This collection of spring dessert recipes is by guest poster Shaye Walsh from the blog, Simply Shaye. It is just in time for Something-on-a-Stick day! Shaye lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her son, William. She has a passion for traveling, fitness, budgeting, fun, and of course—food!
“Something on a Stick “ Day on March 28th is the perfect catalyst to feed my recent obsession with any kind of food that can be put on a stick. My kids love the fun of eating lollipop-type foods, even if it’s healthy dinners like veggies or grilled chicken. And it makes clean-up a lot easier for me. After coming up with a bunch of different variations of corndogs, I wanted to find something a little more creative, and a little more festive. I am a huge fan of dessert, and with the start of spring, I thought it would be great to come up with spring-themed dessert items—all that can be eaten on a stick.
Lion and Lamb Cake Pops
One of my favorite spring-themed sayings is “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” It definitely speaks to our weather here in Milwaukee, and I think it’s a cute way to characterize the beginning of my favorite season. I wanted to create a dessert inspired by this saying, and I decided that cake pops would be the perfect place to start. Instead of standard round cake pops, I wanted to make little lions and lambs, as a fun way to honor March and the start of spring. I found these great recipes that are simple and look delicious!
April Showers Bring May Flowers
Another spring saying that I love is “April showers bring May flowers.” Since the cake pops will be targeting March, why not look ahead to May’s flowers with some cookies on a stick? Flowers are my favorite part of spring, and cookies on a stick are a great way to jazz up a traditional cookie and make eating it more fun. Plus, the sticks can also serve as the stems to the flowers, making the presentation look really great. Now I must confess that baking isn’t my strong suit. In fact always tend to burn things so this is going to be a challenging endeavor. Thankfully I stumbled upon this site that has amazing looking cookies on a stick. They have much better flower options than I could ever have made myself.
Chocolate Strawberries with a Twist
I absolutely love chocolate covered strawberries (or chocolate covered anything, for that matter), but I wanted to try something a little different for my food on a stick desserts. I came across this recipe for chocolate strawberry waffle balls on the Food Network website, and knew that I had to try them. They look so amazing, I may even substitute the chocolate out for some nutella to make it even more of a treat! It’s a great twist to the classic chocolate strawberry, and waffles are always a crowd pleaser. The recipe is simple, fun, and sure to yield great results. I know my kids are going to love these!
Mini Pudding Pops
I couldn’t make food on a stick desserts without including the classic ice pop. There are so many different options for homemade ice pops, whether you want to include fruit, yogurt, or my favorite, pudding. For the start of spring, I wanted to make something that I haven’t done before, and I came across a great recipe for mini coffee pudding pops. They mix the delicious flavors of coffee and chocolate, and are small enough that they won’t be too filling. Plus, they can be enjoyed on a stick, and fit perfectly with the rest of my springtime stick desserts.
With spring on the horizon I am getting even more excited about foods on a stick. With the warmer weather comes festivals and with them food on a stick vendors. Hopefully I will get some more inspiration from them to keep playing around with this idea. What is your favorite food on a stick?