As a little kid, rocky road ice cream was my favorite flavor. The anticipation of biting into either a marshmallow or nuts made eating the ice cream all the more fun. Although I am a huge fan of cake pops, I had this picture pop into my mind of marshmallow pops dipped in dark chocolate with a light sprinkle of chopped toasted almonds. I applied the same techniques as I do to make cake pops and as a result, these rocky road marshmallow pops were born.
I also experimented with dipping each marshmallow half way and just the tops in chocolate. As a result I decided these pops can be made with with just a little bit of chocolate or completely covered without compromising the cuteness factor or taste.
As for the chocolate, I decided to go with a dark chocolate with 61% cacao. I used the microwave to heat the chocolate in 30 second intervals until it was nice and smooth. Although I used dark chocolate, you could use whatever kind you like including chocolate coating. If for some reason you needed to thin the chocolate out, you could either use a teaspoon of shortening or food grade extra virgin coconut oil.
After chopping the nuts, I dry toasted them in a skillet on high heat until fragrant. I would recommend chopping them more finely than the picture below shows so that the bigger pieces do not pull the chocolate off before cooling.
Here’s a picture of my semi-dipped pops and I love them just as much as the fully coated ones. Aren’t they beautiful?These pops would be great for parties and favors. I know many of you will want to know exactly how many these will make. Depending on how much chocolate and nuts you use, the amount of ingredients will vary. But you will get at least 36 fully coated pops with one bag of dark chocolate chips and more with partially dipped ones.
Before posting the recipe, I would like to ask you to keep Angie, also known as Bakerella, in your thoughts and prayers. She’s been in the hospital and is very sick right now. You can read her story here. She’s the ultimate inspiration for pops on a stick and we want her to feel better soon so she can continue to inspire the world with her bite-sized treats.
- 1 - 10 oz bag dark chocolate chips/chunks
- 1 bag large marshmallows
- ½ cup chopped toasted almonds
- special equipment: 36 lollipop sticks
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in thirty second intervals, stirring after each time until the chocolate is smooth. Dip a lollipop stick ¼" in and then into a marshmallow ¾ of the way through. Dip marshmallows into the chocolate until coated. Tap the stick until excess chocolate has dripped off. Sprinkle chopped almonds on each pop and allow them to dry by sticking the end of the stick into a foam block.