Step 1: Ingredients
1 box of cake mix ( + eggs, oil, water)
candy melts -2 bags
gel food dye (not the kind for icing)
Pretzel rods - 6
lollipop sticks 6"-9" - 12
12 cake pops
Step 2: Make the Cake Pops
The basis of this treat is a cake pop.
I made my pumpkins out of spice cake (ignore the "red velvet" box on the photo)
Here's how I make cake pops but there are other techniques.
To make a cake pop you basically bake one cake from a box. Follow directions and let cool.
Crumble up cake mix into fine crumbs in a bowl.
Put in a couple heaping table spoons of icing. Mix that together and keep adding icing until you get the consistency of a pliable dough.
Roll those in to balls. (2-1/2" diameter roughly)
Dip a sucker stick into candy melts. (premixed orange)
Put the stick in the center of a ball. let the candy set.
I would put them upside down on wax paper at this time.
Step 3: Candy Ivy and Leaves
Mix up roughly 1/2 cup of melted candy melts and mix in the green dye.
Attach the application tip to your decorator's bag and spoon in the green candy.
Squeeze out a pattern of swirls and leaves on wax paper.
Allow to set.
Step 4: Adding the Greenery
While the candy coating is still wet gently take a about a half inch of pretzel rod and stick it on the top of your cake pop to be the stem of your pumpkin.
Then, gently place a couple pieces of your green ivy on the top half of the cake pop. Place it near the stem. You can even overlap ivy.