lovely long sticks, I made the pops, inserted the sticks, took them out then frooze the cake balls. after a few hours in the freezer I dipped the sticks (1cm) in melted chocolate (I used cheapo Supermarket stuff as I am a mean person) inserted them in the cake balls where I had made the indent. The coldness of the frozed cake ball sets the sticks well. I left them in the freezer/ fridge overnight to get them to set hard ( though I think this was unnecessary) and then dipped them the next day. I didn't have a single casualty. I made them before without freezing them and they were a mess.