Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

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I’ve already made some cake pops that look like conversation hearts, using pastel candy coatings and a heart-shaped cutter. They’re in my Cake Pops book. But, this weekend I wanted to try using real conversation heart candies to make some cute teddy bears look awesome.

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Awe. Some.

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These are large conversation heart candies. Not the little ones you usually see. They are about 1 inch tall and just the right size to place in front of teddy bear’s belly. (Found at Hobby Lobby craft store by the way.)

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I’ve also already made teddy bear cake pops. They are in the book, too. But they aren’t the entire body… just the head.

So for these I thought Hershey’s Kisses would make perfect legs. Perfect enough to resemble a plush doll anyway.

For his arms, his front paws… I used brown M&M’s candies. I could have used a slightly larger candy, but these were pretty close to the color of the Kisses and the chocolate candy coating that I used for the bodies, so I rolled with it. Besides, it’s all I had on hand that was close enough to work and also look like he was holding the heart.

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For the rest of the details I used the following…

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Large jumbo heart sprinkles on the legs.

Black coated sunflower seeds for noses.

Black sugar pearls for eyes

A black edible ink pen for smiles.

Oh and chocolate chips to help shape the bear’s structure. (FYI – These are Ghiradelli chips. They are larger chocolate morsels and worked great since I was going for bigger ears. They are also a bit flatter, so they weren’t too pointy when placed in position for the nose.)

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After rolling out your cake balls (see basic cake pop instructions here), chill in the freezer to get them firm and easier to shape. Take your ball and shape it kind of like a peanut. Use one of your heart candies to press on the front and flatten out the bear’s belly on the lower half.

Melt some chocolate candy coating. Dip the edge of two chocolate chips in the melted coating and insert into the bear cake pop shape for ears. Attach a third chip to the front of the bear’s face to help his nose protrude a bit. Insert your lollipop stick into the coating and then insert about halfway into the shaped cake ball. Return pops to the freezer to firm up again for just a couple of minutes.

After chilling, dip the entire body into the bowl of melted candy coating. Make sure the bowl is deep enough to dip and remove in one motion. The coating should also be thin enough to completely coat the pop without having to stir it in the bowl.

Gently tap off any excess coating. Attach nose, conversation heart and legs while the coating is still wet.

Place in a styrofoam block to dry.

When dry, you can dip your toothpick into some of the leftover melted coating and dot some in position for the eyes. Then just attach the sugar pearls. Dot some on the legs and attach the jumbo heart sprinkles. Apply a little bit of coating to one side of the M&M’s candies and attach them to the body so they appear to be holding the hearts.

Then just draw on some sweet smiles.

Voila. Huggable lovable bears.

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Have fun!

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karen d. of fayetteville said...

Love, Love these!! Thanks again Bakerella :o)

January 24, 2011 12:06 AM
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karen d. of fayetteville said...

..p.s….these are soo adorable..but i’m FINALLY gonna make the too cute snowmen pops first! Very excited :)

January 24, 2011 12:09 AM
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Claire from NY said...

OMG! I love love loveeeeeeeeee these. They are so adorable.

January 24, 2011 12:10 AM
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Judy said...

Too cute. I don’t know how you come up with all these possibilities. I just got your book and it’s a bundle of gorgeous pink cuteness. I love the koalas cakepops.

January 24, 2011 12:11 AM
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hamptontoes said...

Okay, those are too cute to eat! Oh my goodness, how incredibly adorable. I’m hostessing a Valentine’s cookie decorating playdate (for 4 yr olds)…we might have to make these!

January 24, 2011 12:13 AM
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Jess said...

adorable!

i just saw something in Walmart that would work even better for arms. Hershey’s Drops, they’re like M&M’s, but without the candy shell.

January 24, 2011 12:14 AM
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Kellie C. said...

yay! Have been checking all day hoping to get a new inspiration for a valentine’s day project~

So. Cute.

Thanks, Bakerella!

January 24, 2011 12:16 AM
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Meghan said...

ahh! you should change your name to cutearella.. or bakeacutie! these things are just sooooo adorbs!

January 24, 2011 12:17 AM
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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Angie, these are just so cute! Very creative with the kisses. Love it!

January 24, 2011 12:26 AM
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vanessa s said...

SOOOOOOO cute!!!

January 24, 2011 12:30 AM
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Emily said...

Every new cake pop post just blows my mind! They are so dang adorable and so creative! We have your book but haven’t yet had the courage to test out the cake pop waters. I think we need to very, very soon!

January 24, 2011 12:31 AM
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Amanda said...

Wow! These are awesome! Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

January 24, 2011 12:32 AM
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Diana said...

these are awesome!! SOO CUTE!

January 24, 2011 12:33 AM
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becabec said...

So stinkin’ cute!!! I just made some ice cream cake cone pops for my nieces birthday and I got so many rave reviews! Bakerella, you are such an inspiration!!!!

January 24, 2011 12:33 AM
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Cody Cakes said...

AMAZING!! uber creative and adorable!!

January 24, 2011 12:34 AM
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Reem said...

Wow! These are adorable! Everything you do is amazing! how do you do it?!

January 24, 2011 12:41 AM
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WishTrish said...

I’d love your input on how I could make cakepops (or something as good) last the 15-23 day journey to my hubby stationed in Afghanistan! I’ve only got a few days to get them in the mail for Valentine’s Day, but brownies in vacuum sealed bags are the only treat I’ve come up with so far…

January 24, 2011 12:42 AM
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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen said...

Cute, cute, cute, you are amazing! Such great ideas and they all look so perfect.

January 24, 2011 12:44 AM
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rams said...

these are really cute for the valentines day…You are really very very talented person…i have a request for you.i want to make some butterfly pops..do you have any idea how to make them…

January 24, 2011 12:44 AM
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Ashley P. said...

Awww! These are so cute! Can’t wait to tell my family and co-workers about them. I am like a walking Bakerella advertiser! lol!

January 24, 2011 12:45 AM
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Mryia said...

How cute are those! I think I might have to give these a try!

January 24, 2011 12:46 AM
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Shannon said...

So stinkin’ cute!!!

January 24, 2011 12:49 AM
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Karrah said...

How can you not love these little guys? They’re so clever! The little hearts on their feet are the cutest.

January 24, 2011 12:50 AM
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Grace said...

these are sooo adorable! you are soo creative !

January 24, 2011 12:51 AM
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Misty said...

Amazing!!! You are so talented and I love your book!!! Still waiting for you to visit the Honolulu Williams-Sonoma!!!

January 24, 2011 12:54 AM
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PupCakes said...

These are SO CUTE! You must never sleep since your brain is always whirring along to come up with yet another masterpiece.

One day you will have to post photos of your kitchen and all of your sprinkles and candies and goodies you have to have on hand to create all of this wonderful edible art!

January 24, 2011 12:56 AM
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Amy said...

Oh my! I can’t believe how cute they are! I was sure I’d never be able to make them, but after reading your recipe, I think they might actually be doable for me.

January 24, 2011 12:57 AM
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Ashley said...

You’ve done it again! AMAZING! I love your inspiration!

January 24, 2011 12:58 AM
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Lakisha Smith said...

These are absolutely adorable. Gosh!! You are soooo artistic. Thank you for always sharing your ideas with us and allowing us all to copy your creations. :0) Your talent is really amazing!

January 24, 2011 01:01 AM
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Bubble and Sweet said...

These are so darn cute I can’t stand it and the little hearts on the feet are just too sweet.

January 24, 2011 01:01 AM
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Krystal W said...

How do you continually out do yourself over and over!?! I will be making these. PRONTO!

January 24, 2011 01:16 AM
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Mama M. said...

Your imagination is incredible! I am so impressed that you can continue to creat new and unique cake pops! I’m not worthy!!

January 24, 2011 01:31 AM
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Vivian said...

these teddy bears are adorable! (:
they remind me of garfield’s pooky bear! :]
you just keep on getting better and better bakerella ^^
happy early valentine’s day :D

January 24, 2011 02:03 AM
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Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Super Adoable as always!!

January 24, 2011 02:08 AM
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Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

opps.. Adorable!! =)

January 24, 2011 02:09 AM
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Christina said...

Supercute! Supersupercute!! You are so creative.

January 24, 2011 02:14 AM
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aussiemarina said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww these are just the sweetest ………….to cute to eat……….

January 24, 2011 02:17 AM
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Tammy@Events By Tammy said...

Too cute! I love them.

January 24, 2011 02:17 AM
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Amanda said...

Cute cake pops! Your never-ending creativity amazes and inspires me!

January 24, 2011 02:18 AM
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Jermaine said...

These are way too adorable to be eaten, I swear!

January 24, 2011 02:35 AM
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Viktoria - Pinkpastry said...

You are so talented! I love this so cute!

January 24, 2011 02:35 AM
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Mona said...

These are soooo adorable.

January 24, 2011 02:57 AM
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Mel' said...

So cute … As always !

January 24, 2011 03:01 AM
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Monica said...

These are so adorable and creative! And you are so sweet and giving to not only share your creations with us but even show us how. Thank you!

January 24, 2011 04:10 AM
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Anna ? Sugarized said...

These are too cute! ?

January 24, 2011 04:18 AM
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Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

Absolutely adorable and so very creative! LOVE!

January 24, 2011 04:19 AM
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vivek dominos india said...

its fantabulous…:-)

January 24, 2011 04:47 AM
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MaryMoh said...

Totally creative and beautiful!

January 24, 2011 04:56 AM
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Debbie said...

Just amazing

January 24, 2011 05:12 AM
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Bronwyn said...

I was thinking…Too Stinkin Cute (but someone else beat me to that comment!) Anyway, they are adorable. You are amazing!

January 24, 2011 05:48 AM
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Eloïse said...

Oh my, seriously, it was my birthday last thursday, as a gift i’d really like to adopt me! Plus i live in South France, you’d love it!
You are such a genious! I LOOOVE what you do!

January 24, 2011 05:57 AM
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

These are just too adorable! Gonna attempt to have the patience for these…

January 24, 2011 06:06 AM
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Eclair said...

Well. These brought rather unpleasant memories of my ex, whom I affectionally called ‘Bear’, but these are cute nonetheless.

January 24, 2011 06:09 AM
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CarolR said...

These are very cute!

January 24, 2011 06:37 AM
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Rike said...

Wow – that is sooo cute, i love your blog and what you do!!! Greets from Germany.

January 24, 2011 07:07 AM
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Cait said...

Adorable! I kind of like the naked, legless bear, too. Does that make me wierd?

Oh, and Greetings from Rike’s northern neighbor, Denmark :)

January 24, 2011 07:10 AM
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Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

OMG, so cute! These might be one of my favorites:-)

January 24, 2011 07:33 AM
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Maria said...

What a warm way to start off my Monday! Those bears are so sweet!

January 24, 2011 07:33 AM
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Katrina said...

Aww these are so cute!!

January 24, 2011 07:36 AM
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Teddie said...

You are soooo creative!

January 24, 2011 07:36 AM
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yentl said...

damn so sweet!

January 24, 2011 07:37 AM
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Melissa said...

Very Cute! Mine are on the way. Not quite as intricate, but they will be posted on my blog shortly!

January 24, 2011 07:40 AM
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Anna said...

These are just un-bear-ably cute!

January 24, 2011 07:41 AM
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LittleMissEclectic said...

So cute, I may have to make some of these for my daughters class for v-day!

January 24, 2011 07:44 AM
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Rosebud said...

Cutest things ever!

January 24, 2011 08:11 AM
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Kristin said...

Oh my gosh. I’m dying over here. These are the cutest things EVER!

January 24, 2011 08:17 AM
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ai said...

Those cake pops are awesome!

January 24, 2011 08:28 AM
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cakedarla said...

These are just too freaking adorable! I’m going to have to try and make them. Thank you for being so creative and sharing your ideas!

January 24, 2011 08:43 AM
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Mary Beth said...

I need to try these. Way too cute.

January 24, 2011 08:53 AM
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Lena Goodwin said...

Amazing. Totally want to try them. They look tricky!

January 24, 2011 08:57 AM
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Jamie said...

adorable! love the little hearts on the feet… too cute!

January 24, 2011 09:10 AM
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Julie said...

cute, cute, cute! clever kisses for feet;)

January 24, 2011 09:18 AM
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Kati said...

You are amazing!!!! These are so cute!

January 24, 2011 09:19 AM
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Paula said...

You are a baking genius! if I tried to do it they will look like valentine orks! lol

January 24, 2011 09:28 AM
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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

Adorable!

January 24, 2011 09:34 AM
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Kate said...

I don’t even like or celebrate Valentine’s Day, and these are too precious! With a little modification, they’d be great for a baby shower too, i think. Thanks for sharing all your brilliant brain storms!

January 24, 2011 09:36 AM
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Janelle said...

Two Hershey kisses? These must be really heavy. Way cute, though.

January 24, 2011 09:48 AM
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Marian (Sweetopia) said...

These are so beary sweet Angie!!
LOVE ‘em!!

January 24, 2011 09:54 AM
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Kristen@PrettySweet said...

These are perfect for Valentine’s Day! I love seeing the different pieces that you put together to create each cake pop design. =)

January 24, 2011 10:15 AM
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kim said...

i made cake pops , some of them had tiny cracks….. can u tell me why? maybe im doing something wrong…..HELP!!!!

January 24, 2011 10:25 AM
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Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen said...

Oh man. These are so stinkin’ cute, I can’t take it!

January 24, 2011 10:32 AM
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Holly@Life as a Lofthouse said...

These are SO SUPER CUTE!!

January 24, 2011 10:33 AM
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Jess said...

so cute! i just love valentine’s day sweets!
mini valentine cupcakes

January 24, 2011 10:53 AM
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Dawn said...

I think those are my favorite cake pops as of yet! Amazing! So adorable!!!!!! :)

January 24, 2011 10:53 AM
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colleen said...

I <3 these!!
You amze me every blog! I am going to attempt these but maybe just make 2. I will try to make them look like an old ;O) bride and groom and put them on top of my parents anniversay cake for their surprise 40th party. :O)

January 24, 2011 10:58 AM
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annawithlove said...

so cute, this made my excited for Valentines day!

January 24, 2011 10:59 AM
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Dena said...

These are so adorable!

How about some Green Bay Packers cupcakes next for super bowl parties? Okay and maybe that other team too.

January 24, 2011 11:02 AM
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Michelle said...

Truly Awesome!

January 24, 2011 11:06 AM
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Rachel O. said...

Way to go! You did an outstanding masterpiece! You mentioned on your book signing tour in Nashville that you wanted to make a full body bear! I’m glad you did and shared it in time for Valentine’s Day! Woo hoo!

January 24, 2011 11:09 AM
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Megan said...

Those are amazing! Some how you always manage to outdue yourself.

January 24, 2011 11:12 AM
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Noelle said...

So cute! Love, love, love your cake pops :)

January 24, 2011 11:13 AM
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Kelly said...

Adorable!
I was already planning on making heart shaped cakeballs for valentine, but I should really try these too!

I just need to find out where I can find Hersheys Kisses.

January 24, 2011 11:19 AM
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Sheila H. said...

These are so innovative! Thank you for sharing your secrets! I’ve tried cake pops a few times but they always seem to fall off the stick into the melted chocolate, no matter how long I keep them in the freezer or small I make the cake ball on top. I use the Wilton Candy Melts because it’s affordable. Any suggestions on how to thin it out?? I’d really appreciate your input!

January 24, 2011 11:45 AM
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Holly said...

Ha…these are right up my alley, as you can see from my email address! I love bears and these are just the sweetest. Thank you Bakerella for sharing these guys!

January 24, 2011 12:00 PM
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Dana said...

Honestly, how do you not run out of such adorable ideas!!!! Love, love, love them!!!!

January 24, 2011 12:04 PM
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Felicia said...

Adorable! We are planning on making the conversation “Sweet Hearts” for Valentine’s Day and are so excited!

January 24, 2011 12:06 PM
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Mrs. Jen B said...

WAY too cute to eat!! Adorable.

January 24, 2011 12:22 PM
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Sandy said...

What fun! I want to make some! :)

January 24, 2011 12:34 PM
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Iced Jems said...

Oh my gosh the pops get better! And I thought my Valentine Pops at http://www.icedjems.com were good – but these bears are amazing!

January 24, 2011 12:37 PM
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Iced Jems said...

And if anyone knows an alternative to Hersheys Kisses in the UK that would be great!

January 24, 2011 12:38 PM
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