Take a guess what these are. I wasn’t sure I was going to make them or not. Leading up to my transplant, I had a lot of people suggest that I do, but for the longest time I thought kidney-shaped cake pops would just be kind of weird. That is until I received a surprise in the mail.
More on that in a minute.
You know sometimes I come across strange candy and think I have no idea what I’m going to use these for, but they are too unique not to pass up. This is an example of something I would grab in a heartbeat if I stumbled on it in the store. But these were actually sent to me by Rips along with an assortment of their other takes on licorice treats. It was a little thank you when they found out that I used some of their candies in my book.
I was glad to have them since I had not seen these anywhere yet. I can tell just by looking at them that they could have a wide variety of uses.
And they were perfect to finish off these.
Here’s how to make Basic Cake Pops  if you are new to them.
You know I had to go with red velvet.
Appropriate I think.
I like to roll my cake balls out first before I shape them. That way I can make sure I end up with the right amount and also that they are all pretty uniform in size.
If I shape as I go, I find the shapes can start getting bigger and bigger resulting in less pops than I planned on.
But not when I roll first. See, they are all pretty similar in size.
It’s also good to have all your decorations prepared before you start dipping.
Who would have thought kidney cake pops could be so cute.
Not until I received something in the mail that inspired these little guys.
A plush purple kidney with a cute little face.
Huggable and lovable and sent to me from Wendy at I Heart Guts . Thanks Wendy!
Who knew there would be a market for such a thing.
But evidently there is. Check out my little kidney’s friends… Heart, Lung and Liver.
Wait, here’s more plush organs from their website …
and other products, too. Like shirts and stickers and so on.
Go ahead. Get some guts.  They’ll make someone smile. Promise.
By the way, my mom and I are doing great. My checkups have been mostly good since the transplant. Some weeks my lab work is better than others. Here’s hoping this week is another good one. And thanks again everyone for your continued support.
I heart you guys! Uhh, I mean … I kidney you guys!
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