A recent WalMart ad for the new Muppet movie DVD featured a photo of and video link for Swedish Chef Pops. The ad was cleverly done. The grocery list could be shopped at WalMart and you were encouraged to buy the ingredients and DVD, make the pops, then enjoy a family movie night while munching treats that resemble the Swedish chef. A fan of the Muppet’s latest big-screen adventure (as well as the Swedish chef), I was easily sold on the concept. (The cookie pop part, not the shopping for everything at WalMart part.)
When my oldest came home from school with the recipe for these cookie pops (her class had watched the video as part of their puppet unit), I knew we had a project for the evening. Admittedly, I’m not especially good at decorative baking; my style is a bit too casual to make things look “just so.” That said, this seemed a fun project. We had everything we needed save circus peanuts and fruit leather. A quick trip to the grocery store solved the circus peanut shortage and we decided to flatten red Starburst® candies instead of buy fruit leather.
After a quick supper of scrambled eggs, toast, and strawberries (had to be healthy if the cookie pops were coming), we frosted and sprinkled our way to six Swedish chef pops. They were a bit putzy (and messy), but fun to make. And while they won’t win any nutrition awards, each pop has fewer calories than a candy bar or large cookie. There are worse foods you can serve to kids. If you like the Muppets, sweets, and playing with your food, I say give it a go.
Swedish Chef Pops
Adapted slightly from http://www.dashrecipes.com/recipes/dr/s/swedish-chef-pops.html Follow the link for more detail on assembly.
- 2 vanilla wafer cookies
- Creamy peanut butter (used crunchy as it was all we had)
- 1 wooden craft stick
- Unsweetened shredded coconut, tinted with orange food color
- 1 orange circus peanut marshmallow candy
- 1 large marshmallow
- Cream cheese
- 1 (1-inch) piece red fruit leather
For each pop, spread a bit of peanut butter on flat side of each cookie. Press flat sides of cookies together, inserting craft stick between cookies to form “pop.” Create bushy “eyebrows” and “mustache” on one side of cookie pop using peanut butter as “glue.” Cut small piece from circus peanut and attach as “nose.” Cut large marshmallow into 3 circles and press pieces together, fanning slightly, to form chef’s hat. Attach to pop with cream cheese. Twist fruit leather to form bow; attach to craft stick just below cookie for bow-tie.