Almond Roca Cake Pops
Does how one eats something define who they are? Because, if that's the case, I may be in trouble.
I am a strange eater. First of all, I'm picky. It's been downgraded from "seriously picky" to "moderately picky" but still finicky, nonetheless. I don't like condiments. I don't like most fruit. Cooked leafy vegetables make me shudder. (I haven't, however, ever met a carb I didn't like...which figures.)
Besides being picky, I like to dismantle my food. I like to eat the best part last. (I'm the same way at the dinner table; vegetables get eaten first, followed by meat, then the pasta/potatoes/rice.) However, "saving the best part for last" is a bit difficult when you're eating, say, a bean burrito (no sauce, no onions) from Taco Bell.
I mean, the best part of a Taco Bell Bean Burrito is the tortilla. Sans beans. Duh.
You can probably imagine how I manage to eat the tortilla last. It does not involve a spork, although that might be a more appropriate way to eat something in a public restaurant. I eat the beans first, then the tortilla. It's a bit vampirish.
How do you eat a Reese's? I like the peanut butter best, so I save it for last. That entails eating the chocolate off the outside first.
Let's not even discuss Oreos or Peanut M&Ms. It might make you think I'm really strange.
Enter Almond Roca. I've loved that candy since I was a little girl. My husband loves them too. To me, the best part of an Almond Roca is the toffee. So, if you're following along, that means eating the chocolate and almonds first.
When I was creating the dessert table for my husbands' birthday party, I thought about putting a bunch of Almond Roca in a fancy vase. But I was already doing that with M&Ms and Reese's. So my mind turned to cake pops and the idea for these came to me.
To make them more like Almond Roca I added toffee bits into the cake mixture. I then dipped them in milk chocolate and sprinkled the pops with toasted almonds. The toffee adds a little crunch inside the cake pop, a nice surprise when you're expecting just a bite of cake. Of course, the almonds add crunch too. But, because I'm me, I ate the almonds first. Since the center of a cake pop is the best part, of course.
What can I say? I eat things weird. Wait a minute. What does that say about me?? (Don't answer that!)
Yield: approximately 40 pops, depending on size.
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