the anti cake pop

i looove cake pops.  they are delicious, adorable, and add decor to any cute party.  but they are THE most annoying things to make.  make the cake batter, bake the cake, let the cake cool, crumble it up, mix it with frosting but don’t over mix it, roll into balls, freeze, add sticks, freeze again, dip in chocolate, decorate, freeze again, thaw to room temp.  agh!  who has time for all of that?  if you do, great!  bring me some cake pops!  i do not.  so i make marshmallow pops instead.  all it takes is 10 minutes and a few ingredients for the cutest little dessert that kids love.  you can decorate with whatever sprinkles fit your theme and usually find everything else in your pantry.  this week we made halloween pops!

 

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what you’ll need: big marshmallows, chocolate chips, cute sticks or straws, sprinkles, and a bit of crisco for the chocolate.  it’s also helpful to have an egg carton to hold the pops while they set.

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start by melting the chocolate.  if you have bakers chocolate or almond bark even better, but chocolate chips will work.  if using chips, add 1/2 tsp of crisco for 2 ounces of chocolate before melting.  the crisco makes the chocolate smoother and easier to use.  melt the chocolate in the microwave (double boiler works also but that’s one extra pan to clean).   start with one minute, then stir, then 30 seconds, stir and repeat until smooth and silky.

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gently press a straw into a marshmallow and roll into the chocolate.  allow excess to drip for a few seconds.

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let the chocolate set for a couple minutes before adding sprinkles.  you need the chocolate to be wet but not too soft.  if you sprinkle right away they will sink into the chocolate.

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sprinkle away!  this is the fun part!

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let set at room temperature until hard.  set in the refrigerator if you need them to set faster.

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party ready!

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