Recipe For Cake Pops The Fun Cake Dessert

CAKE DESSERTS


Summertime is a great opportunity to try new recipes for all kinds of things. You can even recruit your kids into helping create tasty treats. If you're looking for a cake dessert that isn't as big as a regular slice of cake, try these tasty little cake pops.

Even though they have the same ingredients as any kind of cake you'll make, because of their small size, they have fewer calories (roughly about 200 per cake pop).

You can make just about any flavor cake pop you'd like and try different dips and frostings to coat them.

Last but not least, check out the many ideas for sprinkling. Cake pops (or cake balls as they are sometimes called) make a fun dessert that you can do by yourself or with the kids. You can even break it down over a 2-day period and still make small, delectable dessert cakes!

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RECIPE FOR CAKE BALLS OR CAKE POPS


Dark Chocolate Cake

Makes two 9-inch round cakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Up to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans – or spray with vegetable spray and then add 2 tablespoons flour, turn to coat all surfaces and dump out residual flour – or use spray with vegetable oil and flour built in.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Mix eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients in the bowl of a mixer and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in boiling water. (This will be a thin batter)
  4. Divide batter evenly between 2 pans.
  5. Bake 30-35 minutes in 350 degree oven – or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans on a wire rack then invert and tap cakes out of pans. Let cool completely.

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CAKE BALL MIX


This makes 40-50 balls

Note: This mixture is very gooey but will form into firm balls. Make your cake ball mix a day ahead before assembling the cake pops. It allows the mixture to firm up more.

Ingredients:

  • Two 9-inch rounds of chocolate cake (or other cake)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted through strainer
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk (more if necessary

Method:

  1. After cake has completely cooled, break it into a large bowl. Crumble it with forks or your fingers until it is in fine crumbs.
  2. In separate bowl, whip the cream cheese, butter, sugar and milk until smooth.
  3. Pour over the cake crumbs and mix with a spoon. Continue mixing with fingers pulling up the bottom doughy mixture and kneading like bread dough until all crumbs are incorporated. Add milk a teaspoon at a time if too dry.
  4. You'll know when you have the right texture when the mixture rolls into a ball easily. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm – up to 3 days.

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MAKING THE CAKE POPS


Supplies:

  • Parchment paper or wax paper
  • 1 batch cake ball mix
  • Small ice cream scoop or teaspoon
  • 50 lollipop sticks or caramel apple sticks
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips or candy melts
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips or candy melts
  • Colored sugars, candies, nuts, or decorative sprinkles
  • Florist foam if desired

Method:

  1. Prepare 2 large baking sheets by covering with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Scoop out evenly sized balls of cake mixture with ice cream scoop or soup spoon.
  3. Place scoops on the baking sheets.
  4. Using clean hands, roll each into a smooth ball. Insert the end of a stick halfway through the ball, pointing upwards out of the ball.
  5. Put the balls back on the sheet. Repeat until all cake mixture is used.
  6. Place in the freezer until the balls harden.

Dipping and Decorating

  • Melt dark or white chocolate chips or candy melts in double boiler (separate) on the stove. Stir well.
  • Dip each ball into the chocolate until covered. Sprinkle with sugars, nuts, etc.
  • Place back on the baking sheet or upright in the florist foam by inserting stick into the foam. Let harden.
  • If necessary, if the chocolate becomes too heavy or thick to coat, gently reheat in double boiler or the microwave and continue dipping balls.

DO NOT REFRIGERATE after dipping as they will drip or melt. Store in sealed storage containers or plastic storage bags.

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TIPS FOR CAKE POPS


  • You can use any flavor of moist cake
  • Use frostings or frosting mixes for coating
  • You can use leftover cake
  • Try diced dried fruit for a unique topping
  • Candy coated sunflower seeds makes a great topping
  • Try mini pretzels or various shaped candies
  • Use tiny marshmallows for a rocky road cake
  • Try edible ink pens to write on them
  • Use any kind of diced, chopped nuts
  • Any kind of candy sprinkles or sugars will do
  • Try flaked coconut as shown in the picture

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RECIPES FOR SUMMER BAKING


Whatever you decide to create in terms of cake pops, let your imagination be your guide.

These actually make very elegant gifts if wrapped in colored cellophane like a lollipop.

They can also make a beautiful table centerpiece and when it comes time to serve dessert, just reach in and grab one.

This is a fun project for parents and children alike. See what great ideas you can come up with for your own personalized cake pops.

If you've tried this before as a cake dessert, please share your favorite kinds with us in the comment section below.

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You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too~ 59 comments

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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon Author

LemonK--indeed, a great conversation piece and delicious as well!


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lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

these cake pops look kind of fun, especially to get people talking when you have them around. i guess the variations are now endless once you have the basic idea. thanks for the tips, i think having your posh friends around and presenting these would really break the ice. Thanks


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AlmostLola 5 years ago

Can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing.


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Hi Akirchner, your recipes are very appealing. I believe I can use these for practically any ocassion. They look so festive. Thanks for sharing.


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

OMG I was looking for different cake ideas and look what I found! This is great Audrey and as I'm an Aussie I have to make the lamington ones (the ones with choc and coconut for anyone who doesn't know what a lamington is). Thanks for a great recipe, beautful.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Wow, what a great and fun concept!

I have not seen cake pops here in Europe.

Thank you for inspiring me to try something new.

I will definitely have a go at making these.

Sannel


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi,

Oh these are wonderful! I have never heard of cake pops before but these sound delicious! I will gives these a try out for the nieces and nephews - well, after I've had a taste first!!! Many thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


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Miss Paula 5 years ago

these look real good vote you up. these can be useful for kids party.

GOD BLESS !!!!!!


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L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

What a neat concept! I'm passing this along to my granddaughter who has a fledgling baking business. This should add interest to her offerings.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

What a fun food project--so many ways to use them come to mind. Thanks much!


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bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

This looks great. I can't wait to try it!


TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi akirchner. Your cake pops recipe is a great idea for kids. And it looks pretty delicious. I'll probably enjoy it myself.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Mmmm this sounds awesome , i will have to try this one ! thanks for sharing!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Mmm looks delicious and I vote up plus bookmark

Take care

Eiddwen.


leann2800 5 years ago

These are so cute. Everybody has cake pops at every shower I go to. The coffee shops sell them. I always want more than just one. If I make them, I can have all I want. Thanks for sharing your tips :)


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Wow! This is a great and useful job. I will surely try it. Bookmark. Thanks for sharing.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Ray - but that is the best kind of cooking~~~ I take recipes and make them my own simply because I think it's all about doing that - so you are on spot already my "culinary" friend! It doesn't matter what we do as long as cooking makes people happy - that's always been my theory. I grew up very poor and without much in terms of ambience when it came to cooking. I think that's why I love being creative like I was as a child - I loved to cook even then to just make it seem more "fun" or think outside the box. That's what you're doing - and especially since you are um...male - I think that is spectacular~~~ I love men cooking - I quite frankly love anyone actually COOKING - and I love all that goes along with it. The conversation, the aromas, the kids playing, the dogs barking, the TV watching or the game playing. To me, cooking is an art - and if you do it....you're an artist~

Sandy - Thanks so much for your kind words - as always I just do it because I love new ideas and I love bringing folks to the table. I still think that is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and our families. ANYTHING that makes us have fun and teaches our kids how to take care of themselves....priceless as the cliche goes~! Thanks so much for the read!


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I have never seen cake pops before. These are really cute. And you have the magic words in here. Chocolate!


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Don't assume I have any sort of recipes. There is a reason I am second to my mother and that's because she bakes from scratch most of the time. :) I don't. I make everything that comes from the store or box. I don't have any recipes to share. I know enough to make great meals that would satisfy the hunger person and impress the ladies, but nothing much other than that. I have no background in culinary arts or of such. :) Sorry. :)


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

You definitely succeeded Ray~~~ Like I said, nothing sexier than a guy who knows his way around the kitchen as well as other rooms in the house...or a guy with a vacuum~~ Please share your recipes~ We all know I can't seem to have enough of them!


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Akirchner, I prefer to do all my own cooking and I make meals every night. When it comes to baking, I am second only to my mother. My father enjoyed cooking, just as much as I do, but he isn't around anymore(died 20+ yrs ago). He taught me how to cook. He told me I was to learn for two reasons- (a)survival and (b)impress the ladies. :)


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

That's quite funny, Ray....I love a guy who'll strap on an apron and start cooking. Nothing could be sexier other than a guy with a vacuum~ Enjoy and glad you liked it. I'm always interested in doing something out of the normal realm and this is a nice way to have your cake and eat it too!!


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

As usual Akirchner, you did an excellent job on this hub. It looks like I have some experimenting to do before the summer is out. Thank you for sharing such a unique idea. Voted it up! Marked it useful/awesome and interesting, because it is. :) I'm just glad I have the cake mix already and do not have to go shopping for it. LOL! :)


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Celebritys4africa~


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I rated up. Looks so delicious.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Prasetio - glad you liked - it's hard not to like cake, though~~~ Sending you a virtual cake pop!!

Om - I love my malamute "vultures" so no worries. I actually enjoy cooking because as a kid we were extremely poor (I think - pulling out my psychology degree now). We had very little "variety" and even as a kid, I wanted to cook but wasn't allowed to - always a calamity when you're being raised by a schizophrenic. (I know - weird but true)

So now I cook because I can - I do everything because I can I guess~ I just try and enjoy life and I want everyone around me to enjoy it with me. That is a gift in itself. So if you find yourself wanting to be my helper....or a vulture...no one gets turned away at Cafe Audrey~~ Canine or human! The biggest thrill for me is to have someone literally enjoy my food and even if virtually folks like it - mission accomplished always~ I just wish I could somehow infuse the aromas on the computer....hmmmm...I think software could be created~

Christina - Thanks - and I did think that they were kinda the "in" thing and loved them but would as always add my own twist thing. It is like sin on a stick~ When I have folks visiting, I'm going to try multiple cakes from scratch and multiple dippings and toppings~ I could make them for my husband but he thinks I'm trying to kill him with sweets~ (seriously - too much of anything at our age is not a good thing)


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Christina_Lucas 5 years ago from Frederick, MD

Their so beautiful and so popular right now. Very detailed, helpful post!


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Yeah, maybe some day I'll give you a visit. With me there, you might feel as though you have one extra malamute vulture rather than a help, though. lol


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this cake. It's totally colorful. I thought kids will love this cal also. Thanks for writing this. Well done, Audrey. Rate it up!

Prasetio


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hanna - I think I missed that accolade somewhere along the way - but I do love to cook~ Thanks for the read.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Audrey. have they ever told you that you are a genius? I am sure they did. Thank you for such agreat recipe.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Too funny, OM - come on up~! And then there are the circling malamute vultures....I didn't think it was possible for them to be vultures without wings but they somehow manage it. When I'm in the kitchen, suddenly I have 3 malamute RUGS to contend with. When I was doing my cheesecake hub, I ended up tripping over one of them and dropping it on the floor...I was very happy - especially since I had to jump on top of the cake to prevent Griffin from getting milk products~ Good lord - I need a helper!!! Maybe that's where you come in~~~~


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Oh thanks for the virtual napkin! My keyboard is dry now. Gosh, I wish I could participate in all of your taste tests, too. :)


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Jwhitman - Wish you were one of my teachers when I was in school~~~~ Glad you liked - and hope you enjoy making these. I loved doing projects with my kids during the summer.


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jwhitman 5 years ago from Albany, New York

Fantastic Hub! I voted up, interesting, and useful. I love how you made everything so easy to follow. I will definitely be making these with my kids before the summer is out. In fact, I'm thinking that my students will love them as well, and there is no better way to win them over early on than with delicious sweet treats!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Om - I'm sorry - really I am....okay I'm not~ We all have to have dessert stuff just in case, right? At least that's the excuse I'm going with. I get all my recipes together so that I know what to do when company comes. Seriously, I hardly ever make things until then...oh except the stuff that I taste test on Bob...and my son....and the neighbors sometimes. I like to cook though so it seems like recipes jump out at me and ideas abound~ Thanks for the read and I'm sending you a virtual napkin! Cloth of course - must save the environment 1 tree at a time!


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Audrey, I can't read your food hubs anymore. Every time I do, it makes me drool all over the computer. This hub is dangerously appetizing!!! ;P


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Exactly - we must pad ourselves for the winter, eh? I think I need to cut down on the padding to be sure. I love making stuff for other people to wolf down though...Bob claims that I'm TRYING to make him fat. Gosh, after 38 years, he found me out~ Thanks for the read and glad you liked~


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, you always manage to come up with something different! lol these sound delicious, and now we have the heat over here, we need something different to keep our energy up! any excuse for me to stuff myself! ha ha great stuff, cheers nell


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

BJ - I hear ya on the old cake - who has old cake lying about? I guess we can always hope~ Thanks for the read!

Thanks for the read, too Ashlea B - glad you liked. They really don't seem to be too bad - especially if you spread it out over 2 days!


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Ashlea B 5 years ago

i've always wondered how hard cake pops would be to make. doesn't look too hard. i'm saving this hub link so that i can come back to it in the future and try them out. they sound delicious.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Forget about Tootsie Pops. Forget about soda pop. Forget about Pop Corn. My new love is cake pops. Who would have thunk it? What a great way to give new life to old cake. Wait a minute. I never have any old cake left over to make these little suckers with. But they do look delicious, Audrey. Thanks for the cake pops newsflash.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Tebo - Think so too~!

KKG - I know what you mean - less guilt, more cake~


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a great idea. I would feel less guilty eating one of these than I would a slice of cake. Up and awesome.


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

They sound delicious. I will bookmark this hub and have a go at making these. Great idea. Would be good to take to a gathering for a sweet dish.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Sharyn's Slant - that sounds like a definitely great plan - someone else making them is even better~!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

YOU ARE SO CREATIVE AK!!! I loved this. I'm going to pass this on to one of my sisters . . . she has four kids and also teaches four-year old kids in preschool. I'll let her make them and then make sure I get some :) Fun hub! Thanks,

Sharyn


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

I never thought of doing that~~! I could definitely get "behind" that. This whole contest jazz is making me so nervous I probably will gain 15 pounds by next week! Gonna have to do a LOT of swimming around like a bumble bee so I'm not even THINKING about making these until company comes~ Thanks for the read - and the chuckle~


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Crewman6 5 years ago

Great idea. I think I'd need 2 batches. 50 pops for me, and 50 for the rest of the family! You said 200 calories, right? (I'm going to think 200 total, and if anybody tells me different, I'll plug my ears, close my eyes, and hum.)


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Randomcreative - I totally agree~! What a neat way to do something unique is what I thought when I first heard about these little "suckers" - ha ha - thanks for the read~


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I'm not a huge fan of cake either, but these are really cute! They would be adorable for a birthday party or shower. Thanks for all of the detailed directions and photos.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Wayne - I'll do it~! Should just load up the kitchen and go on tour in a motor home....just gotta keep my Griffin off the counters~!

Thanks Holle - wouldn't that be fun to do?? I don't have any grands - just Bob - but think he'd love them, too!!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

What a great idea!! The grands would love 'em! Rated up.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Mmmmm. Audrey, come on down and bring your recipes. It's so hot here is Texas and we could us these distracts to our comfort! LOL! WB


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Moonlake~!

Pamela - Isn't it just cute? I think they would make a great conversation "piece" too sitting on the table during dinner so am going to try that~!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Those are so cute and look delicious. What a neat idea. Rated up!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

These sound so good. Will keep this recipe.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Gordon - I'm not a huge dessert fan either - I love to cook them but usually only eat a tiny bit~ Go figure!! Thanks for the read and glad you liked!


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Great idea and Hub. I am sure they will be really popular with all age groups, not just young children. A fantastic way of combining two ideas in one. I remember my Mum used to do things like this when we were young and almost all the children loved them - bar one. There was always cheese on hand for this boy that, believe it or not, never did since his earliest childhood like sweet things! ;)

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