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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Candy Cane Brownie Pops

I signed up to help with treats for the teachers today, as well as for Meagan's dance class this afternoon.  I've wanted to try this holiday version of my Andes mint brownie pops I made and this was the perfect reason.  I actually prefer them to cake pops, though my rainbow cake pops were super fun.

I'll give you the rundown of how I made these--they're easy, but do take a little while.

You'll need:
  • Baked brownies (I line my pan with foil and very lightly grease before I pour the batter in)  Regular recipe (not cake-like) and don't over bake!  If in doubt, slightly under bake.  They have to be sticky.

  • White almond bark or candy melts (almond bark does NOT contain nuts :)
  • Crushed candy canes (I used 5 to make about 30 pops)
  • Lollipop sticks (make sure you have enough left over from last time or you'll be running to Michael's at 8:30 at night to buy more...just sayin')
  • Plastic bags (find them near the lollipop sticks)
  • Twine, ribbon, or just use the twist ties that come with the baggies
  • Optional, but really useful...a piece of foam to stand pops up in while they finish setting.  Pre-poke some holes with a toothpick, at least 2 inches apart so the pops won't touch.  (check your garage for foam packaging in boxes...unless you're garage is cleaned out more often than mine you'll probably find something)
Smoosh small amounts of brownie into a ball (they won't get perfectly round, at least when I do them!)  I made mine smaller than golf balls.  Don't use the edges.  Eat them instead.  

Set them out on a cookie sheet and melt some white candy.  Dip the end of each stick and insert them into the brownies.  Push them almost all the way through.

When the candy hardens, melt more of the almond bark (I used my 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave at half power at 30 second intervals til it was smooth)  Cover each pop completely.  I've found it works best to use a spoon to drop the coating over the pop, then rotate it so the excess drips off.  

When it's not dripping anymore, dip the top into a bowl of crushed candy cane and set it in the foam.

Continue til you're done.  After several minutes, the almond bark will be solid again and you can remove them from the foam piece and lay them on a plate, making room for the next round to stand up in the foam.  Don't worry if they look a little bumpy...when they're all packaged up, they're so cute you can't even tell.  See?

Now, this next part is really important.  Even though it's 11 o'clock at night, and you're tired, put them all away--hidden in a cupboard or pantry, or when you get up at 6 the next morning you'll discover that your 3 year old wandered out of bed at 5:30 and ate 3 of them.  Again, just sayin'. 

This is how I packed them up for the school:  Covered a shoe box with scrapbook paper, put foam in the bottom, stuck some tissue paper out the sides, put in the pops.  If I'd really been thinking, I would have just laid the pops down in the box until I got to the school, for easier transport, then put them in the stand.  But they survived in the car like this too.

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  1. As another hint: styrofoam egg cartons that I used a pencil to poke holes in the top with (one per egg). The spacing is good and they store well. If you mess them up you will have more next week. You still need the hard foam for the box or you can put dry beans in a metal pail (coordinating season color or metal with something glued on it). Easy and you can move them around for arrangements sake. I never get it the way I like it on the first try or they don't all fit.

  2. Hi, Steph

    These looks so yummy!!!! My biggest weakness sweets.


  3. A 'child' of ANY age would love these! Yum, yum :) Thanks SO much for sharing at the Winter Wonderland party over at I Gotta Create!

  4. They look so yummy! I bet they taste as good as they look.

  5. One word: NOMS!!! These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Those look super yummy pinning for later!

  7. These sound delicious & look beautiful!! I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-) I would also love for you to come link up at my TGIF LInky Party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties - I know my readers would love to see!!
    Merry Christmas,
    Beth =-)

  8. This looks like "I have to make it" :)

  9. Yummy! My son & I are going to do these on Monday! I had a question for you - I read your post on fb on our best bites. What is Samoa Bark? Please let me know my email is cymoananu@gmail.com

  10. Featured you!


  11. Your brownie pops look cute! I like the way you packaged them. I'm sure they taste great too! I am going to pin this for future reference.