Oreo Graduation Pops

It’s May … graduation ceremonies and parties are being planned.

So today I made some happy face graduates :)

Oreo Graduation Pops

All graduates are happy … right?  They will be even happier if you give them a pop made with an Oreo, chocolate marshmallow and dipped in chocolate!

Check out the striped sticks … do you remember the coffee stirrers and paper straws from my shopping finds?

I flattened the straws and inserted the wood stir sticks … it was a nice tight fit …

straw sticks

I cut some straws in half … the long straws were only flattened half way.  Leave about 1″ or 2″ of the stick outside of the straw to insert in cookie.  (I tried flattening the straws and inserting them in the cookies … I broke every cookie I tried :( … then had to eat the broken cookies :) )

These happy grads are yellow because I’m a traditionalist and believe happy faces should be yellow … Have a Nice Day :)  You can use whatever color makes you happy ;)

This is what you will need …

Oreos for graduation

  1. Prepare sticks in straws if desired.
  2. Dip tip of stick in melted yellow candy and insert in cookie filling, let sit for a few minutes to firm up.
  3. Dip cookie in yellow candy, tap off all excess candy, add a marshmallow, allow to sit at room temperature or chill for a few minutes to firm up.
  4. Dip marshmallow and a small amount of cookie in melted dark chocolate to form hat/cap, allow to sit again.
  5. Use dark chocolate to make eyes and mouth.  I used a squeeze bottle … use what’s best for you (toothpick, pastry bag, etc.)

Happy helpful hint of the day - I usually use an electric griddle/skillet to melt my chocolate.  Place the cookies on the griddle/skillet for a few minutes to soften the icing.  This is just an alternative to the microwave hint from last week.

warm your Oreos

I look forward to your comments!

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Colorful Graduation Cupcakes … and a graduation review

When I think of graduation caps … the first color that comes to mind is black or dark chocolate … in the dessert world.

But not all caps are black … so I thought, why not make something a little more colorful and sparkly … of course you could make them any color … and as usual, this is a simple project :)

This is what you will need …

  • Cupcakes
  • Frosting
  • Graham crackers
  • White chocolate/candy melts (1 pound should make about 15-20 caps)
  • White crystal sugar
  • Candy for tassels (Air Head Xtremes, War Heads Sour Twists)
  • Candy for buttons (M&Ms, Sixlets)

I used a baking sheet lined with wax paper to set up my assembly line.  Spread melted white chocolate over one side the graham crackers … then pop them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden the chocolate …

Repeat on the other side … put in fridge again …

Dip or spread the edges of the cracker with white chocolate …

Then dip the edges in sugar … place on wax paper, set aside to let the chocolate harden up …

Next, make the tassels … cut the candy to desired length (I cut them in half) … pull the twists apart or cut the strips as shown below …

Use a little melted chocolate to attach the tassels and buttons …

Frost the cupcakes (I totally cheated and used ready-made frosting … I also pulled the last three cupcakes out of the freezer … the hubby will be happy … this is dessert tonight ;) ) …

Place the finished crackers on the cupcakes …

Do you like the color?

Now for a quick graduation review …

Graduation S’more Pops 

Happy Grad  Pops

Graduation cupcakes

I ♥ your comments !

 

 

 

Happy Grad Marshmallow Pops

Are all graduates happy?  I think so, especially if you give them marshmallows covered in chocolate!  Plus … school’s out for summer! 

These Happy Grad Pops would make nice little additions to any party table or individually packed as favors.  They can be made several weeks ahead of time and kept in a cool (not the refrigerator) dry place.

You will need … Jumbo marshmallows, Stackermallows (new from Kraft at Wal-Mart), AirHeads Xtremes, mini M&Ms, yellow candy melts, dark chocolate candy melts and lollipop sticks (I used 6″) …

 

Melt the yellow chocolate (see how to melt chocolate).  Cut the Jumbo Marshmallows in half (I used kitchen shears) so that you have 2 ovals/rounds … 

 

Insert the lollipop stick all the way thru the marshmallow half until it sticks out about 1/4″ on the end … keep in mind that this is the face and part of the grad cap (a long oval is better than a wide oval) …

Dip it in melted yellow chocolate … tap off excess chocolate … place StackerMallow on top, making sure that the stick is in the rectangular marshmallow … the melted chocolate will help “glue” the rectangular marshmallow …

 

Pop them in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes … melt the dark chocolate … while the lollipop is still cool … dip the rectangular marshmallow and a small portion of the oval (yellow) in the dark chocolate, forming the “cap” …

 

Let dry … I did fix that little spot on the cap with melted chocolate, oops! …

Put some of your melted dark chocolate in a squeeze bottle, disposable pastry bag or use a toothpick … use whatever works for you … draw a happy face … remember, squeeze lightly for a fine line … or squeeze harder for a thick line …

To make the tassel … using melted chocolate, attach an M&M (M down) … use a paring knife to slice the AirHeads in strips about 1-1/2″ long … attach with melted chocolate …

Congratulations … you have created Happy Grads!!!

Note :   You can use any color of chocolate … not just yellow … I must be stuck in the 70′s.

Graduation Cupcakes with Marshmallow Grad Cap Pops

It’s mid May and I just can’t believe that time is passing so quickly … it just dawned on me that school has already ended for some … and will be ending very shortly for others.  So, I hope this idea for graduation may be helpful to you. 

The graduation caps may be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for several weeks.  This is what you will need … large marshmallows, ” Stacker” marshmallows (new from Kraft – at Wall Mart), dark chocolate candy melts, 4-1/2″ lollipop sticks, Extreme AirHead Belts and mini M&M’s …

First of all, remember that marshmallows are not perfect … the new StackerMallows are rectangular (not square as I was hoping for) … round ones are sometimes are oblong … but remember – they are marshmallows … have fun with them! 

I made the caps two different ways …  For each cap you will need 1 rectangular and 1/2 of a large marshmallow.  Cut a large marshmallow in half (check out the photo) and place it on the rectangular marshmallow with a dot of melted chocolate between …

 

Dip the tip of the stick in melted chocolate … insert into the marshmallows (go thru both marshmallows) … and let it dry.  Now dip the entire marshmallow cap in melted chocolate … tap off excess chocolate …

Place the pop in holder or styrofoam and put in fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm up.  If you get chocolate drips on the stick you can use a paring knife (smooth blade) to clean it up …

Attach a mini M&M (M down) with a dot of melted chocolate … Using a paring knife slice the AirHeads into strips … cut the lengths to about  1-1/2″ long … attach to cap with melted chocolate … you may have to hold it for a moment to prevent slipping …

 

Let’s move on to cupcakes … bake your favorite cupcakes … let them cool … make decorator icing (recipe found in the icing section above) … fill your decorator bag (I used Wilton tip #1M) with icing … working in a spiral pattern (start on the outside rim), frost cupcake … add sprinkles … insert marshmallow cap pop … 

 

 

Congratulations to all graduates!!!

COME BACK TOMORROW (May 18) FOR A NEW “HAPPY GRAD POP” !

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