I’m not typically an out-and-about-type of girl.
I don’t go on crazy explorations or stay out late or visit the country often. I mean, only fairly recently did I see a real-life raccoon.
So when people find out I’ve never seen a coyote, owl, snake, or bat before, they get all gasp-y and say “where have you been!?” like those creatures regularly hang out together at night in the country.
First of all, I’m a suburbia girl. While we have tons of wildlife preserves nearby and coyotes do roam our streets at night sometimes, we by no means live in the “country.” Frankly, the country scares me.
As far as I’m concerned, murderers live in the country. They live in creaky log cabins with scary dungeons below their floorboards. They seek out lone homes at nighttime to stalk and lurk. That’s why I’d never live in the country. If something bad happened to me, I would have no neighbors to run screaming to.
Also, I don’t hang out at night. I barely can stay up until 10 to watch new episodes of TV shows, much less hang out later than that to catch a possible glimpse at wildlife or nightlife. I pretty much go into a zombie mode, complete with droopy eyes, slurring words, and possible drool.
…which makes me a really fun partier, Jessie would say.
So have I seen a real-life bat? No. But I know what they look like, and I know I wanted to make some out of Ding Dongs. Because that’s what lame, unexplore-y people like me do when they’re sitting inside, imagining what they think bats look like (they look like Ding Dongs, right??)
Okay, so let me preface this by saying I made these bats during a… hellish kinda weekend. My chocolate had congealed 3987238 times and the wings on these little guys don’t look as polished as I’d liked. However, I think they are still super cute regardless!
Ding Dong Bat Pops *inspired by THIS version at Hungry Happenings
1 pkg Ding Dong snack cakes
1 pkg chocolate candy bark (like Candiquik)
Yogurt chips (for fangs)
1. Unwrap your snack cakes and separate. Gently press a popsicle stick into the bottom of the snack cake and freeze to harden.
2. Melt half of the chocolate bark. Pour into a piping bag attached with a small round tip (I used Wilton #7). Pipe bat wings onto a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet (if you’d like–and I recommend–draw a stencil to help you trace out the wing shape). Fill in lightly with the chocolate, and freeze to harden.
3. Now, melt the remaining chocolate and dip the pops into the chocolate to coat thoroughly. Gently set the coated pop in the center of the bat wingspan. Top with candy eyeballs and yogurt chip teeth. Allow the pops to set.
4. If desired, sprinkle remaining pops with festive Halloween sprinkles. Store these airtight, at room temperature. They’d be great goodie bag gifts!!
As I mentioned before, some of my wings were wonky-looking, but I think that’s what makes these little bats cute. And since some of my wingspans didn’t turn out, I did some plain sprinkled pops which are pretty cute, too.
I hope you enjoy!