So.. I was at Starbucks, yet again.. and had a sweet tooth….. Umm.. yet again.. so I decided to try their peppermint brownie pop. I died. In a good way… lol. It was so yummy with the slightest peppermint flavor. A PERFECT treat for the holidays. However, at $1.50 each.. eh. Not something I would get often.. and I surely wouldn’t gift them to anyone! MINE!
However, my inner Betty Crocker was screaming “You can maaaaake them yourseeeelf”.
So, that’s what I did! And um.. mine taste better! BROWNIE POPS FOR ALL!
The downside to this. I have a pile of them in my house right now! GAH!
(Is that not a delish picture?…. *pats myself on the back*)
I have created a recipe and a little ‘how-to’ for all you who wanna indulge a bit this holiday season!… Or hide in your closet shoving them down your throat. Either way, enjoy! So get outta those skinny jeans and slide into some stretchy waist pants and let’s get started!
Stuff ya need:
- Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix. ‘family’ size… (we all know we don’t share with these ‘family’ people. We enjoy the guilt of eating the whole pan to ourselves right?.. ) Anyhow, I found this brand works best. Then again, I only tried one other mix before this one. If ya wanna be all fancy and such, make ‘em from scratch!
- Oil, eggs, candy canes, Wilton white chocolate candy melts, clear sugar sprinkles
- Lollipop sticks
- 9×9 baking pan (or 8×8)
- A treadmill… to burn off the first batch you somehow consume in less than 24 hours.
- Christmas music
- Bake the brownies! Make them DEEP. 9×9 or 8×8. This makes less ‘crusty’ parts that don’t mix well into the ‘smooshed’ brownies. For the Betty Crocker fudge brownies, I used 1/4c LESS oil than recommended. Crush up 2-3 candy canes really fine and mix into the batter. Bake as directed.
- Once the brownies cool, scoop out the center. Again, avoid the ‘crusty’ edge parts. You don’t really want that mixed into the pops because it creates a weird texture and the balls won’t roll as nicely.
- Roll ‘em up! Roll the brownies into 1.5″ balls… I won’t judge if you roll yourself ‘special’ 3″ balls. Set onto a plate with a sheet of wax paper over it. Stick a lollipop stick about 3/4th way into the brownie balls and then FREEZE. This is key to ‘perfect pops’. You’ll see!….
- Once they are frozen, leave them in the freezer while you crush up some candy canes (4-5 works fine for a batch) and melt your white chocolate. Be VERY careful not to ‘burn’ the white chocolate as you’re melting because it won’t ‘run off’ the pops as nicely. If the white chocolate stays thick on the pop it’s just WAY too sweet and harder to bite into.
- Take 3-4 pops out of the freezer at one time. You’ll want them to stay as firm as possible or you’ll have pops sliding off the stick, etc. trust me, I am a pro at this now.. I didn’t get this big ‘ol butt by eating carrot sticks, people!
- Dip pops one at a time into the white chocolate. WORK FAST, the frozen pops will set the chocolate pretty fast! When you dip, make sure you cover all the way to the base where the pop meets the stick. This will ‘seal’ it onto the stick really well.
- To get a smooth finished look, gently tap the stick onto the dipping bowl as you slowly rotate the pop. Once you notice it starting to set, add some sprinkles and candy cane chunks. Then set the pop aside to firm up! if ya do this right, the chocolate will NOT drop.
TIP: If you have a piece of styrofoam handy this works GREAT to stick the pops in while the chocolate sets. You can grab a 5×5 square piece from the dollar store, that’s what I use!
- Simply continue those steps until each pop is done.
That’s it! They look so pretty when done! Create a gift basket by sticking a piece of styrofoam into the basket and creating a pretty pop arrangement. I plan on putting little baggies and ribbons over each one to send in to the school for the teachers. Yummy, yum!
Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!
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