Soon after I began my blog, my cousin Naomi challenged me to make Cheesecake Pops! I knew that my grandmother's 96th birthday would be the perfect occasion to attempt this challenge! Although these delicious mouthfuls were quite time consuming to make, they were certainly worth it! A definite crowd pleaser! (Thanks again Bakerella!)
I used a basic cheesecake recipe to make a cheesecake (minus the crust) and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Using a mini ice cream scooper that I bought at Target last week, I scooped the cheesecake into even sized balls.
I was able to scoop out just over 30 balls in total and lined them up on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
I filled a bowl with Oreo Cookie crumbs. I rolled about 5 balls in the crumbs at a time to cover the surface of each one. This helped shape some of the balls into rounder balls, and also added the "crust like" part of the cheesecake to the cheesecake pop! I could have used graham crumbs instead, but this is what I had handy!
Finally, I arranged them onto the cookie sheet and placed them in the freezer for about 20 minutes as I prepared all of the remaining ingredients.
I bought milk chocolate wafers from Bulk Barn. They are round chocolate disks about the size of a quarter that melt very easily. I melted them in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the consistency was perfect! I then dipped and coated one ball at a time into the ooey gooey melted chocolate! I put a stick into each one, and they were ready to be decorated!
I didn't have any sprinkles to decorate on hand. Therefore, as finely as I could, I chopped up a box of Smarties and a Hershey's Cookies and Cream chocolate bar. I either sprinkled some of the candy onto the pop, or dipped the pop into the mixture to add some extras to it! I really liked the color that the smarties added!