Summer is a time for get-togethers with family & friends – barbeques, picnics, festivals & camping. This year, put a twist on your summertime classic with Silky Smooth DOVE® Dark Chocolate.
I’ve teamed up with DOVE Chocolate again this summer to create three fun summertime treats using DOVE Silky Smooth Dark Chocolates.
For this first recipe I’ve changed up the ordinary cake pop. Instead of making the pops with a cake mix and frosting, they’re made with a fudgy brownie mix and then dipped in luscious DOVE dark chocolate.
One of the fun things about baking with DOVE chocolates is reading the promises as you unwrap them. My favorite from the bag of dark chocolates I used in this recipe was:
Calories only exist if you count them.
I’m an off and on calorie counter, so I often tease about calories in what I bake not counting. Although, if you are a calorie counter, I estimate one of the brownie pops has about 250 calories, and they’re so rich, fudgy and delicious that they’re worth every single calorie.
Not only are they scrumptious, they’re super easy to make. The recipe starts with a family size box of fudgy brownie mix. Of course, if you make fantastic from scratch fudgy brownies feel free to substitute your homemade brownies in the recipe.
Once your brownies are baked, just cut off the edges and roll the fudgy brownies in to balls, put a lollipop stick in the middle and pop them in the freezer to firm up. You could toss the brownie edges in a freezer bag and use them in an ice cream sundae later, or do like I did and just nibble on them while you’re making the brownie pops.
Once your brownies are frozen, unwrap your Dove chocolates and melt them in the microwave. Adding a little shortening helps to thin out the chocolate for easier dipping.
I sprinkled the tops of my brownie pops with rainbow candy coated chips that I had in the pantry, but really any sprinkles you have would be a fun addition.
I liked being able to serve the pops on a tray, but if you wanted you could decorate the other end of the pop and put them in a colander or styrofoam to chill and serve.
These fun, easy-to-make treats would be perfect to serve at your next summer get together. I hope you’ll give them a try. My family loved them.
Easy Brownie Cake Pops
- 1 box family-size fudgy brownie mix*
- 1 bag (9.5 oz) Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate
- 2 teaspoons shortening
- Lollipop sticks
Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare brownies as directed on box, using the recommended oil, water and eggs for fudgy brownies. Pour batter in to a 9×9 pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake 28–30 minutes until edges are firm and middle is set. Allow to cool for at least one hour.
Remove cooled brownies from the pan and trim off the edges. Discard edges or reserve for another use.
Crumble the remainder of the baked brownies in to a large bowl. Use a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop to scoop brownies in to balls. Use your hands to smooth out the balls and place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper, parchment paper or a Silpat. Insert a lollipop stick in to each brownie ball. Freeze at least 2 hours.
In a microwave safe dish, heat Dove chocolate and shortening on 50% power for 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 30-second intervals on 50% power until melted and smooth.
Dip a pop in to the melted chocolate. If necessary, use a spoon to completely coat the pop with chocolate, then remove it letting the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Place on prepared baking tray. Scatter sprinkles on the top of the pop while the chocolate is still wet. Repeat with remaining pops. If the chocolate starts to get thick as it cools down, just microwave for 15 seconds.
Put the baking tray in to the fridge until ready to serve.
*I added two tablespoons flour for high altitude.
Compensation was provided by DOVE® Dark Chocolate via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dove or Momtrends.