Before you go all, “WOA! A blog post! It’s been long enough!” realize that I call this a “recipe” with much hesitation. As long as you’ve got the three key ingredients, some time, and patience, you’re well on your way to making this fun summer treat. (Notice that I didn’t say “recipe.”)
Let me backtrack a little…
For whatever reason, I became a little obsessed with making a Poprocks-themed dessert around this time last summer. I researched, I pinned ideas, and I scouted out multiple stores for some Poprocks (they’re not as easy to find as they used to be). However, by the time I had dreamed up some ideas, the fourth of July had come and gone, and I figured I’d missed my opportunity.
I kept mulling over what I had learned about Poprocks and was stuck on how to use them. The words of warning seemed to repeat themselves: exposure to water, oxygen, or any liquid will take away the *pop.* So I asked myself, “How does one make a cake without LIQUID? (Clue: one doesn’t.) This tricky little detail about Poprocks meant a lot of desserts were out. Even the desserts that were covered in or filled with Poprocks had a very limited time in which they could be enjoyed, and I wanted so badly to make a dessert that wouldn’t be “over” within minutes of it being created.
Enter this chocolate bark! I know bark tends to be a Christmas-time snack, but there are so many recipes for bark out there, and it’s so easy- why not take it beyond December? The best thing about this “recipe” (well, there are a few great things about it) is that the *pop* doesn’t get deactivated because the Poprocks end up covered in chocolate, therein preserving the weird signature popping sensation. Chemistry! (Or something…)
Other advantages of this recipe are:
– It’s kid-friendly! (hey friends with kids)
– You don’t have to turn on your oven in the middle of summer to make it!
– It’s pretty easy and idiot proof. (Really, it’s not an intimidating recipe with a billion steps.)
– It’s festive! (YAYYY!)
– The prep time is minimal, and you only have to wait a few hours to eat it!
This recipe could easily be doubled or multiplied for a fun party dessert, and you could also customize it further. Sprinkles, drizzles of red or blue melted candy melts, or edible gold flakes would take it up a notch. So go for it. Have fun and make yourself some!