Choc-pops


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I’ve been meaning to try making choc-pops (or chocolate lollipops) for some time now, so as soon as I found myself with a short amount of time to myself where nothing pressing needed to be done (a rare occurrence!) I decided to give it a try. I’ve seen various blog posts all over the place showing how it’s done, but here’s how I did it.

  1. Melt some chocolate
  2. Set up some novelty cookie cutters on a tray lines with greaseproof paper.
  3. Spoon the melted chocolate into the cookie cutters, gently pushing the chocolate into all the edges.
  4. Leave to semi-set, then carefully remove the cookie cutters.
  5. Lay some lollipop sticks on the back of the chocolate shapes, ensuring the sticks go at least half way up the shape and pushing the sticks very gently into the soft chocolate.
  6. Add a little more chocolate over the stick to make sure it stays in place
  7. Pop the tray in the fridge to harden.
  8. When the chocolate has completely set, peel the paper off the back and hand to a small child to enjoy.

Quite simple, I think you’ll agree.

I’ve seen many methods of melting chocolate, from using the microwave to doing it on the stove top, but I find the easiest, no-mess, no-risk way to do it is this:

  • Boil the kettle
  • While the kettle boils, break up your chocolate and pop it in to a small bowl
  • When the kettle has boiled, pour water into a large mug.
  • Pop the chocolate-filled bowl on top of the mug of hot water.
  • Make yourself a cuppa with the rest of the boiled water from the kettle.
  • Enjoy your cuppa while the chocolate melts.
  • Take your empty cup back into the kitchen and, while you’re in there, give your chocolate a stir, making sure you have not let any water get into it.

By now, your chocolate should be nicely melted, and a bit of stirring will make sure there are no lumps in it. It sure beats standing by the microwave watching to see if you’ve overheated the chocolate (which results in ruined chocolate that you cannot use), or standing over the stove, stirring it and running the risk of getting water into your chocolate (which, again, will ruin it and render it unusable).

I also removed the cookie cutter molds just a tad too early, which made the gingerbread man and teddy bear choc-pops look a little blobby, but the star and heart still worked quite well. I also found that 100g of chocolate was enough for four decent-sized choc-pops. You might like to decorate your choc-pops with sprinkles, Smarties, chopped nuts, or coconut, but on this first attempt, I left mine plain. After all, chocolate is chocolate, and it’s just as enjoyable by itself as it is with extras on top.

This is a fun activity to do with kids on a rainy afternoon. Let them choose the chocolate they like best and whatever shapes they fancy, and then let them lick the spoon when they’re done. The only bit you might have to supervise (if your kids are very young) is the chocolate melting, but if you use my method, you can all be having a drink in another room at that point!

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