Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lego Pops

We recently celebrated my sons birthday with a Lego and Star Wars theme, since those seem to be his current obsessions. Because June is a crazy month for us, we kept his theme very simple this year: cake and a treat.  

The cake was an easy idea: a giant Lego.

The treat:  a Lego pop with Star Wars in mind.

If you are looking for fabulous cake pops, check out Bakerella's site.  I've made brownie pops for Christmas and they turned out delicious, but I didn't have the time or energy for something as detailed as brownie or cake pops.  I went for a variation: marshmallow pops.

Look at these adoreable pops!

Here's what you'll need:
  • 15- 20 Regular size marshmallows
  • 15 - 20 mini marshmallows
  • 15-20 pop sticks (I found mine at Michael's)
  • Yellow candy coating melts
  • black edible writing pen 
  • 1-2 foam floral blocks
Getting started:
  • Melt candy coating per package directions. About 3 minutes on half power, stirring every 30 seconds.

  • Place 1 stick in the middle of a large marshmallow.
  • Stand pop in the foam block.
  • Moisten bottom of mini marshmallow with water and place it on top of large one.

  • Be sure to allow it to dry. You don't want water mixing with the candy melts.

  • Carefully dip pop into melted candy and roll to coat pop.
  • Gently tap pop against side of candy coating bowl to allow excess coating to drip off.

  •  Return pop to foam to dry.
  • When completely hardened and dry, draw faces with edible marker. (Note:  I purchased the Wilton edible markers and they were horrible. I do not recommend them. I returned my to the store.  I found some on Amazon I'm ordering for my next decoration.)
And because the Wilton markers were so lousy, it was 10:30 pm at night and my only option for an "edible" replacement was black food coloring. Brilliant, I thought.  My hubby and I painted on cute faces with a paint brush and gel food coloring.  Which did indeed look fabulous....until the kids ate them the next day...and the food coloring smeared all over their mouths and teeth.  All over.  Here's a mild example.

So here's hoping you learn from my lesson and have fun making some for your family. 
Happy Baking, Laurie


Anonymous said...

I just made some too....and unfortunately used gel as well.....smeared everywhere!!! And you definitely can't "wrap" them up, either (as they will smear). They were fun to make, though...I like your different expressions! I am shopping for an edible pen right now (I can only find purple!) - what's wrong with Wilton's? Thanks!

joyfullytiredmom said...

The Wiltons wouldn't even write at all. Just smeared or disappeared.
The food coloring did stay and did not smear, so you could wrap them. Just beware: the food coloring will smear on the mouth, teeth and tongue.
Best of luck. Would love to hear if you do find another pen. I haven't used the one I found on Amazon yet.