Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Boo….are you ready for Halloween? Honestly, I’m not quite ready. But I guess my kids are, as well as some of my neighbors (a few blocks down the streets). My kids already told me what they want to be this year. And the other day when I drove by the neighborhood, I saw some houses already “fully” decorated for Halloween. “Fully” means from roof top to the front yard. Oh yeah, very festive. When I saw that, I realized it’s time to post some Halloween crafts and recipes on my blog. I’ve been wanted to get my hands on making some candy pops for a while. And what better occasion than Halloween to indulge in some chocolates and candies, right?
Besides, I think one or two chocolate pops for my kids can “buy me some time” before I have to go costumes shopping with them. I don’t know, I’m definitely a procrastinator in costumes shopping. Are you? Or are you the type who can’t wait for Halloween to be here? Or even better, make your kids costumes yourself? I always wish I know how to do that. But you know me, I’m not crafty like that.
The other day I stopped by the market and saw these mini pumpkins (see picture below) and they were just so adorable not to bring some home. So I did and thought it would be fun to have a little crafting fun with my kids. So, I drew the Jack O Lantern's face on one so the kids can look at it as an example. Then I let them each draw their own.
Boo…and this this what happened (see picture below). hahaha…..I bet they both don’t have any crafting nor artistic genes in them, because I didn’t have any to pass on to them! Sorry kiddos, Mama’s bad. At least, my Baby Girl said it was fun. On the other hand, my Little Boy kept “complaining” it’s too slippery to draw on the pumpkin. So, can you guess who did the one on the left and who did the one on the right?
Anyhow, let’s get back to these super fun Popping Candy Pops! I’m so glad the kids enjoyed these pops, at least. I used some dark chocolate and white chocolate for these pops. The orange ones were made with orange candy melts though.
What made them “Popping” Candy Pops? The Pop Rocks popping candies inside! So, when you bite into one, they start popping and cracking in your mouth. Fun huh? These Popping Candy Pops are definitely a treat and a trick all in one. I wish I can show you my hubby’s face when he bite into one of these. Sorry, I’m forbidden to post that video here on the blog.
Want to learn how to make these Popping Candy Pops? Come with me to the kitchen!
1) You need a candy mold, any shape that you like. I picked a Halloween theme one, obviously.
2) Need some candy pop sticks. Just make sure you get the length that fits into your mold. They come in different sizes.
3) Some Pop Rocks popping candies. I got Strawberry and Green Apple flavor ones. Love those colors too.
4) You need to melt some chocolate. I used white chocolate chips (that’s what I have on hand), dark chocolate (chopped), and orange candy melts. Since we’re making quite a small amount, I melt them in the microwave instead of a double boiler. Simple heat on high and stop to stir every 30 seconds until all chocolate are melted.
5) Since I only have 1 mold, I make these pops in batches. With the white chocolate first. Place a small amount of melted white chocolate in the cavities of the candy mold. Place the candy stick in the middle of the mold.
6) and 7) Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon of popping candy into the middle of the melted chocolate.
8) Cover with more melted chocolate to fill the cavity of the candy mold. I used a toothpick to help spread the chocolate for a better coverage. Place in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes, or until chocolate harden. Remove from mold and enjoy.
Easy right? I think I love the dark chocolate ones the best. These are so much fun and so decadent. The white chocolate are pretty good too as the tartness from the popping candy inside contrast really well with the sweetness of the white chocolate. You can definitely wrap these up in individual treat bags and give them out too.
What plans do you have for Halloween, if you are celebrating? Do you usually take the kids to trick or treat in the neighborhood? Do you go all out in decorating your house? Or do you rather visit your neighbors and admire their works? (I’m more of the later one, hehe…) Whatever your plans are going to be, I wish you and your family a safe and Happy Halloween! Stay sweet!
“Popping” Candy Pops: (Printable Recipe)
1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped (or use white chocolate chips)
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup orange candy melts
2 small packages of popping candy (Pop Rocks)
24 candy pop sticks (make sure you get the length that fits into your mold. They come in different sizes)
In a microwave safe bowl, heat the white chocolate on high and stop to stir every 30 seconds until all chocolate are melted.
Place a small amount of melted white chocolate in the cavities of the candy mold. Place the candy sticks in the middle of the mold. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon of popping candy into the middle of the melted chocolate.
Cover with more melted chocolate to fill the cavity of the candy mold. Use a toothpick to help spread the chocolate for a better coverage. Place in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes, or until chocolate harden. Remove from mold and enjoy. Repeat with dark chocolate and orange candy melts.