Remember that amazing surprise party we talked about on Monday? Well, I was happy to be left with the extra toppings from the apple fondue bar and couldn’t wait to put them to good use!For Theo’s birthday, since Carl was gone and vanilla cupcakes are my weakness, I decided to forego the cake and let the kids make marshmallow pops instead. The birthday boy loved cleaning his marshmallow back off to its original state :) (This was only possible with the caramel-coated pops – the chocolate hardens into a crunchy coating he found a bit harder to manage).
While my plan to avoid consuming vanilla cupcakes was a good one, I conveniently forgot my other obsession and weakness: chocolate covered marshmallows. Add to that my favourite Crunchie candy bars, colourful chocolate chips, sprinkles, and peanuts…and I’m lost to you.
I don’t love marshmallows on their own, and have gotten a little snobby about only eating homemade marshmallows, but coat those store bought marshmallows in chocolate, caramel and candy? I am allll over that.
You know after Halloween, Easter and Christmas when the candy goes on sale for super cheap? Everything always disappears in no time, except for the things no one really loves, like the rolls of Rockets, the Tootsie Rolls, plain potato chips, and the chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs and Santas. I go later in the day and buy those now-practically-free chocolate covered marshmallows by the cart-full. There is something about the ridiculous sugar hit and sweet-on-sweeter combo that I can’t resist, and I may have eaten the better part of a bag of marshmallows made into these gloriously pretty and fun pops. I only wish I’d thought to roll some in coconut before it was too late.
These were SO easy and fun for the kids to make, and all the different toppings kept their interest going strong. I did take over the chocolate and caramel coatings eventually, as having it too heavily coated meant the marshmallows started to hang askew and the toppings started to slide rapidly down, but rolling them in the stuff is the fun part, and totally kid-friendly. This would be a great party activity as you could have it all ready to go beforehand and it makes minimal mess. White chocolate also makes a good coating.
I can’t even get over how cute these are. You could easily load a stick with two or three marshmallows, but one makes it easy to pull off when it’s set and pop it into your mouth as one ridiculous, sugary bite. Remember that old fuzzy bunny game where you stuff your mouth with as many marshmallows as possible and try to say “fuzzy bunny”? Or maybe it was “funny bunny”? Anyway, I would play that with these. Over and over again.
- 1 bag large marshmallows
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup thick caramel sauce
- Various toppings (peanuts, sprinkles, crushed candy bars, coconut, mini chocolate chips, etc.)
- Melt chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave (you may need more, but melt as you need it or it will cool too much to spread nicely).
- Put your toppings in individual shallow bowls or on plates and line two large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper.
- insert sticks into center of marshmallows.
- Coat marshmallows with chocolate or caramel sauce and roll immediately in topping. To coat the marshmallows I found it easiest to scoop the chocolate or caramel on and spread it with the back of a spoon rather than dunking, as the marshmallows like to fall into the thick sauce given half a chance.
- Place coated and dipped marshmallows on parchment-paper lined baking sheet and, when sheet is filled, put in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. These keep in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to a week.