Pedal on the Right- putting the gas on creativity: Turtle Pop Tutorial

Day 5- The Art of Wearing Your Fat Dreams

I squealed with delight when I saw the little tail on these guys, I mean look at the thing, just like a real turtle, only edible. Sometimes working with melted chocolate can be so much fun, and sometimes I would rather rip my face off, douse my brains with petrol, and light them up than work with chocolate. I am sure you have felt the same way about using chocolate as your medium. The other day Zuzu and I made Oreo Pops, but when I was photographing them for BRK, I saw turtles.


Don’t you see turtles? So my brain went into overdrive thinking of ways I could create a turtle treat using all the components of the real turtle candy of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. Then what can I use in the place of pecans for my nut allergy kid? I thought about this all night and all through my grocery store trip the next day. As I strolled the isles, I placed items in my cart, replaced them a few time until I got what I thought would be the best tools to create my Turtle Pops. See why I am so tired and the laundry does not get done? My brain is on constant creative over-drive. If you saw me staring at a wall or out a window, don’t be fooled, my brain is going 100 mph!

LET’S MAKE TURTLE POPS SHALL WE?


You will need…
Tasting spoons- If you do not want to buy 3000, then ask a local ice cream parlor if you could buy a few of theirs.
About 1+ pounds of candy coating or chocolate, your choice
White chocolate for drizzling
Mini Caramel Dutch Cookies, I used mini Stroopwafels from Trader Joe’s
Thick caramel sauce- I used Trader Joe’s
Salted Roasted Pecan Halves or pretzel sticks


Lay out as many pecan “x’s” or pretzel pairs as you will need on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheets. I made one dozen of each. You will want to space your pretzels only 1/2 inch apart.

Place a small spoonful of caramel sauce on the center of each cookie. I topped 24 cookies.

Melt chocolate or candy coating according to package directions. I melted small amounts at a time, I find it is easier to with with that way. If your chocolate is thick, stir in small amounts of vegetable shortening until it is dipping consistency. Do not get your chocolate too hot or it will bloom- get white streaks when it sets.


Using a sharpie, draw cute faces on the domes of each tiny spoon. One at a time dip the ends of the spoon in the melted chocolate- this will act as glue!

Place the chocolate dipped spoon over the dab of caramel on each cookie and top with a plain cookie, squeezing the chocolate and caramel to the edges. Continue until all the cookie sandwiches are made. Freeze for about 2 minutes. Melt some more chocolate and get ready to dip.

Holding the spoon end of the turtle, dip into chocolate and as you remove, shake off excess chocolate until a small tail is left at the end. This will take practice. Then lay turtle in the center of the pecan “x” or the pretzel pair so that they will look like this when they are all set up. Cute huh?


Continue until all the turtles are dipped. Let set. Melt white chocolate, place in a small plastic bag, snip end, and decorate turtles any way you like. Swirls or zig-zags are cute.


Only a few will be angry to be eaten…

Looks like my teenager most days. Smirk.

But so Good on the inside. Mmmmm.

Where do you create? Do you allow yourself time to create? How do you create? Please share your thoughts in the comments sections.

Missed any Days on this Dream Ride?

Day 1- The Art of Wearing Your Fat Dreams- Introduction
Day 2- “You Should’ve Married Someone Else!”- Who is really responsible for fulfilling our dreams?
Day 3- Mozart Balls Really Do have Nuts- Tips on travelling with food allergies- Overcoming obstacles
Day 4- The Barf Stops Here- Homemade SpaghettiOs- If given the gift of time, how would you then spend it?

Tomorrow in BRK- I will show you how Zuzu and I made the Oreo Pops that were mentioned above.


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3 Comments

  1. avatar Rob
    Posted 10/05/2011 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

    LOVE IT!!!

  2. avatar Mimi
    Posted 10/05/2011 at 6:33 PM | Permalink

    Too cute!
    Mimi

  3. avatar Anonymous
    Posted 10/07/2011 at 7:20 PM | Permalink

    I want one. Ma

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