I hope you’re currently experiencing a heat wave, there is ample space in your freezer and you’ve got your favorite popsicle molds at the ready (since everyone always asks me, this is mine). Because it’s officially Popsicle Week! The (unofficial) best week of the Summer!
This is the fifth installment of Popsicle Week, an event organized by Billy from Wit & Vinegar. Last year, bloggers contributed over 100 creative and unique popsicle recipes. And from the sound of things, this year is shaping up to be just as big and delicious as years past.
You can find links to ALL the popsicles from this year and the previous four years HERE!
Seriously. I wasn’t kidding when I said you need to make space in your freezer.
Two years ago, I made these Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles and these Green Smoothie Breakfast Popsicles. And last year, I made these Prosecco Raspberry Popsicles. I figured for this year, it was time to go a little more indulgent.
Please silence your phones and take notice of the emergency exits. Because today’s screening of Movie Theater Candy Cheesecake Popsicles is about to start.
At my core, I’m a huge candy lover. But I don’t allow myself to buy it at the grocery store. Because if it’s in my house, I’ll devour the entire bag/box/bar/whatever at an alarming rate. Instead, I treat myself to all the classic candies that I love when I go out to the movies. It’s my time to indulge.
I decided to gather up a few of my favorite movie theater candies and freeze them into smooth, creamy cheesecake popsicles for the ultimate Summer treat. I choose Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers and York Peppermint Patties, but you could use whatever candy is your favorite (although, I might stay away from candies with a hard outer shell, for fear of cracking a tooth). Just chop them up small and drop them into the cheesecake popsicle base. Easy peasy.
I also used only one type of candy per popsicles, but you could definitely mix and match your candies to take these popsicles even more over the top. Why not, right?
Remember to keep tabs on Billy’s Popsicle Week webpage for all the popsicle recipes. You can also follow along on social media with the hashtag #popsicleweek. And most importantly, stay cool!
Whether you’re a baker, math nerd or just a straight up hungry person, today is a day worthy of celebration. It’s Pi Day. The annual observance of the mathematical constant π (pi), who’s first three digits are 3.14 ( = March 14).
So of course, the best way to celebrate Pi Day is by making, eating and sharing actual pies. Right?
Did you know that I basically spent all of my 20’s in either a research laboratory or a classroom? Yup, it’s true. I was busy getting my PhD in Biochemistry, and then later completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Biology. And I was blinding men with my scientific prowess left and right (not really, but a girl can dream). Full on goggles and lab coat and all that good stuff. So as a bona fide science dork turned food blogger, Pi Day hits home for me on so many levels. Thus, it’s a day that I couldn’t let pass without some recognition.
As much as I love desserts, I must admit that pie is never really my go-to. I’m much more of a cake and ice cream kind of gal. So for my Pi Day inspiration, I asked my Mom for some help. She sent me a rhubarb and berry pie recipe that she had torn out from the pages of a 2001 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s a recipe that she’s made successfully dozens of times over the years. And with some early season rhubarb in hand, I decided it would be a good one to adapt for today’s post.
The original recipe is for a full pie. But I flipped the script and turn it into individual hand pies instead. Because who doesn’t love cute little hand pies?!?!
Because these hand pies don’t take as long to bake as a full sized pie, I pre-cooked the filling ingredients on the stove top for a few minutes. This also helps to get rid of some of the excess juices from the fruits, so the hand pies come out with a wonderfully flakey crust that isn’t mushy at all. The filling is almost jam-like, and these Rhubarb-Berry Hand Pies with Chocolate kind of remind me of a Pop-Tart, which were a childhood favorite of mine.
The buttermilk pie crust recipe is from Joy the Baker. It’s hands down my favorite pie crust recipe ever. I can’t imagine ever needing another one. If you’ve ever made pie dough before, I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “pea-sized pieces of butter”. This is the size of butter that most recipes will tell you to aim for as you work the butter into the dry ingredients. I actually find this to be misleading. You want the butter to be pea-sized by the END of making/shaping the dough. Not during the middle of the process. Because as you work the dough, the butter pieces will just keep getting smaller and smaller. So I aim for kidney bean-sized pieces of butter, which by the end will be reduced in size closer to that of a pea. Does that make sense?
To make sure all my hand pies were the same size, I actually created a template with a piece of paper and used that as a guide to cut out the rectangles of dough. You certainly don’t have to be that fussy, but I wouldn’t be my overly obsessive scientific self if I didn’t go the extra mile to make them all evenly sized. Using a 4 X 5-inch template, I was able to cut out 14 rectangles, giving me a total of seven hand pies. If you need more pies, just make and use a smaller template.
The final ingredient worth mentioning here is the chocolate. I added chopped dark chocolate to the filling, which melts into deliciously decadent little pockets of goodness during baking. And for the finishing touch, I channeled Jackson Pollock and drizzled some melted chocolate over top. Personally, I LOVE chocolate paired with fruit. But if you’re a purest either way, you can leave it out.
Happy Pi Day! I hope you all get the chance to celebrate!