Patriotic Pops

I brought these bad boys to the bbq yesterday.
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I was inspired by My Juice Cup and her Fourth of July cake pops- adorable.
I discovered this site via Pinterest, which still an obsession of mine and could possibly land me on the show "Intervention."

And I almost needed an intervention when I was having a food coloring melt down in the midst of making these.

You see, I know you can't just use regular old food coloring for tinting chocolate.  This stuff is great for icing and other such things.  But it is water-based, and any water in your melted chocolate will mess up the smooth consistency of the chocolate.  So this is a no go:
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So I bought the correct stuff to make my blue chocolate.  It is called "oil candy color" and the oil based stuff is perfect for your chocolate dying needs, right?  I even know that when making dark colors, you need to use a lot of coloring, so I did, and I got....lavendar.  Um...  red, white and lavendar?  AGHH!
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So I added more and I got a darker purple.  I was ready to march over to my cake store, which wasn't open on the fourth and tell them that this bottle had been mislabeled and they needed to pay for the emotional damage it caused.  Just when I was ready to throw my flag dreams out the window, I tried putting in a little more and it magically turned blue!  There was a magical ratio/turning point somewhere along the lines of using half the large bottle.  It worked!  If I added a little more, it might have even been navy like the label says.  But I was content with the deep royal blue.

I tell you this so you can avoid the frustration in tinting your chocolate.  There is always the option of buying the chocolate the color you want.  But there is a limited color scheme available, and around holidays, you might find the color you need is out of stock.

Long story short, my dreams of flag cake pops with stars and stripes came true.
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And I know you've seen enough 4th of July cookies, and it I know it's over, but I had to tell you that I tried Martha's idea.  Did you see her "fireworks" on the cover of LIVING this month?

They look a lot like the spider web cookies that Martha taught me how to do, years ago.

Yes, Martha and her cookie expert guest were the ones who started this cookie hobby of mine.
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I also tried to go out on a limb and do some other versions of fireworks cookies.
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And these fireworks are the grand finale for the patriotic treats for this year.
I hope you all had a safe and happy fourth!

16 comments:

  1. Wow. Those look amazing and turned out beautifully!

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  2. Those cake balls are PERFECT!! I am so impressed. Every photo in this post is absolutely gorgeous.

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  3. Love how they turned out!! You should be on Martha with you amazing skills!!

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  4. I love to make cookie pops. What a Grand way to display them for the 4th. XOXO

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  5. Your blog is killing me. I want to make all these beautiful treats so much. And I have a Pinterest problem as well. Especially with categorizing. Do I pin this post on a 4th of July board or my pretty baking board?

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  6. I love your patriotic cake pops, wonderful idea!

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  7. You are amazing!! Simply beautiful. If I saw these at my bbq I'm not sure I would have been able to eat them. Just stare at them!

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  8. So amazing! All of it! I love your patriotic cake pops, and those sugar cookies are brilliant!

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  9. That is the best version of those cookies I have seen! And those cake POPS holy moly those are BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  10. These pops are so fun!! So are all of your cookies :)

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  11. OH wow! Those pops are gorgeous!

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  12. I can just imagine how quickly these pops were snapped up at your barbecue - so cute!

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  13. OMG, these are sooooo cool. Bet you're popular with the school bake sale moms. I'd buy your cookies in a hearbeat!

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  14. I literally suck at Cake Pops. Can someone give me a recipe that you have to make this type of beautifully rounded cake pops? Please?

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    1. Hi Debi! I plan on putting together a "cake pop tips" post soon! But until then, my best tip is paramount crystals. Are you using those? When you get the right consistency of chocolate, they turn out a lot more smooth and round.

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  15. Very, very cute and your blue came out perfect! Blue is a tough one. :)

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