So I spent some time in the kitchen over the weekend – I know, I know – unusual. But I saw these Oreo Pops on Mrs. Fox’s Sweets’ blog, and Christina tends to say, “It’s easy!” Christina, I love you, but you and I are going to need to exchange words about the definition of “easy”.
For my attempt, I went a bit more basic than the gorgeous designs at Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, but take a peek at how my chocolate Oreo pops turned out:
Pretty, right? I sure thought so (especialy with my skill-level and patience level, LOL!) It turns out that with some practice, even a beginner can make these. So with proper disclosure – I would encourage even a newbie to give it a try! They are certainly impressive-looking in relation to the amount of work they take. I was able to make them in less than an hour. Always a plus. :)
I am going to share a few things I learned that weren’t in the original recipe. I’m sure the pro foodie mamas jut know these things, but we beginners have to stick together – and if I can do it, there is hope for anyone on this project!
First of all, go take a peek at the original tutorial. Then come back and get some tips from my kitchen!
All right, so the first part I took issue with was the fact that I couldn’t find sucker sticks at the grocery store, and I didn’t want to make another trip to a specialty store (the weekend after Thanksgiving, especially!) if I could help it. So I made the executive decision that surely, the bamboo skewers I already had in my kitchen would be good enough. (I stand by that. Not as lovely, but I was never going to rival the pros anyway. They are sturdy and cost-efficient. I did trim my skewers down to 6 inches before I got started.)
A note about yield, here, I got the package of double-stuf oreos. I had 29 cookies. Some were broken. Those went into my eat-pile. Yum. I also may have bribed the baby with half of one so that I could get to work uninterrupted.
Given the ones that were already broken, and the ones that I broke attempting to insert sticks, and the ones that I totally botched – of 29 in the package, I had 14 presentable pops at the end. I would advise you about the same – plan on about half turning out right your first attempt. One package of Candiquik coats probably 20 or so cookies. So plan on getting a 16 oz. package for each package of Oreos you plan you use.
So first, I discovered how difficult it actually is to insert your sticks into your Oreos.
Go really slowly. If you break your cookie at all when you are inserting the stick, this is what your pop will end up looking like:
I thought I could salvage them by pressing them back together, but I really couldn’t. The weight of the chocolate coating tends to put some stress on the cookie, so breaks will break. So be really gentle with the sticks!
I know the tutorials I referenced used vanilla Candiquik. That might look prettier, but I knew my husband would be much happier with the chocolate version, and as he is the one who eats the majority of my experiments, I tend to cater to his tastes. Vanilla would give you some better decoration options too – although, I can envision a cute little snowflake piped onto chocolate pops too. (After my last piping project, I opted for plain.)
All right, so I melted up the Candiquik and did not take photos, since it was a two-handed job. The best suggestion I can make is to use a spoon or something similar – otherwise the weight of the Candiquik can pull the halves of the cookie apart. I had that happen a LOT while I was getting started. So once it was totally coated, I supported the bottom of the cookie with my spoon. Once I dipped it and the excess chocolate dripped off, I used the spoon to transfer each cookie to the wax paper.
If there’s any excess chocolate around your pop, it will dry that way, so move each pop well away from drips, spills, and puddles.
(Don’t worry, you can eat your mistakes!)
Then I just let them dry! I had a few really good-looking ones (and yes, that string of chocolate at the bottom dried that way and had to be broken off):
And… a few less-good ones. But oh well. We have enjoyed eating those.
Since these are going out as giftables, I wrapped mine in plastic baggies and tied them off with ribbon.
My husband wants to keep them all, so he has more for himself… something about non-distributable chocolatey goodness.
But, I am sharing with my writer’s group tonight. We all deserve a treat after this month’s writing frenzy!
On the whole, I liked this project and would do it again! I’m really glad I spotted it and gave it a try.
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