Chocolate cereal is a disgrace to both chocolate and cereal. Even as a kid I knew it was a ruse. And it’s not like I had a refined palate or anything: My favorite cereal was Frosted Flakes with sugar spooned on top, slopped into my mouth when my hippie granola-eating mom wasn’t looking. Yet from a young age, I watched my friends munch Cocoa Puffs with resentful jealousy, because despite my Augustus Gloop fantasies, I knew the dusty crumbs and waxy pucks called “chocolate” were a bait-and-switch. They tasted nothing like the decadent goodness of, say, chocolate brownies.
“What is it about popping food on a stick that makes it so much cuter?” Linda Vandermeer asks in her new book Sweets on a Stick: More than 150 Kid-Friendly Recipes for Cakes, Candies, and Pies on the Go! Cake pops are not the first food on a stick, but they’ve become increasingly popular in the past year.