Halloween Oreo Pops
Welcome! I’m thrilled to give this blog its big debut just in time for Halloween. Nothing can replace Christmas as my most-anticipated holiday of the year, but Halloween may just be my favorite holiday to make treats for. While most holidays call for cutesy or elegant desserts, Halloween is your one opportunity to whip up goodies that are odd, creepy or just plain gross (well, gross-looking anyway – they still need to taste good!).
For my first Halloween treat of the year, I started with the Oreo – a cookie that’s legendary all on it’s own – and made it even better by dipping it in creamy chocolate and topping it with colorful sprinkles, sugars and glitters.
The method for making these Oreo pops is super simple, and they offer an opportunity to get as creative as you want with the ingredients you have on hand. In addition to the obvious assortment of sprinkles, I also used chocolate molds to make candy skulls to place on some of the pops. The molds are quite affordable (I think the one I used was $3 or less), but there’s no need to run out and buy a bunch of supplies for this project; some Halloween-themed sprinkles and a jar of sanding sugar provide plenty in the way of decoration.
A few things to note:
Using Double-Stuff Oreos is a must, and not just because more creamy filling is always better. The filling in regular Oreos isn’t thick enough to hold the lollipop sticks, so your Oreos will end up falling right off.
Opt for thin lollipop sticks; ideally, you want each stick to sink completely into the filling. The ones pictured here are pretty thick and I managed to make it work, but I had a few pops that were ruined.
I found that my candy melts were just a bit too thick to create a smooth surface to cover the Oreos. If the same thing happens to you, stirring in a bit of shortening solves the problem beautifully; start with 1 tsp. per 1/2 bag of candy melts and add more as needed until you achieve the consistency you want.
To make these Halloween Oreo pops you’ll need:
- 1 bag of Double-Stuff Oreos
- 25-30 lollipop sticks
- Parchment or wax paper
- Candy melts in the colors of your choice (I used black, white, orange and green)
- Sprinkles and decorations of your choice (I used Halloween sprinkles, edible glitter and skull chocolate molds)
- Vegetable shortening (optional: see my note above)
- If using chocolate molds, melt the candy melts and fill the molds, refrigerating until completely set.
- Carefully twist the tops off the Oreos and lay the cookies on a piece of parchment or wax paper.
- Use a lollipop stick to make a deep indentation in the filling of each cookie (photo below).
- Melt the candy melts according to package directions, adding shortening if needed to thin the consistency. I prefer to work with one color at a time.
- Dip a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate and drizzle some over the indentation in each cookie; this acts as “glue” to hold the sticks in place (photo below).
- Secure the sticks in the indentations of each cookie (photo below).
- Gently but firmly press the tops onto each cookie (photo below).
- Let the pops sit for 5 minutes while the chocolate hardens. You can put them in the fridge to make the “glue” even stronger, but I didn’t bother to and they turned out fine.
- Dip a pop into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to cover the whole cookie if needed; let the excess drip off and set the pop onto the parchment paper.
- Add your decorations: top with sugars and sprinkles, press on chocolate skulls, drizzle with candy melts in contrasting colors or dip one end of the pop into a cup of sprinkles.
- Set the pop back onto the parchment paper and let harden for 20 minutes or longer.
- Repeat using different colors if desired.
This is a great project to get the kids involved with since there’s so much opportunity for creativity. And if one pop doesn’t turn out as planned, there’s still another 30 or so they can use to try again!
The pops also make perfect favors for a Halloween party. Place each one in a cello bag, tie with black and orange ribbon and you’ve got a professional-looking treat to give each party guest.
If you run out of sticks (or you don’t feel like buying them in the first place), chocolate-covered Oreos are another option. Just balance an Oreo on a fork and dip it into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to help cover the entire surface. Let the excess drip through the tines of the fork, place the Oreo on parchment paper and decorate!