Is there anything more exciting than popping candy? How about popping candy and donuts? When I stumbled upon these tubes of “Festive Popping Candy” in the supermarket recently, I knew they would make the perfect Christmas-themed donut.
The tart sweetness of the strawberry and apple flavoured popping candy contrasts well with the double chocolate donuts and helps balance out the richness of the dark chocolate ganache. You can of course use any popping candy flavours/colours that you like!
- 70g butter, softened
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup plain flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 100g Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup thickened cream
- Popping Candy to decorate
- Preheat oven to 160°C and grease your donut pan with flavourless oil OR turn on your donut maker (you won't need any oil if you use the latter).
- Cream together the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until just combined. The mixture may look curdled but the dry ingredients will pull it together.
- Add in the baking powder, flour and cocoa powder and stir until just combined.
- Transfer mixture to a medium zip lock bag and cut the corner tip cut off. Pipe the mixture into the donut pans until each is approximately ⅔ full.
- If using a donut pan, bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until they spring back when pressed. If using a mini donut maker, bake for 2-3 minutes.
- Allow donuts to cool completely before decorating.
- Heat cream up into the microwave until warm (not boiling) and then add finely chopped chocolate, stirring until melted and combined.
- Dip the top of the donuts into the chocolate mixture, decorate with popping candy, and place on a cooling tray to set.
I love the crunch and crackle of the popping candy and can’t wait to use it in more desserts (I definitely need to look into a popping candy cupcake). It works best as a topping because as soon as the popping candy hits moisture it gets soft and loses it’s “pop”.
What are you baking this Christmas?