I made the graduation pops from Bakerella's site on Saturday. We had a family member graduate from college this year and ever since I saw the post about these graduation pops I knew I was going to make them. The party was yesterday, we had a wonderful time (Thanks Patrick and Nicole!) and I had a lot of fun making the chocolates.
I got a bunch of questions about them- how'd you do it, how'd you think of that (all credit to that clever Bakerella!), but mostly people just thought they were fun and liked the crafty touch. The thing that made it all worth it was when the graduate came over (with a pop in hand) to say he was happy I made something crafty for the party. That's what always makes a crafty effort worth while- because ultimately we are all crafty to make something special for someone else.
Onto some logistics, I finally found the candy she used for the tassels! (In a gas station store) And the 30 actual pops (half dark chocolate peanut butter cups and squares, half milk chocolate) were way more challenging than the test pop- which of course went together easy as could be. I had some issues with the chocolate- if they were in the fridge they were sweating and if they were out of the fridge they would start to melt. This was the first time I had ever worked with chocolate, I tempered anything I melted so I don't think that was the issue and I'm not sure if humidity effects chocolate, but the pouring rain was the only difference between the test pop and the actual pops. I also used Ghirardelli squares instead of the Godiva squares Bakerella used- so the size is a little different. And I couldn't get my tassels to bend the corner as neat as hers... but overall I was happy with the results! They were yummy and enjoyed by all.
Many thanks to Bakerella for this wonderful idea!