How not to make pop treats, an anti-tutorial


**Disclaimer: I think it’s important to laugh at ourselves every once in awhile. So please take my anti-tutorial in that spirit.**

It’s Friday and I don’t know about you but I sure could use a break. I thought I would try something a little different today and show you an anti-tutorial alternately titled, “learn from my fail”, or “How to succeed by doing exactly the opposite of what I did.”

I decided to make some cookie dough pops for an event where I needed to bring a treat to share. It is easy to do, you just use your favorite cookie dough recipe and replace each egg with 2 Tbsp of milk. I rolled them into balls.

Inserted the sticks

Then I popped them in the freezer to harden up before dipping. Here is where things went a muck. You are supposed to freeze them for 15-20 minutes but mine ended up being in the freezer 2.5 hours or so. Dinner and bedtime took precedence to dessert making. If firm is good, frozen solid is better, right? It would appear not.

I dipped and sprinkled all my pops and everything was hunky dory. After about 20 minutes or so out of the freezer, they all started to develop massive cracks. My thinking is that as they defrosted, they expanded and burst the chocolate coating. I went to bed mildly defeated.

Just one more reason, night photography is a bad idea. May I should not have watermarked this one. šŸ˜‰

This morning, the cracks were worse and a few of them had split so far they fell off their sticks. Before bed, I had consulted Facebook for ideas, and my favorite suggestions were to give them the hard sell and act like I meant to do it. My friend, Kelli, suggested calling them ‘fissure pops.’ I love it!

Without enough chocolate to re-dip them all, I drizzled white chocolate on them. I also removed them from the sticks so no more would fall off. I’m pretty sure the first bite you took would make the other half fall on the floor. No one wants to lose half their dessert to the floor. Some of the worst offenders I piled some chocolate on top and let them artfully ooze down the side.

They still aren’t pretty, but I’m going with it.

My husband declared them the best thing he has ever eaten, so I’m pretty happy with that. Even if they look crazy!
Have a great weekend and may your crafty endeavors be more successful than mine!




  1. says

    Geez! wish I had thought of that before devoring my ‘cracked’ pops. Yep, did the same thing, froze them for tooo long. I’m one of those people that if my dish didn’t turn out proper and can’t be served, I will then enjoy it myself. Oh, this really helps the waistline by serving ‘cracked popballs’.

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