We held Eva’s Red Egg and Ginger party in the meeting space of my family’s church, where a lot of our family events our held. (Our wedding reception was there just a couple of years ago.) It’s a large room and it can be a little tricky to decorate, since you feel like you need a lot of something to fill the space.
Rather than buying large centerpieces to decorate each of the tables, I decided to do a lot of small things grouped together. We did a collection of cakes, cupcakes, candy jars, and jars holding these: dipped Oreo pops. Mmmmm…
Making dipped oreo pops is easy. You just need a bag of Oreos, a bag of lollipop sticks, a bag of candy melts in your desired color, and a roll of parchment paper. (I purchased the lollipop sticks and candy melts at the local fabric store.)
Step one: carefully insert the lollipop sticks into the Oreos, far enough to hold them securely. This is a little tricky, because the cookies want to break and separate, so be gentle. If the cookie does crack, but you can keep it more or less together, it will still work as an Oreo pop.
Step two: microwave the candy melts in a coffee mug according to the package directions. When the candy melts are ready, grab a butter knife and start spreading the melted candy over the Oreos. I know that it seems like it would be easier to just dip the cookie into the melted candy, but cookies that are truly dipped turn out lumpier and less pretty. Plus, most of the time the cookie ends up being too crumbly to be dipped.
Step three: Place the candy-covered Oreo on parchment paper to dry. If you’d like to add sprinkles, you have a small window of time before the candy hardens. I’ve also seen people add marshmallows, Rice Krispies, crumbled Oreos, or chopped nuts, but I’m a purist.
Step four: Set the cookies in the fridge for at least three hours, but preferably overnight. The colder they are, the less likely they are to break when you pull them off the parchment paper.
NOTE: I also dipped cookies in milk chocolate. To do that, follow the instructions above, but instead of using candy melts, use chocolate chips and a tablespoon of Crisco. (I actually used Hershey bars that I purchased on sale and they were pretty delicious…kind of like an Oreo that happened to also be a Hershey kiss.)
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I made around 75 Oreo pops for about $7, not counting the cost of the sprinkles since we already had them. I was able to get a great deal on both the Oreo cookies and the Hershey bars I melted at Target by doubling up on coupons. Since Target accepts both Target coupons and manufacturer coupons on the same item, I got around $2 off of each item. Add to that the fact that the Oreos were on clearance because they were the springtime Oreos (which just meant they were yellow on the inside) and the Oreos ended up being only 55 cents per package.
To download and print Target coupons, you can use this link. If you’re a big Target shopper like I am, you might also want to peek at Totally Target, a coupon blog that tracks sales and consistently has posts on couponing items at Target down to less than ten cents.