Today we decided to make a silly treat — marshmallow pops.
Engineer specifically requested the marshmallow pops. I made these for his 5th birthday party:
Instead of making them on my own this time, I had Engineer and Girly Girl to help. They insisted on making sure the marshmallows were up to par before we started.
We started out with the ingredients I picked up at the store this weekend — vanilla melting chocolate, a bag of large marshmallows, and a few different choices for sprinkles. If I had been more on top of things, I would’ve picked up popsicle sticks or candy sticks. Since that didn’t happen, we improvised and used straws.
We started by melting about half the chocolate in the microwave. I started with 30 seconds, then Engineer stirred and returned it to the microwave for another 15 seconds.
I brought the melted chocolate to the kitchen table and showed the kiddos what to do. Dip all or part of the marshmallow into the chocolate. Be sure to scrape the excess chocolate off or you risk blobs falling off the marshmallows. Then dip the marshmallow into the sprinkles, or add sprinkles by hand.
Here’s a tip –a cooling rack works very well to hold the drying pops upright. I know you can also use cardboard with holes punched out for this, but I went with what was easiest for me.
Engineer and Girly Girl helped me do most of the bag of marshmallows, quite enthusiastically! Little Hurricane napped during most of this, but he was able to
eat sprinkles help towards the end.
We didn’t end up using the entire amount of chocolate, so I’ll melt less the next time I make the pops. Engineer and Girly Girl didn’t seem to mind that we had some leftover chocolate.
After about 10 minutes, I let the children taste test the pops. It was unanimously decided that we did a great job! I made sure to send some home with both Girly Girl and Little Hurricane. Despite what he might think, Engineer and I didn’t need to have that many marshmallow pops in the house!
It was messy, of course! We all ended up with some sprinkles and chocolate on ourselves, even though I’m the only one who had this happen accidentally. There are currently sprinkles on my kitchen floor, but I’ll deal with that later. Messes made while having fun, playing, and learning are pretty worthwhile to me.
There are a zillion variations on marshmallow pops all over the internet. Go to Google or Pinterest, type in “marshmallow pops”, and you’ll be inundated with ideas! Here are the links I have:
- Caramel Marshmallow Pops @ Brown Paper Packages
- Marshmallow Pops @ Marshmallow Recipe
- S’Mores on a Stick @ Babble
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