This week we tried another new recipe for our 12 weeks of Christmas festivities! I got the kids in the kitchen and we made Christmas Pops.
Now, let me give you a warning. While Christmas Pops should apparently look like this:
If you aren’t a good “icing piper” then they may come out looking more like this:
So, if you desire perfectionism in your life and you cannot pipe melted chocolate through a plastic bag, you may not want to attempt these.
Speaking of melted chocolate in a plastic bag. Um, HOT chocolate and PLASTIC do not really work well together. I do believe my plastic bag started to melt a little on me. Plus, the bag was hot to the touch and I had to use a towel to even hold on to it for piping. ALSO, the baggie got really messy, was hard to work with and frustrated us many times.
Have I completely talked you out of trying this recipe, yet?
I guess what I’m trying to say is maybe we should leave piping cute hot things to people that have a bit higher status than “lazy mom.”
However, after writing the instructions down for you below, I JUST NOW SAW that they also recommend using a plastic squeeze bottle for piping as well! OH MY! That would have been so much easier! So please! Save yourself! Use a squeeze bottle instead! That would be perfect for your kids to use as well! The baggie was too hard and too hot for my daughter to manage.
1 cup of vanilla flavored melting chocolate (I used the brand that says Almond Bark on it)
1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Melt chocolate according to package directions.
3. Spoon chocolate into a resealable plastic bag (snipping the corner to pipe) or a piping bag if you are an experienced piper! All the rest of you (and for kids) use a plastic squeeze bottle!
4. Squeeze out chocolate onto the parchment paper to make Christmas trees about three inches high and 1/4 inch thick. Then immediately add sprinkles.
5. Place cookie sheet of completed trees into the freezer for about a minute to set. When set, simply peel from the parchment paper.
6. To attach popsicle sticks to the trees, place a small amount of melted chocolate on the stick and gently press onto the back of the tree. Let stand five minutes or until set.
-For storage, wrap each Christmas Pop in plastic wrap.
-While this recipe is supposed to yield 24 pops from 1 cup of melted chocolate, mine did not! But we weren’t good pipers, remember? So just FYI.
By the way, here’s the tree that I think turned out the best. For someone like me, that is.
Wishing I Had Seen That Plastic Bottle Tip,
The Lazy Mom
Recipe adapted from Pillsbury® “Family Christmas Cookbook”.