Pinterilious (n) state of getting a wild and crazy cooking/crafting/decorating idea and promising someone you can make that dream a reality without first checking supplies and/or talent.
My chocolate lollipops without the candy mold is the result of my recent bout with Pinterilious.
Well, you see, what had happen was…
Ever since my daughter won a red lollipop for finding the hidden turtle at Trader Joe’s, lollipops have been on her mind. One day, when I had serious case of Pinterilious, I promised ACat that we would make a lollipop.
My kid may forget to use the potty. She may not remember to keep crayons on paper. Her lollipops, however, are a different story.
“Mommy, you make my lollipop, a red one” must have played on a loop in my house. I had to make these lollipops.
Cue the obstacles – local stores were out of those picture perfect molds and we had no supplies in the house
Oh shit. This kid is going to kill me. Or even worse, jump in my bed in the middle of the night destroying any chance for sleep. I better produce a lollipop making activity pronto.
Maybe it was my inner MacGyver or my fairy Godmother, but the light bulb popped on and I got resourceful.
If you are looking for an easy cooking with kids recipe, my chocolate lollipops without the candy mold in one great option. No bake. Minimal mess. Options to individualize. It brings salt and sweet together in one happy place.
White Chocolate Lollipops without a Candy Mold
– 2 cups of White Chocolate Chips (best to use white chocolate if you intend to color the chocolate)
– 6 pretzel sticks (we used pretzels because we did not have Popsicle sticks, but I am going to pretend we used pretzels to get a sweet and salty taste).
– Sprinkles (we used red sprinkles because ACat wanted a red lollipop)
– Food Coloring (if you desire to color your lollipop)
1) Melt chocolate in a double boiler. To make a double boiler, grab a pot and fill it partly with water. Take a glass bowl and make sure it fits and that the water does not touch the bowl. Boil the water, once you have a good boil, place a bowl with chocolate over the pot of water. Use a spatula to gently stir the chocolate.
2) Once the chocolate has melted (do not let it go as far as a liquid, you want the mixture to have the consistency of play dough), add the sprinkles and food coloring and continue to mix. Extra sprinkles can be consumed by your child. See Exhibit A:
3) Remove the chocolate from pot (be careful, the bowl may be hot)
4) While the chocolate mixture cools a bit, lay out pretzels on the a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
5) Once the mixture is cool enough to work with, take a small chunk and roll and pat it into a circle 2 times the size of a quarter.
6) Put the chocolate circle on the wax paper sheet and put a pretzel stick at the bottom end of the circle.
7) Make another chocolate circle and put it on top of the circle and pretzel from step 6.
8) Repeat steps 5-7 until all of the chocolate is gone.
9) Store in an airtight container.
Yield 6-10, chocolate lollipops.