They're cute, they're cuddly, and if the hype leading up to the release of the next Star Wars installment is any indication, they're poised to be the next big thing.
We're talking about Porgs, of course: those adorable alien-penguin-puffin things that have quickly screamed their way into our hearts with their fluffy, squishy bodies and their huge, soulful eyes.
Forget epic battles between good and evil. Forget Rey and Kylo and BB-8 and all the rest of what makes Star Wars so epic. No, this movie is all about Porgs, and considering how absolutely ridiculously cute they are... is it any wonder?
Right now Porgs are everywhere, from pajamas to backpacks, collector figurines, plush toys, and everything in between. We've decided to embrace this Porg-sanity and take it one step further by coming up with what has to arguably be the most adorable treat yet on Fantastic Feasts: Porg pops.
Be warned, however. These things are so stinkin' cute that once you make them, they're really hard to eat.
You will need:
• 1 box of light colored cake mix in any flavor you like, prepared according to directions.
• 1 can of frosting that compliments your cake choice.
• 1/2 cup orange candy melts
• 1/2 cup brown candy melts
• 3 cups white candy melts (set aside ½ cup for later)
• 20 chocolate chips
• 3/4 cup light corn syrup, divided
You will also need:
• Cake pop sticks
• Three small pots for melting your candy melts
• Wooden spoon
• Styrofoam block (optional) or something to hold your cake pops upright while you work
• Large bowl for mixing cake crumbs
• Smaller, microwave-safe bowls for melting candy melts
• Plastic wrap
• Baking sheet
• Popsicle sticks
Start by first pulverizing your prepared cake into crumbs.
I put mine into a large bowl and smashed it with a wooden spoon.
Mix in just enough frosting to turn your crumbs into a thick paste that holds together when squeezed.
Scoop up roughly a tablespoon of this mixture at a time and form into a ball.
Continue doing this until you use up all your cake dough.
You want to make an even number of balls all roughly the same size.
Place your cake crumb balls onto your baking tray and pop into the freezer for about 10 minutes. The frosting will firm up in the cold and make them easier to work with.
While you're waiting for your cake balls to firm up, melt all of your white candy melts (minus the ½ cup for later) by either placing in a double boiler over boiling water, an electric chocolate melting pot, or by placing in a microwave-safe dish and zapping for 30-second bursts. Stir between bursts and continue to microwave until melted and smooth.
Once your white candy melts are liquid smooth, pull your cake balls out of the freezer.
Dip one end of a cake pop stick into the melted white candy melts and then stick into half of your cake balls.
Slide your baking tray back into the freezer and let the candy melts firm up. This will 'glue' the sticks into place, making it easier to construct your Porg pops as you go.
Next, take your cake pops with sticks in them and dab a generous blob of white candy melt on the top of your cake ball.
Using that as glue, stick another cake ball on top, creating a stack of cake balls two high.
Now is when you want to be able to start to use your Styrofoam block or cake ball holder as you’ll need to keep the pops upright from now on. Poke your 2-ball high cake pop sticks into the block and slide them into the fridge to firm up again (about 5 minutes).
Either dip your assembled cake pops into your white candy melt or use a spoon to scoop candy melt over your pops, coating both balls evenly.
Gently tap your cake pops to shake off any excess candy melt.
Return to the fridge to firm up (about 10 minutes) and then repeat the process again, leaving you with a pop with two layers of candy melt on them.
Once you have your cake pops stacked and double dipped in white candy melt, set them aside while we prepare the modeling chocolate we’ll use to decorate them.
In three separate bowls, melt down your brown candy melt, your orange candy melt, and the ¼ cup of white candy melt you saved from earlier.
Once those are all melted, let them rest for about 5 minutes. You’ll want the candy to still be liquid smooth, but just above the melting point.
One at a time, mix in ¼ cup of light corn syrup into each bowl.
At first, the candy melt and corn syrup will mix smoothly, but then you’ll notice the mixture getting thicker and thicker and harder to stir (Use either a wooden spoon or a stiff spatula to mix).
When the mixture comes together in a thick almost paste-like texture, pull out of the bowl and use your hands to knead together.
This part is VERY MESSY! I strongly suggest doing this part over the sink. As they mix, you’ll have a lot of liquid coming out of the dough…don’t worry, this is normal! Just keep kneading. Eventually, all the excess liquid will either drip off or be worked back into the dough and you’ll be left with a smooth clay-like final product.
Wrap each modeling chocolate ball in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge to firm up for about 30 minutes.
Now let’s assemble your Porg pops!
Using your straw, carefully mark out where you want the eyes to be on your top cake ball and press through the candy melt.
Be gentle! Push too hard and you risk smooshing your Porg’s face.
Using a little bit of any remaining candy melt (I threw half a dozen extra brown candy melts into my chocolate pot just for this step), press your chocolate chips into your Porg’s head, pointy end first.
You want the flat side to be facing outwards. If you have any excess melt on your Porg’s face, gently scrape off with the sharp end of a toothpick (it should pop right off pretty easily). We don't need any emo Porgs.
Pinch off a small bit of your orange modeling dough and start outlining the eyes of your Porg. Don’t forget the pointy little widow’s peak in the middle of the forehead!
The modeling chocolate will start out stiff and hard to work with, but as you play with it, the heat of your fingers will soften it, making it just sticky enough to adhere to the white shell on your cake balls. Use your fingers, toothpicks, or popsicle sticks to smooth and adjust your orange dough to create the outline of the Porg’s eyes.
Next, repeat this same procedure using the brown modeling dough. I found that starting at the top of the head and working around the eyes and then down the body was the easiest way to work. Pinch off balls of chocolate, knead with your fingers until soft and pliable, and then flatten into quarter-sized sheets. Press these onto your Porg’s body, smoothing with your fingers as you go.
*Side note, if you notice as you’re working that your modeling chocolate dough is getting too soft, simply pop the whole project into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm back up, then resume working.
To create the wings, take a pea-sized ball of brown chocolate and a pea-sized ball of white chocolate and press together and then pinch one end into a point.
Adhere to the body, white side down, and use your popsicle stick or toothpick to press the seam flat and blend into the rest of the brown body.
To make the Porg’s muzzle, roll a chubby tube of white and bend in the middle to create a kidney bean shape. Press into the face of your Porg.
You may end up covering a bit of the brown and orange you have already applied, which is fine.
To create the lower lip, roll a small ball of white and press into the underside of the kidney bean muzzle shape. Again, use your tools to smooth the seams.
Use the tip of your toothpick to press tiny nostrils into your Porg’s muzzle.
To create your Porg’s white eye spots, simply roll two tiny balls of white modeling chocolate and press into the chocolate chips.
Finally, to create the feet, just roll two small balls of orange modeling chocolate and press into the bottom of your Porg on either side of the cake pop stick.
And that’s it! You now have a completely adorable and edible Porg pop!
Good luck actually eating them, however. They’re so cute that it’s really hard to take that first bite!
Unless you’re a Wookie, that is.
To make more, simply follow the steps above! A full cake box should yield roughly 10-12 Porgs.
And if you're interested in making a batch of Wookie Cookies to go with your Porg Pops, we've got a Fantastic Feasts full recipe here!