[5th contest] Pom Poms

Updated: Apr 29


Pom Poms


Details


Makes 24

Approximate total time: 2 hours


Ingredients


1/2 cup juice (I used Pom Pomegranate juice)

1 1/2 tsp sugar

1/2tsp + a pinch agar agar

1 cup chocolate chips

1 Tbs coconut oil

4oz dark chocolate vegan chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup sugar

1/4tsp tapioca starch

(Makes about 1 gummy tray plus extra, enjoy the leftover bears as a treat! Toss them in caster sugar, and if you want them to be a little sour, blend the sugar with vitamin C crystals)

1/2 cup coconut cream (1 can) (if using full fat canned coconut milk, be sure to put the can in the fridge as soon as you get home to make it easier to remove the fat)


Chef Notes

If you are not vegan and prefer milk chocolate, feel free to use that!

Also to make these more fun and colorful you can use white chocolate and food coloring for the shells!



What you’ll need


Measuring cups (preferably metal, if not that’s okay too!)

Can opener

Measuring spoons

Plastic gloves

Small cheap paint brushes

Small sauce pot

Small Whisk

1-2 gummy bear trays

1 dropper

Small bowl

Spoon

Silicone Tray 1” half spheres

Sheet pan

Silpat mat/non stick mat

Rack

Small bowl

Spoon

Two snack sized or sandwich sized baggies


Instructions


Gummy bear part

The first thing you will need to do is make your tapioca so that it can set in time!


1. In a small saucepot combine juice, agar agar powder, and tapioca starch


2. Stir, and continue to stir as you heat the mixture until it comes to a gentle boil. Allow to boil for a few minutes, then turn off the heat.


3. After the mixture cools for a few minutes, use the dropper to fill the bears on the mold.

Be sure to pop any bubbles before they set.


4. Allow to cool on the counter so the mixture will set before you move them to the fridge to finish setting



Second part

5. Combine Chocolate Chips and coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl.


6. Microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring between each until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Gently mix with a spoon to avoid making air bubbles.


7. Using a small spoon, on each tray fill 12 half spheres, pressing the chocolate all the way up on the sides. Then quickly swirl and turn the tray upside down over the rack that is inside a silpat lined sheet pan to allow the excess chocolate to drip out.


8. When the chocolate is done dripping out (it takes less than a minute), move the tray to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set.


9. While the first layer of chocolate is setting, we will make the pudding part of our filling and the come back to the chocolate spheres.



Third part


10. Put coconut fat in a small bowl. If chilled, microwave for 1 minute. If not, heat for 30-45 seconds.


11. Add your chocolate chips and sugar into the hot coconut fat. Stir until dissolved.

Microwave for an additional 30 seconds if needed to fully melt and dissolve chocolate and sugar.


12. Once all ingredients are fully mixed, allow to cool for a few minutes. Then pour the chocolate pudding into two plastic ziplock bags and place in the fridge to finish cooling.



Final Steps! (This may take a while....)


13. If you chocolate and coconut mixture has cooled, microwave for 30 seconds or until soft and runny.


14. Apply a second layer of chocolate in the half sphere molds.


15. While the chocolate is setting, let’s prepare our assembly station.


REMEMBER! when working with chocolate, you want everything to be cold. So crank the A/C or open a window to let cold air in. Work on a chilled surface like a chilled sheet pan or a cool stone counter top.