Friday, March 25, 2011

Making Brownie Pops {What I Learned}

If you remember a couple weeks ago, I reposted an idea from Attention To Detail for Brownie Pops. I learned a valuable lesson that I shouldn't repost others ideas without trying them myself first. I planned on making them for Chloe's birthday. From what I can gather the original recipe/idea came from Crazy Domestic. But, this same photo and two versions of directions are the only thing I could find on the web about "brownie pops." So it seems to me that everyone {myself included} was just reposting the same photo. There were never any new tips.

I made these and I want to share what I learned and what I would do differently. I made three different versions of brownie pops. I made two versions starting by pouring my prepared brownie mix into 9x13 inch pans. I made another batch of brownies, this time using the batter in mini muffin tins.

The first 9x13 inch pan, I cut the brownies like this,
according to the directions floating around the web:

The second 9x13 inch pan, I used a round cutter to make these circles:

Here is what the mini's looked like:
Dipping these were difficult to say the least. The large rectangular ones were the most difficult because of their size. While the mini's were obviously the easiest.
I set up wax paper with sprinkles on it, dipped the brownie into the melted candy, laid it on the paper, and shook more sprinkles on the top. Does that make sense? The mini's I just dipped the tops in a small bowl of sprinkles.
Here's what you don't know by looking at the Crazy Domestic Brownie Pop photo floating around. Those brownies only have candy coating on one side. Now that is probably a good thing taste wise, because the candy coating is a bit much on those large popsicles. I covered mine entirely, and it was just way too much for the kids. It was too big and not the easiest thing to eat. However, on the mini's it's perfect. If I did it again I would make the mini's or maybe the rounds. They are very pleasing to the eye but honestly, brownie's are so much better without the candy coating! I might consider only dipping them halfway next time, so you get the added color, but so that it doesn't take too much away from the flavor of the brownie itself.

So clearly the winner are the mini's, pictured at the top of this post! 
Have any of you made these? Do you have any tips to share?


alicia said...

Great tips. Thanks! Never tried them before...

Jade said...

Thanks for the tips. They look great.

Mary said...

They all look wonderful to me, but I appreciate your honest evaluation of the problems you encountered with some of the shapes. This is my first visit to your blog so I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really appreciate the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Julie said...

Wow! I love pops of any kind. This is on my list to try, so cute!!

The Farm Girl

Sue said...

I haven't made them, but I want to:) Thanks for your input. I sure do like the looks of the brownie popsicles though. They all look great! Have a great weekend, Lil!

Dawn said...

These look so fun!! I'm going to try them! Stopping by from the relax and surf hop, and following you now! Can't wait to read more!

Stephanie said...

Hmmm...I wonder if there is something less sweet you can use to give them color. I am not a baker but I am sure someone out there is. I just saw this on Underthetableanddreaming and fell in love with the Popsicle ones, but after reading what you said, I guess they look prettier than they taste with all that candy covering them.

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My kids would absolutely adore these, love them!