 5 almond on cookie to form flower petals.  Chill for a few minutes or let sit at room temperature until totally hardened.
  5. Add a little melted candy in flower center, add sprinkles.  Use a dot of melted candy to attach 2 green almonds to straw as leaves.  Let the candy harden, then tap off excess sprinkles.

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One of the first words that I thought of to describe these flowers was “Wonky” … maybe it was a Willie Wonka memory!  Then I remembered that last year I made these “Funky Oreo Flowers” …

Funky Oreo Flowers

I guess that Oreo cookies on a stick, dipped in chocolate turn into fun flowers in my mind ;)

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The Life of Peeps

My family is laughing at me … not in a good way!  It is very obvious that the guys and I don’t think alike … eye rolling is going on with the laughing … probably because of this little Peep story!  It’s Easter time, Peeps and marshmallow eggs are everywhere!  We have a family of Peeps living at our house!  I am not an expert on Peeps, but this is what I believe to be true about The Life of Peeps …

 

Peep Family Eggmallows chocolate nests

It all began like this …

Peeps chocolate nests

Mr. & Mrs. Peep met … fell in love … married … set up house nest keeping … marshmallow babies eggs magically appeared in the nest … the eggs hatched … giving life to the sweetest little marshmallow chicks … they all lived happily ever after … the end!   That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it ;)  Pssst … I know that they really ended up in Easter baskets!

chocolate nest marshmallow chick eggs

Let me explain how this all makes sense to me … Peeps are soft marshmallows with a sugar-coating … these little Eggmallows are marshmallows with a sugar-coating … therefore, the two must be related!  I hope you remember the Sweet and Salty Potato Stix Stacks … perfect nesting material for Peeps!  Is my story making any sense?  According to my family … I may be loosing it … the real question is … did I ever have it?

This is what you will need to create about 14 Peep family nests …

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  • 3-4 cups of Shoestring Potatoes
  • 1 pound chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Jet-Puffed Candy Eggmallows (I found them at WalMart)
  • Peeps (I used the original yellow marshmallow chicks)
  • Black edible marker

Nest of Peeps Eggs

  1. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the package.  Mix in about 3 cups of potatoes,  drop spoonfuls  on waxed paper.  Use a spoon to create a nest with a well in the center.  If you have extra chocolate at the bottom of the bowl, mix in some more potatoes!
  2. Add a marshmallow egg (or 2) to the nest and chill for a few minutes … or …
  3. Use the marker to draw eyes and beak on eggs and stand them up in the nest, then chill.
  4. (not in photo)  I used a toothpick dipped in chocolate to draw a moustache on Mr. Peep and eyelashes on Mrs. Peep.

Peeps family chocolate nest

 

After everybody was done laughing at me for the moment and ate part of the Peep Family… this is what they had to say …

  • The hubby really liked the Eggmallows (straight out of the bag) and nests!  He is so easy to please ;)
  • Son #3 is my Peep lover.  Now that he has grown up and matured, he only eats one Peep!  In his words “who would have ever thought that shoestring potatoes and chocolate could taste so good!”
  • My words … “Mom is always right!”  When will they ever learn?

Peep nests marshmallow chick eggs

 

 

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Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops

Good morning :)  How are you today?  Ready for an Easter idea?  Easter isn’t until April 20 … it felt so far away … now it’s less than a month!

There are several foods that come to mind when I think of Easter … two of them being chocolate and eggs.  Do you like crispy rice cereal in your chocolate and isn’t everything better on a stick?  I hope you answered YES … because today I made Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops for you!

Krispie Chocolate Easter Egg Pops

There is a list of Easter ideas that I have planned for this year and these Egg Pops were not on the that list!  They were a happy accident all because I went to JoAnn’s to buy drapery lining fabric and supplies to make a handle for this basket cake that I was making for a bridal shower (I’ll share the info shortly) …

basket of flowers cake

I did buy the supplies for the handle … did not buy the fabric lining (those dining room curtains may never get done), but found these cute sparkly foam eggs to make a wreath and another pan that I needed …

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I carried this Easter Egg Cookie Pan with me as I shopped the entire store … tried to talk myself out of buying it … didn’t listen to myself … found out it was on sale … sold!  It went home with me and I knew that Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops would be my first Easter post for this year.  This is a great pan, but if you can’t find it … maybe you already have something in silicone or a candy mold.

These pops were easy peasy and would be a great project for the kiddos to help decorate!  Wouldn’t it be fun if you make the chocolate eggs ahead of time and invite everyone over for a decorating party ;)

This is what you will need to make about 15 pops …

Easter Egg Pop Supplies

  • 1 pound chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
  • 15 lollipop sticks (I used 8″ sticks)
  • Wilton Easy Decorate Egg Cookie Pan

Then pull out a few candies and sprinkles from your cabinet …

Easter Sprinkles

 

  • Nonpareils/sprinkles
  • Edible Confetti
  • Sixlets
  • SweetWorks Candy Pearls
  • m&m’s minis
  • anything else you may like!

Let’s get started …

Crispy Egg Pops

  1. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.  Set aside about 1/2 cup of melted candy to use later.  Mix remaining melted candy with the cereal … spoon into mold and tap pan on the counter to help release air bubbles.
  2. Insert stick into candy … rotate stick to cover with candy … chill for a few minutes.  Note:  make sure you have a clear space in your fridge and use caution when placing pan in the fridge, because the sticks move easily.
  3. The pops should come out of the pan easily … if they don’t … put back in the fridge for a few more minutes.  Hint:  If you like … use a toothpick and some melted candy to fill in the air bubbles … I wasn’t that ambitious … nobody complained as they scarfed down the pops … that’s just the way my guys are!  I’m sharing some pops with the neighbor kids later today … wonder if they will notice?

Chocolate Egg Pops

Use the melted candy that you set aside (I put it in a squeeze bottle, toothpicks work also) to attach candy decorations!  I do have one word of caution … the sprinkles were a little messy … if you are letting the kids do this, they will need help!

Chocolate Krispie Egg Pops

Hope you have fun decorating your Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops :)

Chocolate Rice Krispie Egg Pops

I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuick and SweetWorks for supplies!

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You may like these egg pops too …

Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallows

Sugared Egg Marshmallows (I just saw the marshmallows at WalMart)

Chocolate Pots of Gold

Happy Monday!  Did you have a nice weekend?  We finally received some much-needed rain here in Southern California … snow in the mountains too!  It’s March already and St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner.  Last Friday, I shared my Rainbow Cronuts with you and promised Pots of Gold.

chocolate pots of gold

Can you tell what I used?  I thought that it was very appropriate that you would find a donut pot of gold at the end of a cronut rainbow ;)

cronut rainbow donut pot of gold

These were fun to make and were very popular with everyone, especially with the kids in the neighborhood!  Using store-bought donuts, chocolate and Sixlets made the project especially fast and easy!

This is what you will need …

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  • Mini chocolate coated donuts
  • Chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Gold Sixlets (1-4.5 ounce jar for about 12 pots of gold)
  • Gold Disco Dust

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  1. Melt chocolate according to package directions and place in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag.  Make 4 chocolate dots (legs) on top of donut.
  2. Turn donut over, use a some chocolate to attach a mini marshmallow in the center of donut.  Pipe a chocolate handle and a rim (do it twice if necessary) around the flat portion of the donut.
  3. Use melted chocolate to attach gold candy.
  4. Use a brush dipped in gold Disco Dust to add some more sparkle.

chocolate donut pots of gold

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday … you may want to whip up …

P1030684 Easy King Cake with Candy Beads

an Easy King Cake!

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Rainbow Faux Cronuts

Happy Friday!  Do you have something fun planned for the weekend?  I have a suggestion for you … make some Rainbow Cronuts for St. Patrick’s Day!  Sorry, it might be a little early … maybe gather the supplies and actually make them closer to March 17 … unless you want to do a trial run, eat them and make more later on … my personal recommendation ;)

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Speaking of Cronuts … have you had one?  This was my first!  A Cronut is described as a croissant-doughnut hybrid … my version is a hybrid of that hybrid … crescent rolls baked in a donut pan!

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These Rainbow Cronuts came about after a coffee meeting with some girlfriends … I was sharing my ideas about making a pot of gold (will be posted shortly) for St. Patrick’s Day.  The thought of a donut rainbow came up … took that idea and ran with it!  No donut would be complete with rainbow sprinkles and no rainbow would be complete without puffy white chocolate marshmallow clouds!

Rainbow Cronuts

  • 1 tube refrigerated Crescent Rolls (8 count)
  • 1 pound vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 2-3 cups mini marshmallows
  • Donut pan (Wilton)
  • non-stick cooking spray

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Open crescent rolls and separate into 4 rectangles (I worked on parchment paper).
  2. Use your fingers to press the diagonal seams together.  Cut each rectangle into 2 long rectangles.
  3. Roll each rectangle into a long tubular shape.
  4. Place into donut pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.P1030696 ed
  5. Remove rolls from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Melt candy coating according to directions on package.  Dip one side of cronut into candy and tap off excess candy.
  7. Immediately dip into sprinkles.
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  9. Let sit at room temperature until candy hardens up.
  10. Before mixing marshmallows into melted candy, I recommend to … 1) keep melted candy on a warm surface (such as an electric skillet/griddle) or 2) divide chocolate into two portions, mix and use one portion at a time.  I say this because my candy/marshmallow mixture was cooling off … I microwaved it and the marshmallows started to melt a little, creating a sticky mess … learn from my mistakes ;)  Mix about 2 cups marshmallows into candy, add more if desired.
  11. Spoon some marshmallow mixture on parchment.   Use the spoon to create a “well” in the center for the cronut.
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  13. Add a few more marshmallows if desired.  If you have leftover marshmallow/candy mixture … drop spoonfuls on parchment and add sprinkles … let harden up … you will have marshmallows clusters as an added treat!

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These colorful cronuts were a big hit with my family and the neighbors.  I hope you make some and enjoy them as much as we did!

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My next post will feature the pot of gold that can be found at the end of every cronut rainbow … be sure to check back!

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Snickermallow Football Pops

The Super Bowl is Sunday … do you have your menu planned?  I’m working on mine … simple, nothing fancy.  We aren’t having a party, but snacks are a requirement while watching football’s big game … according to my family ;)P1030597 Snicker & Marshmallow Football Pops

Today I’m sharing one last easy peasy football treat!  There are several reasons to make these pops … Snickers and marshmallows dipped in chocolate … they’re easy to make … can be made today … stored in an air tight container at room temperature … served on Sunday!

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To make 25-30 pops, you will need …

  • 25-30 lollipop sticks
  • 8 ounce bag of Snickers bites (you will have extra)
  • 1 pound of chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 2 ounces of white/vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 bag Kraft Stackermallows
  • 2-1/2″ cookie/biscuit cutter (I used one with a crinkled edge because I didn’t have a plain edge one)

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  1. Melt candy coating according to package directions.  Use a stick to predrill (about half way) into the side of a Snickers (don’t worry if it cracks, it will be covered in chocolate later).  Dip the tip of the stick in melted candy and insert into Snickers, let chocolate harden.
  2. Use the round cutter to cut a Stackermallow into a football shape.  (Save the marshmallow scraps to make Rice Krispie Treats or in hot cocoa!)
  3. Use a little melted chocolate to attach the flat side of the Snickers to the back of the football shaped Stackermallow, let chocolate harden.
  4. Spoon melted chocolate over the entire pop, tap off excess chocolate.  Place pop in a stand/styrofoam or lay (Snicker side down) on wax paper covered tray.  Chill for a few minutes.
  5. Place melted white candy in squeeze bottle or pastry bag and draw lines/laces on the football.

P1030596 Snickermallow Football Pops

About the name … if Snickers added marshmallows to their candy … believe they would be called Snickmallows … don’t you agree?

These are ready to go for Sunday’s game …

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These pops would also be cute addition to a sports themed birthday party :)

Thank you to Miss Candiquik for the candy coating  :)

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