I had the honor to be Santa’s little helper for our church and I got to make 70 cake pops! I loved every minute of it! I made Santas, Elves and Reindeer. This post is for Santa, but the Elves and Reindeer are on their way!
What you will need:
· Cake balls or truffle balls - I used a cake pop maker to make my cake balls from a cake mix. But, you could make the traditional cake ball method from Bakerella (the QUEEN of cake pops).
· Lollipop sticks
· Pink, Yellow, White and Red Chocolate Candy Wafers
· Paramount Crystals (They make the chocolate very smooth. But, you could use shortening too)
· Edible Black Food pen (or use a little dark chocolate)
· White candies - I used white M&Ms. But, you could use white gumballs, jaw breakers or anything round-ish
· Drying Rack (or a large Styrofoam block)Steps:
1) To make the Caucasian skin color: Mix 1 part yellow, 2 parts white and 4 parts pink in a bowl. Keep in mind that the chocolate will dry a little darker and pinker than when it’s wet. I also added a teaspoon of Paramount Crystals (or a teaspoon of Shortening). Melt the chocolate according to the instructions or follow mine.
3) Time to dip! Make sure the skin colored chocolate is at the perfect temperature (No dry chocolate on the sides of the bowl and if you put a small amount of chocolate on your lip you don’t feel anything- no heat and not cold). If it’s not the perfect temperature, put it back into the microwave for ten second intervals at 50% power until it’s perfect.
4) Dip the balls into the flesh colored chocolate. DO NOT STIR! Try to cover the whole ball in one dipping. Tap off the excess by gently tapping the stick against your wrist or the edge of the bowl. Place in the drying rack (or a block of Styrofoam). I double dipped the pops (dipped, dried and then dipped again) to make sure I had a smooth surface.
The ones on the left are double dipped. The right, only once. Can you see the difference.5) Now to decorate!! Melt 8 oz. of red chocolate. Dip a little less than half of the ball into the red chocolate and place in the drying rack. Add your white candy for the ball on top of the red before it is dry!
7) If you would like rosy cheeks, grab a red chocolate wafer. Rub your finger over the chocolate until a little chocolate transfers to your finger. Rub on the cheeks for a cute rosy glow!
8) Time for the White stuff! Melt about 4 oz of white chocolate. Use your toothpick to place a line of chocolate around the edge of the hat (for the fur trim). Use the toothpick to swirl the chocolate so it looks like fur.
10) Use the edible pen to add eyes and a smile.
Some supplies I used on Amazon: