Fans of Harry Potter will remember the chocolate frogs, a popular treat that sometimes moved a little fast. They made a big impression on a lot of kids, so mine were delighted when I decided to have a go at making some at home. These chocolate popping frogs are a huge hit with my kids and their friends.
Obviously, there’s no way to really make them hop, unless you really are a wizard. But you can add Pop Rocks to chocolate, which gets the idea across and is a lot of fun.
We had to experiment a little to figure out which kind of chocolate worked best. In general, a darker chocolate seems to work better than milk chocolate. The Pop Rocks fizzed quite a bit more when being mixed into milk chocolate, which meant less popping when the kids ate the frogs.
You will also want to consider the age of the kids eating these treats. Some may not be up for a darker chocolate, and the milk chocolate will have to do.
And of course, you need frog molds. Amazon has a great selection of candy molds, and what it came down to for us was a combination of a frog shape we liked without it being too large. Yes, the movie ones are pretty big, but that’s not ideal for snacking.
These frogs are great if you want to have a Harry Potter themed party, a Halloween party, or anytime you think you can get away with putting chocolate popping frogs out on the table.
Pop Rocks can be a little hard to find at times, but I have a trick for this treat. When Halloween comes around, the dollar store by me gets bags of off brand popping candies. Pop Rocks by any other name do quite well in this recipe. They’re sold in a pouch with a bunch of tiny pouches to hand out to trick or treaters. Before Halloween, they’re a little cheaper than buying the same amount of Pop Rocks. After Halloween, they go on sale for $0.25 a pack, and that’s when I get my supply for the year.
It’s a bit of extra work opening all the packets, but I don’t worry about mixing the flavors. You don’t really notice the flavor of the Pop Rocks once they’re in the chocolate anyhow.
The first thing you do is melt your chocolate. I use a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring each time.
Once the chocolate is melted, pour in the Pop Rocks. It takes quite a bit to get a good level of popping into the chocolate.
Stir them up and spoon into the frog molds. Tap the molds on the counter to get rid of as many bubbles as possible.
Refrigerate until firm, then pop out of the mold. You can keep them in the fridge if the weather is warm, just so they don’t melt too fast when guests grab them. If you want to get fancy you can print up a box for them, but I’ve never had anyone really care about the box. It’s chocolate! And Pop Rocks! In frog shapes! They usually don’t care beyond that.
Chocolate Popping Frogs
10 oz 60% cacao chocolate, chopped (or preferred chocolate)
1-2 oz popping candy
Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between rounds. When chocolate is smooth, add popping candy to taste, stirring until well mixed. Some popping of the candy is normal.
Spoon mix into frog molds. Tap on counter to remove bubbles and get a smooth finish on top.
Refrigerate until firm, about one hour, then remove from molds and prepare for the fun.
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