I was at home in Canada for a brief visit last month and heard a commercial for cheesecake pops. My mouth immediately began watering. What a fantastic idea-only I did not want to have to buy them. I wanted to find a way to make them myself. So I called up my brother who just graduated from pastry school at the French Culinary Institute in NewYork City and asked him if he would help me come up with a cheesecake pop that any home cook could make. I wanted something that didn't involve the overwhelming and time consuming business of making and baking a real cheesecake first and I wanted something that was delicious. People, my brother delivered on both fronts.
This is his little business that he has started on the side of his full time job: Dessert of Course. And just a pat on the back for him: he was a Broadway performer extraordinaire and hung up his dancing shoes to pursue his other love: sugar, and I think he has found a perfect fit for himself. Now onto the good stuff.
So for this recipe you will need:
A no bake cheesecake mix
Milk (to go in the mix)
Candy canes (crushed)
Chocolate cookies (he used wafers, I used Oreos)
White candy melts (or what ever color suits your fancy)
Sucker sticks (or I used Popsicle sticks)
Once they are firm, take the out of the freezer and insert the sucker sticks. You can dip the ends of the sticks in some candy melts (melted of course) first before inserting and that will help to hold them in place. I didn't do this with the Popsicle stick method.
Return those to the freezer and in the meantime melt your candy melts according to the package directions (only add 1 tbsp of shortening once they are melted to help thin the candy coating down).