Okay…really now Erin, you’re a bit premature for this whole valentines day thing I hear you all say. But hear me out. A lot of our family is not in the area and I like to send out little boxes with handmade items to some specially chosen few. We also have a Julia Child two-year old tradition of not sending Christmas cards, but sending valentines day cards instead. So valentines day is kind of a big deal in our household. I like to prep. So today, we made chocolate covered oreo pops, covered with sprinkles.
It was so easy, but took a little trial and error that I’m going to make sure doesn’t happen to you.
I bought a bag of Oreo’s, some red melting chocolate, lollipop sticks. I have more sprinkles than I care to admit. If you do not have an abundance of sprinkles, you should buy some. (I mean really, what doesn’t make something better if it isn’t sprinkles??).
First off, we bought normal Oreo’s. When I put the lollipop sticks in these they broke. Upgrade to Double Stuff Oreos. There’s enough creme to hold the stick in without touching the cookie. Melt your chocolate in the microwave. It takes maybe 1 minute (2 if you use the defrost setting). The stovetop edition was difficult to do with a toddler, and it was just not worth it. Explain what’s happening to the chocolate and how the microwave is ‘transforming’ it into a liquid. Science CAN be cool! Your kid can still stir and watch all the little chocolate pieces become one gooey mess…I promise.
Next, once your chocolate is melted, your sticks are inserted…
Don’t just pick up the sticks and dip into the chocolate. The cookies are too top heavy and until the stick is covered with chocolate that has dried, it will just keep falling out of the Oreo. I used my fingers to lift the lollipop into the chocolate and then a spoon to cover the Oreo (actually, Zara used a baby spoon to cover the Oreo), you obviously flip it and cover both sides, making sure to cover the Oreo AND stick (sort of a half and half fail with us. It’s hard to explain to a toddler to do this…just help when you can and realize that this is going to be a fun and delicious mess to clean up later). Then use your spoon to lift the Oreo lollipop onto parchment paper and let your kid go crazy with the sprinkles. Then let dry. Longer than you think you should. Check it if you’re unsure. They should not be sticky at all. Once they are dry, you can store them in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper.
Our plan is to pop these in a little bag and send out to some lucky people…who will it be?