Thanks to my friend Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations I found out that August is National Brownie Month, as well as Brownies for Brunch month. The second holiday is pretty weird, but I love brownies, and I guess I would eat them for brunch. I believe every month should be brownie month, and I've blogged about brownies over the past year.
Louise also sent me a link to Brownie Pops--brownies on a stick. It's a logical progression from the Chocolate Bourbon Popsicles, only these aren't frozen. Who doesn't love brownies and lollipops? You can order these fabulous Browniepops from Browniepops.com in basic chocolate brownie or with other flavor enhancements (Toffee, Peppermint, Coconut, etc) Basically this is a scoop of brownie, with a flavor element, coated in hard chocolate, with added decoration, and put on a stick. For a full review of Browniepops, go to The Nibble. These little Browniepops are great for weddings, parties, and special events. They're also a great pick up food.There are seasonal and special occasion decorations.
Want to make your own? Wilton makes a silicon Brownie Pop Mold that's really cool and easy to use, but you could also use a mini-muffin pan.
Mix up your favorite Brownie Recipe. Spray the Brownie Pop Mold with nonstick spray and fill each cavity about 1/2 way. Place mold on baking tray and bake according to your own recipe. Let cool completely before removing brownies. (This is a must or they'll fall apart). Insert stick into flat end of brownies. Dip in chocolate and whirl in sprinkles or decorate in another way for the occasion.
The Wilton pan comes with slightly different directions, so I thought I should post here. It says to fill each mold cavity 2/3 with batter. Place on level baking sheet. Bake according to recommended temperature on recipe for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and insert cookie sticks into brownies. Continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until brownies are done. Place pan on cooling grid and cool completely. FYI: If you're not using your own recipe, and you're using a mix, you should know that one 8 x 8 'in size brownie mix makes 24 brownies. You'll need to buy three Wilton silicone pans.
One way to make sure the stick is secure is to completely cover the brownie in melted chocolate. I would probably do that anyway. There are so many ways to decorate these brownie pops. You can also make these brownie pops in different shapes--hearts, stars and so many others. All you need is the right pan and a great recipe! These are definitely something fun for a picnic, special event or school lunch box.