Thanksgiving Donut Pops


At exactly 2:43 p.m. this afternoon, I rolled the door of our minivan open, waving my children frantically inside. I felt like a getaway driver. An accomplice to three days of school truancy. Guilty of keeping beloved babes prisoner for the holiday.

Of course, school is officially out and the kids won’t be missing anything at all. But, having them home, Home, HOME! for the rest of the week feels like a wicked indulgence. I plan to steal every possible moment with them. I hate sharing them with teachers and schedules and other such responsible endeavors. I’m a total thug that way.

The holiday season has begun, and I couldn’t be more grateful. We’ve big plans to spend the week together. Just me, the hubs, the kids. Shopping, chopping, whisking, baking, stirring, tasting. I anticipate a weekend so full of family fun you could call it a felony.

A weekend to which I say: Lock me up and throw away the key. This is one life sentence I’m more than happy to serve.Photobucket




Thanksgiving Donut Hole Pops

I've been a huge fan of Bakerella's Cake Pops since her very first post, but I've never actually made them. Somehow, the idea of making a whole cake then smashing it into oblivion is a concept I've never been able to put into practice. After seeing several takes on donut hole acorns online, I wondered if the kids and I could conjure a few fun donut hole pops for Thanksgiving. Sure enough, with a bit of chocolate-flavored candy melt, a few popscicle sticks, and a handful of commonly found candies, we were only minutes away from having a batch full of these three, adorable treats. Anything so cute and so simple should be seriously illegal.


1 box plain donut holes
1 package of Candiquik chocolate flavored candy melt
15-20 long, thin wooden popscicle sticks

1/5 cup chocolate sprinkles

2 tablespoons mini white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon blue or green flat, circular sprinkles
15-20 candy corns
15-20 red Jelly Belly jellybeans or red licorice candies

5 pretzel sticks, broken into half-inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped nuts


For basic chocolate covered donut pops, melt the Candiquik according to package directions. Carefully press a wooden popscicle stick into the center of a donut hole, then roll it around gently until covered with chocolate coating. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off of the donut pop. Decorate immediately using any of the three techniques below.

2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles
Follow the basic directions, coating the donut holes one at a time, and decorating them immediately, before the chocolate hardens. To decorate: a) Sprinkle lightly with choclate sprinkles. b)Stick donut pops into a block of styrofoam and allow time to cool & hardened.

Follow the basic directions, coating the donut holes one at a time, and decorating them immediately, before the chocolate hardens. To decorate: a) press one candy corn into the center of the donut hole to make a 'beak,' b) gently place two mini white chocolate chips tip-side down for the eyes. c) Dip the tip of a jelly bean into the melted chocolate coating, then press it gently into place below the candy corns. Stick donut pop into a block of styrofoam until hardened. d) Once hardened, melt a tablespoon of white chocolate chips in a ziploc bag, snip off a very tiny part of the corner, and pipe a bit of melted chocolate onto the 'eyes' then quickly press a sprinkle atop to make the colored part of the eye. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

Follow the basic directions, coating the donut holes one at a time, and decorating them immediately, before the chocolate hardens. To decorate: a) press a wooden popscicle stick into the center of the donut holes. b) dip only the top half of each donut, immediately coating them with chopped nuts and pressing a pretzel stick into the stop part of the donut. c) Stand donut pops upright on a piece of styrofoam. Allow chocolate coating to harden before serving.

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22 Responses to “Thanksgiving Donut Pops”

  1. 1

    ♥peachkins♥ on November 24, 2010 at 3:34 am Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. 2

    Kate on November 24, 2010 at 4:20 am Reply

    beautiful pops! Happy Thanksgiving to you :)

  3. 3

    Karina on November 24, 2010 at 7:57 am Reply

    Love the acorn pops, so cute and creative! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. 4

    AmberRose on November 24, 2010 at 8:58 am Reply

    what a cute idea!

  5. 5

    baking.serendipity on November 24, 2010 at 10:26 am Reply

    These are adorable! I've never seen donut pops before…how creative! Enjoy the extra time with your family and your Thanksgiving :)

  6. 6

    Miss Candiquik on November 24, 2010 at 11:12 am Reply

    Love, love, love 'em! And Amen to donut hole pops – a few less steps than cake pops ;) perfect for this busy time of year.

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  7. 7

    smalltownoven on November 24, 2010 at 11:32 am Reply

    Those acorns are positively adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. 8

    Diana on November 24, 2010 at 11:54 am Reply

    Adorable! What a great idea for doughnut holes!

  9. 9

    Jennifer (Savor) on November 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Oh honey – thank you for the reminder of using a donut hole shortcut!!

  10. 10

    theblogisthenewblack on November 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I especially love the acorns! Great job!

  11. 11

    Cupcake Activist on November 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I love this idea and it's so much easier than cake pops!

  12. 12

    honeybeecooksjackfruit on November 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Those are adorable!!! Happy Thanksgiving

  13. 13

    Diana on November 25, 2010 at 10:41 am Reply

    A really great idea and so unique – i bet the kids really loved them!!

  14. 14

    Shaina on November 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm Reply

    These are absolutely adorable!

  15. 15

    Stephanie on November 27, 2010 at 9:24 am Reply

    Too cute! Love the acorns – very clever.

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    Just Liz on November 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm Reply

    The acorns are just too cute! I have to try these as soon as possible!

  17. 17 on November 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm Reply

    You are so freakin' creative & these pops are to die for. Hope you had a great time being locked up with the kids for the super long weekend.
    Happy to read you did not smash a cake to make these babies. xo

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    Leslie on November 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm Reply

    Totally adorbs!

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest on December 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm Reply

    OMGoodness I LOVE your Acorn Donut Hole Pops!!!! TOO CUTE!

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    Lesley on February 21, 2011 at 8:54 am Reply

    I was in the grocery just this week and saw the doughnut holes. I turned to my daughter and said that these would make amazing cakepops, lol! I absolutely love your blog. I’ve made a few things from your recipe index and my family and friends love them. Thanks for inspiring me to push myself.

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