These tasty pops were made for Smalls' birthday because she's a second generation Turtles fan (I swear we don't push her into this stuff!) and because I think cake pops work really well for toddlers. And for 20 somethings. And 30 somethings. I'm posting this today because the new Turtles game, "Out of the Shadows", releases this Wednesday (August 28, 2013 for Xbox 360 and Steam [PC], and then September 24, 2013 for Playstation 3).
Note: This post is more of a how-to for decorating your cake pops to look like Ninja Turtles rather than a recipe (the cake pops recipe can be found here). I used Tootsie Fruit Rolls and Frooties (also from Tootsie). If you can't find these specific candies, you can use colored fondant which can be handmade (recipe here) or found at Michaels. The cake flavor you use is completely up to you (I used red velvet).
Also, depending on the TMNT series or what promotional images you look at (like the one above) you'll notice that the Turtles are often depicted with specific shades of green. Donatello is usually the lightest green and Raphael is usually the darkest. Michelangelo is often shown as a blueish green or a light green and Leonardo is plain green. I used two different candy melt greens and did a little combining, but you can do whatever you like. It's really the masks that make the pops anyway.
Cake Pops (recipe here, shaping instructions in step 1 below)
Tootsie Fruit Rolls
Vanilla (in a blue wrapper)
Pop Sticks, of course!
Styrofoam Block, or something else that the cake pops can stand upright in after being dipped.
3. Place the candy bandana strips onto the green coated cake pops (the stickiness of the candy will make it stay on the pops), gently stretching the strips if needed to go all the way around. On the back of each turtle head, where the bandana ends meet, stick on a couple of candy strip bits to make it look like the bandanas are tied on. Next, carefully stick the flat vanilla eyes onto the bandanas & then stick on the vanilla mouths. If at any point you find the flattened candy is not sticking properly you can use tiny toothpick dabs of melted chocolate to hold the bits in place.