Do you like cake on a stick?
I absolutely love when I am walking around the streets of New York and happen upon a bakery that I didn’t know existed. I stop in my tracks, do a double take, and then promptly open the door and walk in. This time around I found a little shop in Chelsea called Stick&Pop. The two adorable owners greeted me as I came in. One was sugaring pops and the other was graciously helping me decide on what to choose. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I LOVE cake pops! To me, it’s the best bite of a piece of cake on a stick. At Stick&Pop you can choose between cake pops, mini pops, cups, and their newest item, a combined cupcake and cake pop. After much debate I chose a Nutty Bunny pop and a Johnny Cakes cup. The girls wouldn’t let me leave without sampling their newest invention, the Frankenfetti, so I had one of those too. (Should I mention that I was trying to take a day off from sweets?) My Nutty Bunny pop had a carrot cake center, a white chocolate coating and a walnut crumbs crust. The center was so underbaked it reminded me of cookie dough but with carrot pieces and spices mixed in. The white chocolate coating was thin and cracked perfectly around each bite while the walnut crumbs gave excellent texture and flavor.
Stick & Pop does mini versions of their pops since the original pops are a rather large size, called cups. The cups are essentially a two bite version and come in all the same flavors. I chose the Johnny Cake cup because it consisted of peanut butter cake dipped in dark chocolate covered in pretzels and sea salt – I love all those things! This two bite wonder was fantastic. Again the center was dough like, extremely moist and chewy, lingering on the roof of my mouth. The dark chocolate helped to balance the richness from the pb center while the salted, crushed pretzel topping brought all the flavor and punch. The cups are a wonderful way to try out flavors of pops without eating a dozen of them!
The Frankenfetti, their newest creation, were either coated in white chocolate or milk chocolate. I went for white since it was a vanilla funfetti cake. It was small in size, about two bites, but there was a lot going on in this dessert! The bottom half was a funfetti cupcake, then there was a thin layer of chocolate which separated the mini cake pop top. All of that was covered in white chocolate and waffle cone pieces. It was good to have the layer of chocolate separating the two halves because it helped to differentiate the cake from the cakepop. However, I think there could be a bit more of the cupcake portion to balance out the pop on top. It was nice to get the fluffy baked cake texture with the ultra chewy pop consistency and I could have used a little more.
All in all, I was pretty impressed with Stick&Pop! The pops and cups would be perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or any corporate event. They are so pretty when displayed and come in many variations of flavors, it would be a no brainer dessert hit for your next event. I’m so glad I stumbled upon Stick&Pop!