Vanilla-Chocolate-Orange Donut Hole Pops

My Vanilla-Chocolate-Orange Donut Hole Pops are baked not fried, covered with a just the right amount of chocolate, and topped off with a generous sprinkle of Intense Orange Dark Chocolate. Delicious! 

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Please let me tell you about my version of donut hole pops. First off, they are baked not fried. That’s always a good thing!

Then they are covered in just the right amount of chocolate. Yes friends, there is such a thing as too much chocolate, just the right amount is the key here.

Then they are finished off with a generous sprinkle of chopped intense orange dark chocolate. So yummy!

Donut hole pops, and pops of all kinds are just one of this things my kids, and friends can’t seem to get enough of! So I end up doing many different kinds of pops. For the most post I don’t really blog about my adventures with pops, until now! 

So let’s talk a look how to make these treasures on a stick!

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We start with regular batter made with delicious low-fat buttermilk.

You can see I have also added regular orange creme yogurt. This adds extra moisture to your batter, and just a hint of orange flavor.

Make sure your donut holes are nice and cool before you get started.


Like I said, I do many, many types of donut hole pops and pops of different kinds. Sometimes I use a cake mix, sometimes I don’t.

Why? Simply put, a cake mix already has the flour, sugar, baking powder and flavor already added, which saves a lot of time and effort.

Just keeping it real my friends. :)


That said, there are tons of different ways to kick up a cake mix just like you would do when baking anyway.

Candi-Quick is used here because it dries quick and is easy to work with. If you would rather use a different product that’s fine. Remember you goal is to evenly coat the donut hole. A nice even, not too thick coating is wonderful here!

Then while the Candi-Quick, or melted chocolate is still wet, add your chopped chocolate. You do want the chopped chocolate to cling to the the pop. I like to work in small groups of three or four pops at a time.


Vanilla-Chocolate-Orange Donut Pops

My Vanilla-Chocolate-Orange Donut Hole Pops are baked not fried, covered with a just the right amount of chocolate, and topped off with a generous sprinkle of Intense Orange Dark Chocolate. Delicious! 

ingredients:                                                                                                           Vanilla-Chocolate-Orange Donut Hole Cake Pops_334

1 box golden vanilla cake mix

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 whole large eggs

2-3 tablespoons melted butter

1 container (6 oz.) Yoplait Orange Crème yogurt, or any brand you prefer

lollipop sticks

1 (16 oz.) package White Chocolate Candiquick Coating

1 (3.5 oz.) Lindt Intense Orange Dark Chocolate bar chopped, or any type of chocolate chips you prefer for coating donut hole pops


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare both sides of donut hole pans, or mini muffin pans with cooking spray; set aside. Chop chocolate bar, place chopped chocolate in the fridge until ready to use.

2. Place cake mix, buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter in large a mixing bowl and whisk together. Mix until well combined. Stir in yogurt.

3. With a small scoop or spoon, scoop dough into donut hole pans, or fill mini muffin pans 3/4 full. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

4. Insert a lollipop stick into each donut hole. If you prefer, you can dip one end of each lollipop stick into melted candyquicks and poke sticks into donut holes. This helps the donut holes to stay on the sticks. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.

5. Melt White Chocolate Candiquick Coating, or chocolate chips in microwave according to package directions.

6. Holding the end of the lollipop sticks, dip each donut hole pop into the chocolate coating and place on wax paper to dry. Dip donut holes, one at a time, into melted Candiquick. Allow excess to drip off and firm up just a bit, sprinkle with chopped orange chocolate. Pops are best when serve cold from the fridge.

Makes 2 dozen donut hole pops.

*If you choose to use regular chocolate chips, you can add 1/2-1 teaspoon of orange extract to the chocolate after chocolate is melted and removed from microwave.

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