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Planters is celebrating this Holiday season by putting out some super yummy products! I got my hands on some Planters holiday nut crunch at Wal-Mart this week and since my kids have been BEGGING to make cupcakes, I decided to do them one better and make homemade cake pops. I have attempted cake pops before they were a complete fail. So I came back and decided to figure out how to make these little slices of Heaven!
This step-by-step tutorial is a no-fuss guide to making the perfect cake pops but there are steps you need to know in order to make these a success! They aren’t hard to make but there are some little secrets I will let you in on.
First you need to grab your favorite Planters Holiday Nut crunch. At Wal-Mart there is this super cute Planters Nut Sleigh display that you cannot miss! Next time you are in Wal-Mart, look for this to find these specialty nuts.
Below are the kinds of nut you can find on the instore display at Wal-Mart:
- Holiday Nut Crunch
- Cocoa Almonds
- Brittle Nut Medley
- Winter Spiced Mix
- Holiday Collection Tin
And my little girl is just like me, the way to her heart is sweets!
First you bake a regular boxed cake mix according to the directions. I chose a devil’s food cake but you can also choose a white cake.
Let the cake cool then call in your best helpers to crush up the cake into a big bowl. You should have seen the look on these boys’ faces when I told them to tear up this cake…priceless!
Next add 1 can of icing. Mix until it’s spread throughout and it looks like this:
Next roll the “dough” into balls and set on a baking sheet. It’s better to err on the side of smaller balls than larger ones because once you add all the toppings they can get really heavy and fall off the sticks. Line it with either wax paper or a silicone baking sheet. Then place the baking sheet in the freezer. You can freeze overnight or just for an hour or so.
Next is a crucial step! Get the pops out of the freezer. Melt 2 squares of your almond bark. Dip the end of the cake pops sticks in the melted bark and stick in the balls. Be careful not to push all the way through. When you are done with all the sticks, place the pops in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish them. Dipping the sticks in chocolate helps keep the sticks attached to the balls.
Next, round up your toppings. First I got a bag of kettle corn from a local shop but you can also use just a bag of popcorn. You need to smash up the popcorn into smaller pieces or just grab the bottom kernels in the bag that are already small.
Put the popcorn in a bowl. Next open the crushed up peppermint and place in a bowl. Lastly, get your Planters Holiday Nut Crunch. You will need your food processor to pulse this mix up a little. Not too much because you still want some texture but enough to where you can cram as much of it as you want on the cake pop.
Below is how much I crushed up the nuts. I left them a little chunky.
Now the fun part! First leave your cake pops in the fridge and take them out one by one when your ready to dip them in the chocolate. Melt 4 squares of your almond bark according to the package.
Do not dip the balls in right away. Let the chocolate cool for about 30 second. Next, carefully dip the balls in the chocolate. It’s sometimes hard to get the tops of the pops covered so use a spoon if you need to. Next let the extra chocolate drip off. Now this is important. If you start adding the toppings too soon, it will make the balls too heavy and they will drip off. Let the chocolate cool for about a minute then add the popcorn, peppermint and then top them off with the Planters Holiday Nut Crunch.
Once you start making these, pull out your colander and let the pops dry by sticking them through the holes in the colander. The good thing about this is once you dip these in chocolate, it forms a barrier around the cake and will keep the cake moist for a while!
Every Christmas I love to make Christmas cookies with the kids. This year why not try and make cake pops with them?! I let the kids dip their own, and decorate them as well and they had a blast making them and eating them.
- Planters Holiday nut Crunch
- 1 bag of crushed peppermint
- 1 cake mix (and items you need to bake it) I used Devils food
- 1 tub icing
- 1 bag of popcorn
- white chocolate almond bark
- cake pop sticks
- Bake the cake according to the directions on the box and let cool.
- Crumble up the cake in a big bowl.
- Add the tub of icing and mix with the cake.
- Roll the “dough” into balls and set on baking sheet and put in the freezer.
- Melt 2 squares of the almond bark.
- Take balls out of freezer. Dip end of pop sticks in the almond bark and stick into balls.
- Put in fridge until ready to finish making.
- Melt 4 squares of the almond bark and take out one by one and cover the balls in white chocolate. While the balls are not dried yet, put all toppings on.
- Let cool then serve.
If you want to have even more fun with Mr. Peanut check out the Blippar app! You can scan your Planters Holiday Nut products, and a hologram pops of of Mr. Peanut! I had to show my kids because I told them it was snowing inside our house! haha!
You can get more info. on the seasonal nuts and you can even take a Selfie with Mr. Peanut and more! This App is actually really awesome! It uses image reconigtion to identify the product then creates a whole world right on your phone with fun things to do, recipes and even a loyalty program for you to check out. I had to show my husband because it was really cool!