Sunday, November 8, 2009

Street Party

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Sesame Street. Pop Party. This Tuesday, November 10th is the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street. Can you believe it. 40 years and the muppet mania continues. I’ve received no less than 1,299,347 requests for Elmo Cake Pops since I started turning my pops into characters more than a year ago. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little on the number. But seriously … Elmo has been one of the most requested pops. So I decided to finally put what’s been in my head on a lollipop stick.

And it didn’t hurt that just last week I found the perfect candy for Elmo’s ping-pong-like-eyes. Actually … all of their eyes.

Candy

Solid white. Perfectly round. Perfect size. And perfect. I found them at Wal-Mart. They were in the card and party supply aisle – not in the candy aisle. I stumbled on them and grabbed a bunch of bags and in different colors, too. It never fails.… As soon as I find something I like, it will be discontinued the next time I look for it.

But don’t worry. You can also use white m&m’s, white chocolate coated espresso beans or any other similar white candy you might be lucky enough to stumble on.

To make your own Sesame Street Cake pops, follow the basic cake pop instructions and use the following tips to decorate.

Elmo Cake Pops

Elmo’s noses are simply orange jelly beans. Elmo’s mouth is made of candy melts cut in half, and his eyes are drawn on with an edible ink pen.

Red Candy Coating

To decorate all of these characters, dip them in colored candy coating first.

Elmo in progress

While the coating is wet, attach the mouth and eyes and let dry. When the attachments are dry, you can use a toothpick to drizzle on more coating.

Let me stop here and tell you. This is time consuming. I wanted them all to have the effect of a furry coat, but you can certainly try another method to speed things up. For instance, they can just be smooth and you can pipe the mouths on with black candy writers or draw them on with an edible ink pen.

Elmo in progress

But I took the long way, since this was a special occasion. You’ll need to drizzle, dab, and dot all over the cake pop. Or at least all over the front of the pop. I won’t tell. Make sure to layer the coating around the mouth. You’ll need to build up a base around the edges to make it look more realistic and less stuck on.

Cookie Monster Cake Pops

Use the same technique for Cookie Monster. His mouth is bigger than Elmo’s so I tried to shape a lip this time with the candy melts.

Oscar the Grouch Cake Pops

Oscar. Let’s talk about Oscar. After I made the first two characters, I wasn’t completely happy with the mouths, so I tried a different technique with the Grouch and I think he liked it. Instead of one candy melt attached to the front, cut the candy melt in half and use both pieces to form an open mouth. This is a little harder because you have to re-shape the cake balls to somewhat in a C-shape (if you were to look at it from the side). This is so the mouth has somewhere to sit. If you try to make the mouth on the outside of the round ball, it won’t look right. Hope that makes sense. Don’t forget to build up the green around the mouth so it looks seamless. Again… these were some work.

Also, Oscar’s eyes are different than the others. His are inset instead of sitting on top of the pop. To achieve the look, cut the candy pieces in half and attach them. When dry, use a brown candy writer or chocolate candy coating and pipe on eyebrows. His tongue is a red jumbo heart sprinkle with the point cut and rounded off.

Heart Sprinkles

Here are the candy melts and how you can cut them for each character.

Candy Melts

If you can’t find dark chocolate melts, then chocolate coins might work. You’ll have to experiment with the sizes though.

Chocolate Candy Coins

I almost used these, but I stuck with the candy melts because I didn’t have enough coins.

Now for Big Bird. I love Big Bird.

Big Bird Cake Pops

I gotta tell you, when I started making these, I had no idea how I would pull this big guy off. First, I thought yellow sugar pearls or mini yellow m&ms, but none of those looked right for his feathers. So I used sanding sugar sprinkled on top after drizzling to make him look fluffier. His eyelids are decorated with a pink and a blue edible ink pen. His beak is candy corn with the end cut off to make it easier to attach.

Candy Coating

Dip the candy corn in yellow candy melts. But only if the candy coating is thin and fluid like this. By the way, this coating is Merckens and has nothing added to make it this thin. It was heated in the microwave on med-low in 30 second intervals and stirred in between. But if your coating is too thick, you can add some paramount crystals, shortening or vegetable oil to help thin it out. And if it’s not thin, then don’t try to dip the candy corn because it will just be a big glob and not pretty on Big Bird.

Beaks

Here are a few beaks. Let them dry on wax paper. Or just skip all that and give Big Bird an uncoated orange candy corn beak.

(Anybody tired yet? It’s almost too much to even read about doing. I think I need a nap.)

Cake Pop

Below, you can see what I mean with the different mouth variations.

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Aren’t they just the cutest. But something is missing. Cookie Monster is smiling, but he’s not happy. He needs cookies.

Yes. Cookies. Coooooookies!

Teeny-tiny cookies

Tiny… little … itty-bitty chocolate chip…

Cookies

Sesame Street Cake Pops

There… much better!

Cookie Monster Cake Pops

Stop it. I can’t stand it. Head exploding. Cute overload.

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Drawing

Supplies

Here’s some of the supplies you’ll need:
Colored candy melts
Red Candy Melts
Green candy melts
Yellow candy melts
Dark Chocolate candy melts
Dark brown candy writerParamount Crystals
Edible Ink Pens
Jumbo red heart sprinkles
Yellow sanding sugar
Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gripz by Keebler)
White round candies for eyes
Orange jelly beans
Candy Corn
Toothpicks
Basic Cake Pop Instructions

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Cookie Monster

Here you go. This is for everyone that likes it when I bite into one of these. Poor little Cookie Monster.

Now, a lot of you have sent in photos of your own Elmo Pops. I just haven’t done a great job of keeping track of them all. If you’d like to re-send, maybe I can do a little slideshow or something to show them off. Or any other Sesame Street ones you may have done.

Sesame Street Cake Pops


November 10th, 2009.
40 Years of Sesame Street and one happy day.
Kisses to you, Jim Henson.
Wish you were still with us.

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Ruth Norton said...

Those are amazing!!!

I was lucky enough to have my 3 year old son on my lap when we came across your blog this morning. He was so ecstatic, and started laughing!! I believe the first words out of his mouth was “Mom you should make those” I just had to giggle. I am NO WHERE close to being the amazing baker you are. Mine would no doubt end up looking like balls with eyes instead of the characters. So for now…we’ll admire your wonderful work!

Thanks for bringing a smile to our faces!!!

Ruth and Logan Norton

November 9, 2009 09:23 AM
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Molly said...

These are my favorite cakepops so far! You are a true artist. Oscar’s my favorite.

November 9, 2009 09:27 AM
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Judybat said...

Oh
my
gawd…

I’m on total cuteness overload….

November 9, 2009 09:29 AM
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May said...

That it TOO cute! I will have to try this out for my niece – she’s 1 and a half and LOVES Elmo.

November 9, 2009 09:29 AM
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Candi said...

these are absolutely adorable!!!! if you ever need a 35 year old apprentice – I’d love to help you :) you are simply the most creative decorator I’ve ever seen. Love your work :)

November 9, 2009 09:31 AM
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Mary Margeson said...

Oh my goodness, you goddess!!
I can only long for your incredible talent and Patience!!

So cute, and they look delicious!

November 9, 2009 09:33 AM
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Lori said...

THEY ARE PRECIOUS! I hope that the people from Sesame Street get to see these. You never cease to amaze me Bakerella. You are so talented and creative. I so wished you would create a book of your one of a kind cake pops and other goodies. You need to share your gifts with everyone.

November 9, 2009 09:43 AM
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Tara said...

I swear you’re going to be the death of me. Well, at least the death of my ego. These are amazing. Absolutely amazing. YOU are amazing. Alas, I must try and make them.

November 9, 2009 09:44 AM
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Hazel said...

These are AMAZING!!! So very cute! Happy anniversary, Sesame Street! =)

November 9, 2009 09:46 AM
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Anonymous said...

They are amazing. I think a bakerella puppet should open a shop on Sesame St. for that one.

November 9, 2009 09:49 AM
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Tiffany Waters said...

OMG! Absolutely Amazing! These are just too dang cute! You are awesome!

November 9, 2009 09:49 AM
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Lindy Vaught said...

These brought me such joy! It’s Monday, I’m having a crappy day, and now you’ve made me smile. I also love how detailed you are in giving us pictures of the different mouths, etc. Thanks for sharing your art!

November 9, 2009 09:49 AM
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petite nyonya said...

I just love your creativity!

November 9, 2009 09:49 AM
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megacrafty said...

woops didn’t mean to be anonymous!

November 9, 2009 09:49 AM
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Jill said...

I was excited about Google doing a series of logos in honor of Sesame Street, but your pops are cuter!

November 9, 2009 09:55 AM
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Christina said...

I am DYING… these have to be the cutest things I have ever seen. And of course, if I ever tried to replicate it they could never turn out so perfectly as yours did. I must say, you are the most creative baker I’ve ever come across. Amazing!!

November 9, 2009 09:57 AM
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Cori said...

These are wonderful. You are so talented!

November 9, 2009 09:58 AM
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Megan said...

You rock…

November 9, 2009 09:59 AM
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Krystle Thorn said...

oh my gosh! I am dying how cute these are! Cookie Monster and Big Bird are my favorite! I can only imagine how long these took you, but girl you are so talented! These are so adorable :)

November 9, 2009 09:59 AM
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ale1986 said...

I just can´t stand the cuteness of these cake pops!!
By the way, your blog is totally international now!
I´ve been a frequent reader about a year ago all the way from
Monterrey Mexico
Keep up the good work :)!!

November 9, 2009 10:00 AM
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liz said...

these are freaking amazing.

November 9, 2009 10:03 AM
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Jody said...

These are too cute for words! I love them and can’t wait for one of my nieces or nephews to have a Sesame Street birthday party so we can make these!

November 9, 2009 10:04 AM
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shoshana Ohriner said...

These are over the top amazing! I am blown away with the cuteness and accuracy of the characters! What a wonderful tribute to Sesame Street.

November 9, 2009 10:07 AM
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Heather said...

Absolutely awesome!!

November 9, 2009 10:08 AM
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Theresa said...

I cannot believe how talented you are!!!!! Everything you do looks so amazing!! I am so jealous….but still love you just the same!!

November 9, 2009 10:09 AM
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adriana said...

Que es esto TAN DIVIINO!!! I absolutely loove them!

November 9, 2009 10:12 AM
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janet said...

Amazing! I can only imagine how long it took you to make these. It took me forever just to make pumpkin cake pops for Halloween. I swore I’d never make cake pops again. And now this! I love it! My kids LOVE Sesame Street. I think I might have to try making them.

November 9, 2009 10:15 AM
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Shanna said...

This is a SWEET tribute to Jim Henson and a great 40th gift to Sesame street! Way to go, this is awesome.

November 9, 2009 10:22 AM
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tina said...

Are you kidding me? These are AMAZING! You are extraordinarily talented! They should be the official SS anniversary dessert.

November 9, 2009 10:24 AM
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heidi said...

Oh my goodness! these are the cutest things ever!

November 9, 2009 10:25 AM
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JPres said...

So amazing! You are a cake star (like a rock star) :)

November 9, 2009 10:25 AM
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Erica said...

If I didn’t already believe it to be so, this post would settle. Bakerella, you are the QUEEN! This rocks so hard I can’t even find proper words to tell you.

*in awe*

November 9, 2009 10:27 AM
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Mimi said...

Amazing!
Mimi

November 9, 2009 10:31 AM
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Lori said...

All I can say is that YOU ROCK GIRL FRIEND!!!!!! These are the cutest!!!!

November 9, 2009 10:34 AM
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michelle said...

these are absolutely fabulous! look difficult as hell to make, but fabulous

November 9, 2009 10:35 AM
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Julie said...

My 16 month-old was sitting on my lap when I opened your blog this morning. She started yelling “Melmo, Melmo” at the top of her lungs and clapping her hands. We aren’t Sesame St. watchers but for some reason she has fallen in love with Elmo (aka “Melmo”). I think if I made an Elmo cake-pop for her she just might pass out from the excitement.

November 9, 2009 10:35 AM
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Shannon said...

I just took my son to see the live show!! He would die if i made these!!!

November 9, 2009 10:37 AM
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Cassie said...

Cute overload is right! They look soo cool, you did an awesome job! I am especially fond of Oscar. He’s always been my favourite Sesame Street Character. :D

November 9, 2009 10:38 AM
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Heather said...

Those are about the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Too bad I’ll never have the patience to make them myself!

November 9, 2009 10:38 AM
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Kiffon said...

Bakerella, you never cease to amaze me!

November 9, 2009 10:40 AM
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melanie said...

You are amazing, you’ve always been my baking GOD-ess hero, but these are way above us all. AWESOME!!!

November 9, 2009 10:42 AM
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NM Liz said...

Wow! Amazing work. Thanks for all your ideas — I made eyeball cake pops for my 5 year old and friends for Halloween and they were a big hit.

November 9, 2009 10:43 AM
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Julie said...

These are soooooo amazingly cute. I wish I had the time to try them out. Maybe after the holidays.

November 9, 2009 10:44 AM
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kimberly reisinger said...

Those Sesame Street pops are so cute…it’ sick. Seriously sick.

I think they were worth all the work…if nothing else, it brings back fond memories of watching Sesame Street as a kid. That’s about the one show we could watch living in Japan b/c we lived on an army base and they’d replay episodes on the English network for us.

Keep up the cuteness!

November 9, 2009 10:46 AM
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Kerstin said...

These are beyond ADORABLE! I loved Sesame Street – my first words were actually Big Bird. :)

November 9, 2009 10:49 AM
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Tatyana said...

These are unbelievable. My kids would flip out over these. What an amazing job you did.

November 9, 2009 10:49 AM
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Lynette said...

It is amazing what you can do! And the time and patience…I love reading your blog!!

November 9, 2009 10:49 AM
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Cheryl said...

These are ADORABLE!!!!!

November 9, 2009 10:51 AM
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Simone said...

Elmo, Elmo, Elmoooooooo! :)

November 9, 2009 10:52 AM
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Laura S said...

You have outdone yourself this time. How cute are these?!!?

November 9, 2009 10:54 AM
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Mikaela said...

OMG, these are amazing! Too cute, great pics, great instructions. I had made cake balls for my girlfriend’s Costume Party a couple of weeks ago, and EVERYONE loved them and wanted the recipe. I made sure to tell everyone about your website. I was asked to make them again for our Thanksgiving party and for another party the weekend after. :-) Thank you for all the inspiration!

November 9, 2009 10:57 AM
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Amber said...

Oh my goodness! I can’t get over how cute these are, you are very talented and creative Miss Bakerella. Please write a craft/cookbook so I can have all your fabulous ideas by my side in the kitchen.

November 9, 2009 10:59 AM
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youngmi said...

i really REALLY love these :) sesame street and mr rogers were the only tv shows i watched as a kid. cookie monster is generally my favorite but your oscar turned out so perfect i may have a new favorite! thanks as always for sharing!

November 9, 2009 11:01 AM
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velvet said...

WOW! just…wow!! you are truly amazing – i can’t believe how creative and beautiful those are! :)

November 9, 2009 11:03 AM
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Jessica Hinz said...

Now I’ve got the Sesame Street theme song in my head. And I love it! I am in awe of your creativity. Thank you!!

November 9, 2009 11:04 AM
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Jaana said...

Bakerella, you have completely outdone yourself. These are fantastic! Is it weird that I got a little misty when I saw your tribute at the end?

November 9, 2009 11:05 AM
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Lisa said...

Oh Wow!!! Those are so absolutely adorable!! Sesame Street was always a big favorite of mine.
Thank you for such inspiration, cake pops have become a favorite in my house. I haven’t mastered the candy coating yet because mine do no come out as smooth and pretty as yours but I am not giving up yet :)

November 9, 2009 11:06 AM
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Kori said...

Please tell me you’ve sent this over to PBS! Seriously, you should. Although they would probably want hundreds and you’d be busy for days.

I love these, almost makes me want to throw a Sesame Street party for my kids just to make them!

November 9, 2009 11:10 AM
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Stephanie Reid said...

Wow! I am absolutely amazed by your talent and patience!!

November 9, 2009 11:23 AM
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meryl said...

i don’t know how you do it bakerella, seriously these look amazing. I do however feel good that I read all the instructions, i may never be able to make them but i would certainly know how should i have to.

November 9, 2009 11:25 AM
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Kristin said...

Is it just me or do you love the irony that Oscar’s tongue is a red candy HEART?

November 9, 2009 11:26 AM
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Rose said...

Are you kidding me??? These are so.stinking.CUTE!!! Way to go Bakerella!

November 9, 2009 11:31 AM
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Anonymous said...

Incredible! Honestly, if I have never been completely awe-struck by you before, I am now. WOW!

November 9, 2009 11:34 AM
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Rae said...

That has gotta be about the cutest thing I have EVER seen! Love! Love! LOve!
Thanks for making my day,
Rae

November 9, 2009 11:34 AM
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Melinda said...

Oh my goodness! These are adorable! I cannot imagine how much time it took you! That’s dedication!

November 9, 2009 11:39 AM
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Joanna said...

These are so adorable I can’t even stand it! The tiny cookie really makes it!

November 9, 2009 11:40 AM
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Deanna said...

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Bakerella’s Street? :) So adorable!

November 9, 2009 11:40 AM
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Axelle the french reader said...

It’s Art … you’re not only a baker, you’re most of all an artist.
What you do is unbelievable ! Congratulations, each time I come on your website (each day), my eyes are full of wonderful things.
Go on !

November 9, 2009 11:50 AM
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tammigirl said...

Oh Bakerella, you evil temptress, you!

Do you realize how much of my life you have just taken over with this cuteness?

November 9, 2009 11:50 AM
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Betty said...

OMG those are sooo cute. i would LOVE to make some for my friends ;) got one who loves sesame street :D

November 9, 2009 11:55 AM
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Jennifer said...

Just amazing! You continue to outdo yourself. Thanks for the inspiration and sweetness overload.

November 9, 2009 11:56 AM
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Devon said...

These are awesome!!

And I am laughing because as I was reading the beginning of the post I was thinking, I have to comment! She needs to get some Gripz for Cookie Monster!!! I see you are several steps ahead of me :)

November 9, 2009 11:59 AM
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Mandy said...

These are wonderful! My husband says, “I LOOOOVE her for doing this!” Thank you :)

November 9, 2009 12:01 PM
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m i c h e l l e said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!! All I can say is you’ve outdone yourself in the creativity department (and how is that even possible with all of your previous super-wonderful ideas?!) LOVE Sesame Street and LOVE these!

November 9, 2009 12:04 PM
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Maria Love said...

You’ve so inspired me. I’ve been following for some time now but these pops are sooooo cute that I’m now trying to decide what cute treat I’m going to make for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us.

November 9, 2009 12:06 PM
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Jessica said...

Oh. My. Word. You are unbelievable. Thank you for sharing this with the world – has Sesame Street reached out to you yet to hire you?!?!?!

November 9, 2009 12:14 PM
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Michele said...

O.M.G. The cutest things I have EVER seen. What talent you have!!!

November 9, 2009 12:16 PM
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E.Liles said...

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!!!!!! Love, love, love them, but do I dare try? Eeekkk! Now that my 2 year old has seen them, there is no turning back….wish me luck! ;)

November 9, 2009 12:21 PM
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Linda said...

DYING of cuteness.

November 9, 2009 12:23 PM
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missy said...

those pops are the cutest things i’ve ever seen. can i send you lots of money to make me some in the fall again, for my babe’s 1st birthday. we, my first and second born, watch sesame everyday… i miss the “original” version aka the 80′s when i first watched it.

November 9, 2009 12:31 PM
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Tammy said...

Girl you are way to good! These are about the cutest things I’ve seen! Makes me wish I was a kid again!!

November 9, 2009 12:32 PM
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MissCaron said...

These are amazing! You really out-did yourself this time! I’m linking to you in my post tomorrow. Thanks for being so creative and such an inspiration to people like myself!

November 9, 2009 12:53 PM
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Heather said...

AMAZING!! You are so freakin talented, I am addicted to these things now! Cannot wait to try these!

November 9, 2009 12:54 PM
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Jade said...

I LOVE THESE!!! You did an amazing job! They are wonderful! Happy Birthday to Sesame Street.

November 9, 2009 12:56 PM
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Kare said...

these are amazing! very, very impressive.

November 9, 2009 12:57 PM
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Katy said...

Perfect! I was desperately trying to think of cute ideas for my almost 2 year old’s Sesame Street birthday party next month. I’m not sure mine will turn out as cute as yours, but I’ll give it a shot!

November 9, 2009 01:01 PM
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Kari said...

Those are amazing!!

November 9, 2009 01:02 PM
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Lisa said...

I love it you are amazing!

November 9, 2009 01:04 PM
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Yolanda said...

Is there even a point to posting a comment that simply says: speechless? Well, I did it. I’m speechless. These are…no words. There’s not enough adjectives to explain how amazing these are.

November 9, 2009 01:07 PM
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flamingogrl said...

There are no words! You are the master of all things tiny, cute, and delicious! It must be fun having your brain! :)
I have one request, the picture for the candy that you made the eyes from isn’t showing up at all on my end, no matter what I do. Could you pass on the name of them so I can go and bug my WalMart for them?
Sesame Street would be proud to have you as a neighbor!

November 9, 2009 01:13 PM
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Viki said...

First time commenter. OMG, the Sesame Street characters are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen. You are just an amazing artist because that’s what I consider you to be. Just amazing the things you come up with.

November 9, 2009 01:14 PM
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Christine said...

WOOOOOOOW! you are so creative! they look just like the characters yet so much more delicious!

November 9, 2009 01:17 PM
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Kristen said...

SOOOO cute!!!

I’ve read your blog for some time and am blown away by your creativeness! Making cake pops is on my “fun things to do” mental list! Did you make one for Ernie? I think he’s my favorite character – Elmo too. :)

I made the banana cupcakes you posted awhile back and they turned out fabulous! So delicious!

November 9, 2009 01:18 PM
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JackieB said...

Holy Camoly! How creative…and time consuming ;)

Sooooooooooooooooo stinkin’ cute!

November 9, 2009 01:19 PM
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Ivona said...

Oh my goodness, you outdid yourself…. I’m all the more impressed as I tried to make the cake popos this weekend for the first time (as s practice run for my son’s class BDay Party) and boy did I fail big time. Your pops look great and they actually stay on sticks *schocked face* as mine did not :(

November 9, 2009 01:24 PM
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HollyMarie said...

I think these are the cutest things ever. Just one thing tho, I think the cookie on cookie monster needs to have a bite out of it.

November 9, 2009 01:25 PM
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Charley said...

*sigh.*

I did pumpkin cake pops for Halloween and they were delicious, but ugly. I want to make these but am still a novice. Let’s hope my turkey cake pops turn out okay… lol

November 9, 2009 01:26 PM
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Sheena said...

OH. MY. These are DARLING!

November 9, 2009 01:27 PM
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Anonymous said...

these are just tooo cute

November 9, 2009 01:35 PM
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Tasha said...

Oh my gosh. you amaze me more and more.
Love It

November 9, 2009 01:39 PM
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