Thursday, 16 February 2012

Teacher Appreciation Day-Apple Brownie Cake Pops



It was my little guys Teacher Appreciation Day at school this week and parents are asked to bring something in for the teachers, as a thank you for all their hard work. As a wife of a part-time Professor, I can only imagine the amount of work our teachers do for our kidlets. We sure do appreciate them around here! As I typically make healthy snack choices when we bring in treats for the class, I throw that rule out the window for the teachers. They deserve a few sweets now and then! So this year I decided to try my hand at Apple Brownie Cake Pops. I have never made a cake pop before but did my research and decided I was going to take it on. Since it was Teacher Appreciation week, I figured what better symbol than apples, right? So here's what I did to make my Apple Brownie Cake Pops.

Things you'll need:
Brownies-premade
2 bags of red Candy Melts
Cake pop sticks
pretzels (for stems)
green Air Heads (for leaves)
Strofoam (to hold pops up)
Flower pot (optional)
Construction paper (optional)
Graham cracker crumbs (optional)

I started by making the brownies and allowing them to cool over night. Use any brownie recipe you like, homemade or from a box, doesn't matter.

Next, I crumbled all the brownies up into tiny crumbs. The outer edges of the brownie were hard (which I think is the best part of the brownie), so we ate those parts. I melted a tablespoon of butter and poured it over the brownie crumbs, stirred it until combined and started making balls. Roll up equal size balls and place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put them back in the fridge.

Leave them there for about an hour and then you are ready to insert your sticks. Take about 1/2 cup of melted red candy melts per brownie recipe (approx. 20 brownie balls). Dip your sticks into the candy melts, about 1 cm up stick, and push the stick into a brownie ball. Place pop back on cookie sheet and continue with the rest of the balls. Once you have all the pops constructed, put them back in the fridge to harden.

While they are hardening, construct your display/holder for the pops. I used a flower pot. I cut Styrofoam to fit my pot and then placed a piece of construction paper over the foam and poked starter holes for my pops. They are now ready for the pops, but not quite pulled together yet, we'll get to that in a minute.

Once you have that ready you need to prep your pretzel 'stems' and Air Heads 'leaves'. Break your pretzels into stem shape and use kitchen scissors to cut out leaf shapes from the Airheads. Once your sticks have hardened, melt the remainder of candy melts.

Get your brownie pops and one by one dunk pop straight down into the melts, covering the balls all the way up to the sticks. Tap the excess coating off by gently flicking the end of the pop stick. Immediately attach your 'stem' and 'leaf'. Place in Styrofoam and continue with remainder of pops.

Once complete, refrigerate.

Before you are ready to serve pops, I sprinkled some graham cracker crumbs on top of the construction paper to resemble dirt and I added a lady bug for cuteness ;)





Viola! You've made a brownie pop!






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54 comments:

  1. How did you think of this? Sooo creative! Loves....I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2012/02/sweet-saturday-link-party-v26.html

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  2. These are so cute!! What a great idea!! Thank you for linking up to my weekly party!!

    Amanda
    everycreativeendeavor.com

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    1. Thank you Amanda!! Very excited for Audition reveals tomorrow!

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  3. Oh wow, these are brilliant!!
    New follower/LIKEr here from the FunStuff Linky :)
    Pinning and sharing this!!

    The Mommies Made Me Do It @ http://themommiesmademedoit.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! Welcome, very glad to have you!! I will be checking out your blog too *hugs*

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  4. I love brownie pops, I too eat the edges, so good! Yours are adorable!

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    1. The best part!! Thanks for stopping by and saying 'Hi' ;)

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  5. I've always wanted to try to make cake/brownie pops! These are just too cute. Almost too cute to eat!

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    1. They weren't as bad as I thought they might be. I had to get over the imperfection of the balls real quick, but they were yummy regardless! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Gosh, those look fabulous - thanks and I'm Linky Following you now!

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    1. Welcome! So glad to have you!! Thanks for saying 'Hi' & following, always appreciated. Have a great weekend!!

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  7. These are so adorable! I'd have loved to get something like that when I was teaching in the school system! I would be thrilled if you'd share them here:

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/shine-on-fridays-15-and-some-fabulous.html

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    1. Lol! Thanks Amy, but... I have already linked up to your great party ;) I linked up a few this week because I'm new to your blog:) You are also on my party page! Thank you so much for the comment!!! Have an AWESOME day *hugs*

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  8. How fun!! As a former teacher, I am sure they loved them. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday. Have a great week!!

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    1. Thank you Carrie! Teachers are under appreciated. Thanks for hosting, see you next week!

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  9. Oh my goodness, it could be a total coincidence but there was a delicious looking display of these sitting in the Kindergarten class I supplied in on Wednesday! The ECE student in the room was raving about the Mom who made them and all the teachers were very happily devouring them at their Teacher Appreciation lunch when I was back in on Thursday for the librarian! Whether they were yours or not (I'm in Ontario), these look incredible!

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    1. Thank you so much Claire!! I'm in Ontario too, coincidence?? Hmmmm? Might be a smaller world than we think. That would be funny if it was my little guys class. If they were or not, I'm glad they were enjoyed ;)

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    2. It sounds like they were the same treats. I was at a school named after a painter (trying to keep your anonymity!)

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    3. Thank you for that Claire. I believe you may be correct! Small world, I'm so happy to hear that! You may recognise my little guy in some of my other pics!

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  10. And once again, you have proven to be super creative!! Love it, they turned out awesome :) What a great way to show teachers they're appreciated!

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    1. Thanks Brandi! I always appreciate your comments, you are too kind. *hugs*

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  11. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

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    1. Already linked up this week Jill! I will be back weekly!! Thank you sooo much for featuring my Ladybug Apples this week, I feel like I've won an Oscar every time I get featured, I really appreciate it, thank you! Apple Brownie Cake Pops linked up this week! Thank you for the invite as well, *hugs*!

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  12. Thanks so much for stopping by and liking my kitchen - so glad to have found you! Those are the cutest little cake pops ever!! My girls would love making them! New Linky follower.
    Kelly

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  13. Thanks for stopping by Dwell on Joy! Love these, so cute!

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  14. That is a really neat treat idea. I am never creative enough to do stuff like that.

    http//richardquilts.blogspot.com
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    1. What do you mean? You are a guy that quilts, thats creativity right there :) Thanks for stopping by and saying Hi!

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  15. THOSE LOOK AMAZING!! Great job Shantalle!!

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  16. These turned out very cute. I like the idea of making brownie pops instead of cake pops. Did refrigerating the pops after they were dipped add a lot of extra moisture?

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    1. Thank you! Nope the refrigeration did not add any excess moisture. Do you find it does when you make cake pops?

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  17. Congratulations on being featured in the I Heart Naptime Sundae Scoop!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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  18. How fun! I bet they taste great too. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Rachel! They were yummy! Glad to be new around your block! You'll be seeing a lot if me ;)

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  19. LOVE! Featuring you today at the Meet Me Monday party! Starts at 4pm. Getting ready to pin these cuties on my Pinterest as well. Thank you so much for sharing! Love, Me www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com

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    1. AWESOME!!! Thank you so much, I will be linking up again this week! *hugs*

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  20. Stopping by from the Girl Creative Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  21. WOW!! These are so stinkin' cute! :) I love these little apples and as a former teacher, I would love such a cute treat! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  22. So adorable!! Would love for you to stop on over at Kids in the Kitchen link up and share any of your family friendly recipes. Do you have any of kids helping in the kitchen? Would love to see and have you share! http://younglivingoillady.com/home/kids-in-the-kitchen-link-up/ Thanks again for this precious post and what a wonderful way to bless teachers! I know you made them cry!!! (I would have,at least!)Carrie @ young living oil lady

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    1. Thank you so much Carrie! I will check out your blog!! Kids are a constant in our kitchen around here ;)

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  23. Stopping by to let you know I featured these Brownie pops today on Made in a Day! I would love it if you would link up again this week.
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

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    1. Thank you so much Kim, that is so exiting! I really appreciate the feature so much. Thank you!

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  24. These are so cute! Great job!!!

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