Last minute Halloween biscuit pops

For some reason, Halloween always seems to creep up on me and it’s a mad rush to make something edible. If you’re the same and need a last minute quick and easy ‘bake’ (there’s actually no baking involved!), give these biscuit pops a go. These are ideal for children to make.

Halloween biscuit pops

Halloween biscuit pops

1. Take each biscuit from a packet of Oreos (or any similar sandwich-style biscuit you like) and carefully lift off one of the biscuit halves.

Split each Oreo in half.

Split each Oreo in half.

2. Melt a few squares of white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water.

Melt the white chocolate.

Melt the white chocolate.

3. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the white chocolate. Then place this on the biscuit half with the filling on it.

Dip the lollipop stick in chocolate and place on the biscuit.

Dip the lollipop stick in chocolate and place on the biscuit.

4. Put a bit of melted chocolate on the other half of the biscuit then stick the biscuit back together and press down slightly.

Put melted chocolate on the biscuit.

Put melted chocolate on the biscuit.

Stick the biscuit back together.

Stick the biscuit back together.

5. Put each biscuit onto a lined baking tray then place the tray in the freezer. Leave to set for an hour or so.

Place on a tray and freeze.

Place on a tray and freeze.

6. Whilst the biscuits are in the freezer, melt half a bag of orange candy melts in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Alternatively, you can use white chocolate and add some orange food colouring gel.

7. Take one of the biscuit pops and, using a spoon to help you, cover it in the melted orange chocolate.

Dip the biscuits in the orange candy melts.

Dip the biscuits in the orange candy melts.

Cover the biscuit with melted chocolate.

Cover the biscuit with melted chocolate.

8. Add any sprinkles or sweeties you like. We didn’t have any specific Halloween sprinkles so used orange sugar sand, purple and orange sprinkles and some Halloween Haribo sweets. You could also use some writing icing (the sort in tubes that you can get in the baking section of the supermarket) or some black royal icing to add scary faces etc.

Decorate with sprinkles or sweeties.

Decorate with sprinkles or sweeties.

9. Place the covered and decorated biscuit pops on the lined baking tray. Leave at room temperature or place in the fridge until the chocolate has set.

Place on a lined baking tray.

Place on a lined baking tray.

Enjoy your yummy Halloween cake pops!! Great for giving to trick or treat visitors!

Halloween biscuit pops.

Halloween biscuit pops.

You can easily adapt these biscuit pops to suit other occasions. For Christmas, you could cover in white chocolate and decorate to look like snowmen.

Happy baking!

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Hot chocolate straws and spoons

My daughter and I found a recipe in one of her cookery books which inspired us to create these hot chocolate straws and spoons. She loves hot chocolate and these are really easy things for kids to make. They’d be great for children to give to their friends as little treats.

Ingredients and equipment:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • Sprinkles of your choice
  • 4-6 drinking straws
  • 6 or so plastic spoons
  • A few glasses (or plastic beakers) and plates
  • A heatproof bowl
  • A saucepan

How to make the hot chocolate straws:

1) Break the chocolate into pieces and place into the heatproof bowl.

Break the chocolate into pieces.

Break the chocolate into pieces.

2) Put a little bit of water into the bottom of the saucepan and place the bowl into the pan. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Place the saucepan onto a low heat and allow the chocolate to melt slowly. The water should be barely simmering. Stir the chocolate from time to time.

3) In the meantime, place each drinking straw into a glass or plastic beaker and put these into the fridge.

Put each straw into a beaker.

Put each straw into a beaker.

Place the beakers into the fridge.

Place the beakers into the fridge.

4) Once the chocolate has melted completely, pour it into a tall glass or jug.

5) Take each beaker and straw out of the fridge. Dip one end of the straw into the melted chocolate, swirling it around and tipping the glass to coat further up the straw.

Dip the straw into the melted chocolate.

Dip the straw into the melted chocolate.

6) Carefully place the straw back into it’s beaker, with the chocolate end pointing down. Then return the beaker and straw to the fridge.

Put the chocolate coated straw back into the beaker.

Put the chocolate coated straw back into the beaker.

7) Repeat this until you have coated all the straws.

8) Leave the straws in the fridge for 5 minutes. Then repeat the whole process twice more for each straw, so they have 3 layers of chocolate.

9) Whilst the third layer of chocolate is setting, put the sprinkles you have chosen onto a plate.

10) Take a straw out of the fridge and dip it into the melted chocolate again. Then hold it over the plate and use your fingers to drop some sprinkles onto the chocolate. Put the straw in the beaker and place back into the fridge for 15 minutes. Repeat this for all the straws.

Chocolate coated straws.

Chocolate coated straws.

How to make the hot chocolate spoons:

1) Make sure you have a couple of plates next to you to place the chocolate-dipped spoons on. You will also need a selection of sprinkles.

2) Take each spoon and dip it into the melted chocolate, making sure the back of the spoon is coated. Scoop up a bit of the chocolate with the front of the spoon but don’t fill it completely.

3) Drop some of your sprinkles into the melted chocolate on the spoon. Place the chocolated-dipped spoons onto a plate.

4) Put the plates of chocolate spoons into the fridge and allow to cool until completely set.

Hot chocolate straws and spoons.

Hot chocolate straws and spoons.

The straws and spoons will keep for a few days in the fridge. You can also package them up in cellophane bags, tied with pretty ribbon, and give them to your friends as little gifts. Remember to include some instructions on how to make up the hot chocolate (see below)!

To make up a mug of hot chocolate:

1) Place some milk into a heat-proof mug and stir in half a teaspoon of sugar (you can omit the sugar if you prefer).

2) Microwave the mug of milk for 1 – 1.5 minutes until steaming. Alternatively, you can heat the milk and sugar in a saucepan then pour into mugs.

3) Add one of the hot chocolate straws or spoons to your mug of hot milk. Stir the milk with the spoon or straw until the chocolate has melted.

Add a chocolate-coated straw or spoon to your hot milk.

Add a chocolate-coated straw or spoon to your hot milk.

4) Let the hot chocolate cool a little before drinking. If you chose a straw, you can use this to drink the hot chocolate!!

Enjoy your yummy hot chocolate!

Enjoy your yummy hot chocolate!