So I wasted basically the whole day on Tuesday planning our ride strategy for Disneyland.
(In case you're wondering, we're not going until October, but us OCD freaks really like to plan. Like REALLY like to plan. I have our entire packing list typed up, have been brainwashing our 3 year old with DisneyParks videos on Netflix for awhile now, and am appalled at how few Halloween costumes are available in July. Really now. Come on Target.).
In case you didn't know there is a strategy that works best. If you would like to know a fun fact about me, it is that I am pretty much a Disney expert. Which means I am also a nerd. I know all about the "secret" bathroom, California Adventure's unofficial opening 1/2 hour before posted, and the real skulls that are stuck in the walls of Pirates of the Caribbean.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, congratulations, you probably have a life. If you do, we should probably be BFF's.
I digress. I'm reallly excited about Disneyland this year. So after I spent a day being a crappy parent and reading DIS forums and letting my 3 1/2 year old entertain himself with gumddrops and toothpicks all day (which he made me a space station out of, and cried when I eventually threw away), I needed to make it up to him. And myself.
Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops
-Double Stuff Oreos (make sure they're Double Stuf)
-1 pouch or container miniature Oreos
-CK candy writer in brown, black, or white (If you can find this in a local store it's cheap. If you can't you could probably use homemade royal frosting. You just need something that dries quickly to rock hard consistency.)
-Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips (Please use something good! It makes all the difference)
-Vegetable oil or shortening
-Red candy melts
-White confetti sprinkles, and pink heart sprinkles
In a bowl, melt your chocolate chips at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Do not overheat. Add a little vegetable oil or shortening. How much depends on how much chocolate you use. Start with a little (1 tsp) and add until you have a good dipping consistency (I think I used around 1 Tbsp). Be careful not to add too much or your pops won't set correctly.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Dip each stick in a little chocolate and then slide into an Oreo cookie. (The chocolate will be the cement that holds your stick in the cream). You want your stick to be almost all the way through. Some of your cookies will break. Just reuse the stick on a different cookie.
Heat your candy writer in a bowl of hot water. Use it to attach two miniature Oreos to each pop to form ears. (Just use it like glue- dab a gob on each mini cookie and press against "head") Place each Mickey onto cookie sheet and move to the freezer. It should take only a few minutes for the candy coating to harden.
Remove from freezer. You may need to reheat your chocolate chips if they have thickened too much. Be sure to microwave at 50% power or less.
Carefully spoon chocolate onto each Mickey stick and allow excess to drip back into your chocolate bowl. It helps to hold your mickey ears down so the weight of the chocolate doesn't break the ears off. Place each Mickey stick back on cookie sheet and add confetti or bows as desired. (To form a bow, place two heart sprinkles together with points touching, then top with a confetti sprinkle). Freeze several minutes or until firm.
To make stick-less Mickeys, "glue" on ears as described above with CK candy writer. Heat your red candy melts at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Dip each cookie straight down into the coating, shake off excess, and place on sheet. Decorate with white confetti sprinkles.
Wrap in cello bags and add some ribbon and you're set!
Submitted to Cast Party Wednesday
Submitted to Creations By Kara
Submitted to At Home With Haley