Foodie Friday: Brownie Pops...I'm Lovin' It...NOT!
What was I thinking...NO...what where THEY thinking! The Wilton folks that is...when they designed these Brownie Pops? I believe that they were trying to get in on the current industry craze with Cake Pops when they designed a cake pan mold for these Brownie Pops. AND I bought into it ;P
So after reading the instructions on the Wilton Pans, I washed my pans and gathered my ingredients:
Just the basices...brownie mix (unless you make yours from scratch ;) and whatever your mix requires to mix them, such as, eggs and oil. As well as whatever toppings you are going to put on your pops.
Simply mix your brownies according to the instructions for your specific mix (I switched mine because the Garedelli had chocolate chunks) and liberally coat your brownie pop pans with PAM or vegetable oil.
Fill each individual pop in your brownie pop pans 2/3 or 3/4 full...I used a melon-ball (or mini-muffin) scoop to fill my pops. Place your pans onto a flat backing sheet and place them into a pre-heated, 350 degree, oven for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes...according to the package directions [we'll get into this blatant printing error later :] remove the pan and insert your pop sticks. TRYING to keep them standing up can be an issue so you might want to wait until they've cooked a bit longer. Once you've got all the sticks in place, set the pan back into the oven for another 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes cooking time.
Once they are done, you have to let them cool down FIRST in their brownie pop pans until you are able to release them easily. Then you need to 'pop' them out and let them cool on a rack. Oh my...
- DH: "Why are you making those?" "Do you know what they look like?" "Big turds!"
- ME: "Nooooo...they are Brownie Pops".
- DH: "You mean Brownie Poop...ha...ha...ha."
ONE look at them again and I just could not argue with him! Can you?
So now it's time to decorate my "turds"...and since I was making these for St. Patty's Day...I decided to dip them into a cup of GREEN chocolate (wafers that I had melted in the microwave ;)
AND then I topped them off with some holiday sprinkles and set them into this handy-dandy Wilton box specifically designed to show-case your decorated pops in (oh yeah they have thought of everything).
Which is where they sat until the chocolate had set...I'm a little impatient so I set them in the refrigerator for a while ;) Then they are ready to be wrapped in their individual bags...
Oh boy...okay it's late at this point and me and DH were getting really punchy so bear with us, please, as I share more of our dialogue with you:
- DH: again..."Do you know what they look like NOW?"
- ME: "I know what I'm thinking...but I don't dare say it".
- DH: "Well...you know how you always refer to me as DH and I'm not referring to Darling Husband. I'm thinking the other DH... as in Dick Head"
- ME: "Yeah...they do look little Leprechaun Dick Heads. With green foreskins!"
- DH: "AND you think our guys are gonna eat those?"
- ME: "Well they will be pulling them off their sticks first...for sure...lol "
Can you see what I see? Flat bottoms/heads? So I read the fine print instructions once again...
Bake according to recommended temperature on recipe for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully insert cookie sticks into brownies. Continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes or until brownies test done. Place pan on cooling grid and cool completely. Cookie sticks can also be inserted after treat is cooled; secure with melted Candy Melts or chocolate. To remove baked goods, invert pan and apply gentle pressure to the bottom while gently peeling the pan away.
Yeah...I read it again...the part that says "cookie sticks can also be inserted after treat is cooled"...should say..."if you want them to look like those in our photo".
OR if you don't want them to look like "turds" or decorated "dick heads" wrapped in cellophane condoms!
Very SICK humor I know...but I'll bet that DH and I are just sayin' what you all are thinkin'.
Another misadventure with candy melts and molds...remember my Witches Sticks? I've come to the conclusion that following Wilton's decorating instructions are similar to trying to read sewing patterns...not so simple! Everything is written inverted...as when painting in the candy molds and in popping out your brownie pops...not for an extrovert. That is...someone who is way OUT THERE!
Anyone else way out there with me?
Do share your escapades and sick humor...I will so appreciate it all! Until then, hope you all have a wonderful weekend.