This cute treats are perfect for Valentine’s Day – from their strawberry Pop Tart and cake frosting filling to their pleasantly pink candy coating! A riff on cake pops, these sprinkle-topped bites are easy to munch on while mingling at a party. Bunches of pops wrapped in a ribbon make for the best bouquet your Valentine could ever hope to receive.
This post is part of February‘s Our Growing Edge Blogging Event. The theme is, of course, love! This month will be hosted by Chinelo of Good Cake Day. This post fits the theme perfectly since you’re going to love these adorable, pink cake pops.
The ingredients list is shockingly short. 1 box of pop tarts, half a tub of frosting and some candy melts. You could easily switch up the flavors for this recipe but the artificial, sickly sweetness of fake strawberry flavor just really suits the holiday!
Check out the sweets below for more Pop Tarty goodness and some fun facts about the brand. You’ll never guess what the US Military airdropped 2.4 million of into Afghanistan! (Or maybe you will.) No food history for this post. Instead I’ll go into exhaustive detail about the assembly process. Fun!
Who knew Pop Tarts were so easily destructible? Break them into large chunks, toss them in a food processor and they’ll be dust in a matter of seconds. Transfer the crumbs to a mixing bowl and work in the frosting with your hands. Shape into little balls. I had to keep reminding myself that they weren’t made of raw meat. Totally looks like raw meat.
Pop the balls in the freezer and then set up your assembly station. Melt the vanilla/white candy coating and mix in food coloring, of your choice. I wanted a solid color here so I mixed in the food coloring until smooth. You can get a ‘swirled’ effect by not mixing in the coloring fully. You could also use white chocolate for this but I find the candy coating a little easier to work with. Generally, I don’t like the artificial, intensely sweet taste of most candy coatings but it works well with the Pop Tarts. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, count out 24 lollipop sticks and pick your sprinkles.
When coating the pops, I set them on their heads inside the melt and make tray and then used a spoon to cover the dough with coating. I also filled in any spaces between the dough and the lollipop stick with coating and added coating a small way down the lollipop stick. This will help the dough stay on the stick. Use a spoon to gently push off any excess candy coating. Too much coating on your pops will leave a bad taste in your mouth! I crack myself up!
Most traditional cake pop recipes will have you stick the pop in a Styrofoam block to set up so that it stays nice and round. Unfortunately, these dough balls are a little too heavy for that and may fall off of the stick if left upright for too long before setting. I laid them down on their sides. Allow them to set for 10-20 minutes and you’re done!
Special thanks to Kelsey, the lovely corporate catering manager at Limited Brands who came to speak to my hospitality management class earlier this week. She is very knowledgeable about the business and gave us all some good pointers. She is also secure enough to lug 60 tiny stuffed PINK dogs around one of the largest university campuses in the country. Free samples really make waking up for class worthwhile!
That’s what I think of your dumb dog.
Strawberry Pop Tart Pops
8 frosted strawberry-filled pop tarts, broken into pieces
6 oz strawberry frosting (or vanilla plus strawberry jelly, to taste)
16 oz vanilla Candiquik coating in melt & make tray (or white chocolate morsels)
Pink food coloring, optional
24 lollipop (or popsicle) sticks
Place pop tart pieces in a food processor and grind into fine crumbs.
Combine crumbs and frosting in large mixing bowl.
Shape dough into 24 small balls and place in freezer for 15 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt candiquik in microwave and mix in food coloring, if using.
Remove balls from freezer and put them on sticks.
Dip balls into candiquik.
Top with sprinkles, if using.
Place on baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining pops.
Leave pops on baking sheet until candiquik is set. (This will only take about 15 minutes or so.)