Pop rocks are making a comeback! The explosive little sweets are creating sweet little thunderstorms in everything from ice cream to cocktails – try using them to rim your martini glass. They’re often coated in white chocolate first to protect them from the elements, saving their popping power for that moment when they wind up in your mouth. It occurred to me they’d make a great addition to white chocolate-coated cake pops – and they pop rocked our world! Pop goes your pop!
It goes without saying that these would be perfect for a kids’ birthday party. You could, of course, make your cake pops from scratch, but I like to skip the baking, crumbling, stirring and chilling and just pick up some cake doughnut holes. Cake in ball form is all you really need, right? Easy.
Melt some chopped white chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave on medium power – it can burn and seize easily. Add a dab of butter if you like to help get things going.
Pick up a pack of Pop Rocks – a package will decorate about a dozen pops if you don’t have little fingers dipping into them.
Poke a wooden or paper lollipop stick into each doughnut hole and dip them in the melted chocolate, rolling them around to coat. You could use dark chocolate instead, but the colourful pop rocks show up so well on white.
I used the lid of a flour shaker to hold them upright – or a wad of play dough works well.
Let them stand until they cool and set. That’s it.
You could, of course, wrap each in cellophane and give them away as gifts, or tuck into loot or lunch bags. How to win friends and influence kids.
Pop go your pops!