Three quick, easy, and tasty desserts

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Chocolate candy cups

You will need:

2 bags chocolate chips (amount varies depending on how many you want to make)

1 bag balloons

Parchment paper

Baking sheet

Your favourite candy

Method: 

This recipe requires a little more finesse, as the balloon factor can be tricky. You might lose a few cups in the process, but if you practice enough, I guarantee you can perfect this technique and add a cute, unique dessert to your repertoire. First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, blow up however many balloons you need to correspond to the number of cups you want to make. Each balloon should be about the size of an orange. Melt the chocolate chips, either in the microwave or by double-boiling (the latter will yield better results but requires more effort). Once the chocolate is melted, dip the bottom of each balloon into the bowl until they are thoroughly coated. Place each coated balloon on the baking sheet, chocolate side down. Leave until thoroughly cooled and hardened. Now comes the hardest part: popping the balloons. I recommend simply poking a tiny hole and letting the air stream out slowly, but just popping them can be more fun. Once the air is out of the balloon, carefully peel it out of the chocolate shell, and voila! Now, fill your chocolate cups with whatever takes your fancy: candy, more chocolate, fruit, ice cream, whipped cream — the opportunities are endless!

Frozen smoothie cubes:

You will need:

Your favourite fruit

A Blender

Ice tray (empty)

Tooth picks

Method:

This could not be faster or more idiot-proof (for those of us who feel not exactly at home in the kitchen). Simply add your favourite fruit or mix of fruits into your blender, and blend it to a smoothie-like consistency (don’t forget to put the lid on). Pour the smoothie into an empty ice tray; if it is already thick enough, stick a toothpick in each cube right away. If not, put the tray in the freezer and wait 15 minutes to half an hour, then add the tooth picks. Leave in a freezer until completely frozen, and remove as you would an icecube—whenever you want a tasty frozen treat!

Chocolate-covered kiwi pops

You will need:

Kiwis (1 will make about 5 pops)

1 bag chocolate chips

Popsicle sticks

Baking sheet

Parchment paper

Method:

This recipe is simple, easy, and borderline healthy. Just take your kiwi, peel it, and slice it into pieces about half an inch thick. Put a popsicle stick about half-way into each slice, trying to keep it as close to the centre as possible. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the kiwi pops on top. Next, melt the chocolate chips (for best results, use the double boiling method, but microwaving works too in a pinch). Once your chocolate is melted and fully liquid in form, pour it into a shallow bowl or plate. Take one kiwi slice at a time and coat each side evenly with chocolate. Once coated, lay each kiwi pop on the parchment-covered baking sheet. When you’ve filled your sheet, place it in the freezer, and leave until fully frozen.