Back to school is just around the corner and today I’m sharing a fun and super easy recipe that is the perfect lunchbox treat. My chocolate Pocky pops use everyone’s favorite sweet snack as an edible lollipop stick, making it fun for kids to eat. They are so tasty too that I bet you’re going to want one too!
These pops take less than 30 minutes to make and can be stored at room temperature when they’re done. Just place them in a small glassine or plastic bag to make them lunchbox ready. And the best part is that they can be customized to your liking. Top each chocolate pop with your favorite sprinkles, candy, or even crushed Pocky bits.
Watch the video below to see just how easy these pops are to make!
Remove the Pocky from the box and place on a cutting board. Cut off about half of the biscuit end. Repeat with all the other flavors you are using.
Working with one type of chocolate at a time, place half in a glass bowl. Heat for 1 minute at 50% power. Stir and heat again in 15 second intervals (always at 50% power) until it’s completely melted. It will likely only take a minute and fifteen seconds to a minute and a half for the chocolate to be completely melted. It’s best to remove it from the microwave before it looks fully melted. When you stir it, it will finish melting. If you overheat the chocolate it will become lumpy and when this happens there’s no going back!
Use a small spoon (dessert or appetizer tasting spoons work great) to spoon some of the melted chocolate into each mold so it is filled half way. Place a Pocky stick inside each mold and top the pop portion with chocolate so it is filled just about all the way. Carefully tap the filled chocolate mold on the counter so the chocolate becomes level.
While melted, top the back of each pop with your favorite toppings. Place the entire tray in the freezer for 10 minutes and then they are ready to be enjoyed!
The Cookies & Cream Pocky makes for the tastiest treats! Right after filling the candy mold, I topped both white and dark chocolate with cookies and cream cookie crumbs to give the pops a yummy crunch. Chocolate Banana Pocky and Strawberry Pocky make cute and colorful pops. Top each of these pops with rainbow sprinkles, like these confetti quins, which I adore because the look just like real confetti.
If you love all things matcha like I do then you’ll absolutely love these Matcha Green Tea Pocky pops. Just after filling the molds, dust the melted chocolate with matcha powder. I found it easiest to use a tiny mesh sieve, that I keep on hand for sprinkling powdered sugar on sweets.
I’m big on snacks. I’m always down for a savory bite (or two or three). I often find myself crazy hungry between meals so I’m always on the hunt for savory snacks that are tasty and healthy too. Because though I do love sweets and it’s all about balance, right? While skimming the snack aisle at the grocery store, I stumbled upon Harvest Snaps. The crisps go great with this fresh herb dip. It’s one of my all time favorite dips and it can be made in just about 5 minutes.
If you’re not familiar with the little pod shaped snacks, they are snapea and lentil bean crisps. They meet two of my ideal snack criteria: they are loaded with flavor and they are low carb (not to mention high protein and gluten free too). They come is a variety of flavors but Wasabi Ranch and Black Pepper are my fave. And their french fry like shape make them oh-so-perfect for dipping.
This easy to make dip is perfectly packable and makes a great on the go snack or lunchtime side. I love using bento boxes for their tidy organzion so I customized some with a super easy DIY. Watch the video below to see how to make the skinny green goddess dip and keep reading to see how to make your own pretty floral bento boxes.
5 Minute Fresh Herb Dip
makes 10 servings
½ cup packed parsley leaves
½ cup packed dill
½ cup packed basil leaves
1 scallion, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic
¼ cup light mayonnaise
½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste Harvest Snaps, in your favorite flavor
optional: 2 anchovy fillets—they add great flavor to the dip, add some if you love them!
Coarsely chop the scallion. Place the parsley, dill, basil, scallion and garlic clove in the bowl of a food pressor or blender. Pulse a few times and process until finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste and then enjoy with your favorite Harvest Snaps!
Wipe down the top lid of your bento box to remove any dust. Use scissors to cut around a grouping of flowers on the printed gift wrap.
Apply a thin coat of dishwasher safe mod podge to the area of the lid where you will apply the floral paper. Then apply a thin coat of mod podge to the back side of the cut out floral paper (I like to use a scrap piece of paper for this). Carefully place it into position on the lid of the bento box. Use your fingers to smooth out any bubbles and allow it to dry for an hour. Apply a second coat of mod podge and allow that to dry for one more hour. Finally, apply a third thin coat and allow that to dry completely.
To be fully (top rack) dishwasher safe, the directions on the mod podge container state that it must cure, or air dry, for 28 days. I recommend sticking to that time frame before washing the lid. Although for best care of your bento box and the decorated lid, I recommend always hand washing.
August is just around the corner and that means it’s time to update your wallpaper! It sure still feels like summer so the August 2016 wallpaper features cute drink umbrellas. So next time you’re working on your computer you’ll feel like you’re laying by the pool sipping a pretty cocktail with a drink umbrella in it! Or at least you can pretend, right?
Want more free wallpapers? Check out every one I’ve created over the years over on the wallpaper page. And if you just adore the drink umbrella illustrations, you can purchase the vector and hi-resoltuion files here for use in your own designs!
If it weren’t so darn hot, I’d want summer to last forever! Besides popsicles, beach bike rides and barbecues, one of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of summer produce. And this year it seems summer fruit is the star. And I don’t mind one bit. I’d gladly put a cute summer fruit print anything and everything. That’s why I designed these free printable summer fruit placements. Just download, print and enjoy!
The placemats are formatted to fit an 11″ x 17″ sheet of paper. You can download the file and take it to your local copy shop to get them printed. Or if you’re like me and love to print out tons of stuff, I highly recommend investing in a large format printer. I purchased the Canon PIXMA iX6820 last year and have been so happy with it. It’s a rather compact ink jet large format printer and prints as large as 13″ x 19″! I use it for printing placemats, art prints (hello instant wall art), and even used it to test the scale of the horse wallpaper I made. (This post isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to share about some of the tools I use day in and day out).
I printed my placemats on matte presentation paper. It’s similar to copy paper but has an ultra bright white side that makes colors really pop.
This week flew by as I’ve been playing catchup since being in Florida last week. Only one more full week before we head on our big trip of the year! So this weekend and next week are going to be busy for me! We’ll be traveling to London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Have you visited any of those cities before? Please leave a comment and let me know what we can’t miss! I’m making a big list of all the places we want to check out.
4 DIYs to try
These citrus shelves will add some summer color to your home year round.
Loving palm print on everything including this cute pencil case (that can double as a summer clutch).