Friday, December 21, 2012

Marshmallow North Poles

These North Poles were inspired by my daughter's 1st grade Christmas party.  Her teacher has the tradition of throwing a pajama day ice cream party with a showing of The Polar Express.  Since all of those little kiddles were going to have "polar" visions before their eyes, I thought that they needed to have a little bit of the North Pole in their tummies.

Here's everything you need...yes, I thought of taking this picture when I was actually done with all of the dipping & decorating but at least I got it.

Take a marshmallow and pop it in your mouth...Then take another one and gently push & twist a pretzel stick into the center of it.  Be careful not to push it all the way through, just until you can feel it almost at the bottom. 

Place onto wax paper (which you have placed onto a baking sheet) and continue this process until you have the desired number of poles in the snow.

Follow the directions on the bag of your candy melts.  I used candy melts instead of white chocolate simply because they set much faster and have less run-off.

You want the candy to be just melted, not too hot or it will start melting the marshmallows when you're coating them.  I learned this the hard way.  Poor marshmallow didn't know what hit it.

 Using a small spoon or rubber spatula, gently place a thin coating of the melted candy up the sides and across the bottom of the marshmallow.

Immediately decorate by sprinkling with colored sugar sprinkles.  The larger sprinkles tend weigh down the candy coating and run straight off of the marshmallow. Again, lesson learned the hard way.

Place onto the wax paper and repeat the process with remaining marshmallows.

Allow to set completely (only 5-15 minutes depending on the candy) and then ENJOY!


Marshmallow North Poles


1 bag Campfire (Large) Marshmallows
Pretzel Sticks
Vanilla Flavored Candy Melts (CandiQuick)
Red Sugar Crystals

Melt candy pieces per bag's instructions.  Do not overheat!

Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.

Take one pretzel stick and gently push & twist it into the center (short end) of a marshmallow. Do not push all the way through. Place onto wax paper. Repeat for desired amount.

With a spoon or rubber spatula, gently coat marshmallow edges and bottom.  Do not make a thick coating or the decorations will run off of the marshmallow.

Quickly sprinkle sides and bottom with colored sugar.  Set bottom side down onto wax paper. Repeat with remaining marshmallows.

Allow to set completely. (5-15 minutes) Store in an airtight container.

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