Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dipped Marshmallow Pops for a Birthday Party

Dipped Marshmallow Pops for a Birthday Party
The night before my son’s birthday party was a big scramble. I had pits here and there stashed all over the house. I had been shopping and planning for a few months but it was kind of all over the place. I finally decided, the day before the big birthday party, I wanted to make marshmallow pops. I had been kicking the idea around for a while but I hadn’t decided how to do it. I had committed to it enough, the week before, to buy jumbo marshmallows.

Paper Straws

Luckily, I had ordered these great decorative straws from Etsy a couple of months ago. I love these!

I’d looked at Pinterest off and on at pictures of decorated marshmallows. I glanced at different instructions but I guess I didn’t really pay attention. Sometimes things really work out when you just have an idea about how something should be and then do it your own way. Sometimes…

Here’s a tip, if you are going to try something new and it’s for an important event, either follow some established directions or practice. I did neither. In the end, it worked out but it could have just as easily turned into a big mess thrown in the trash. Feel free to learn from my mistakes; I’ll tell you here what worked for me and what didn’t.

Attempt 1 Started so Neatly
I started out so neatly. I put the Sanding Sugar in little cups and poked the straws into the jumbo marshmallows. My first attempt quickly deteriorated. I found out that the little cups were not really a good idea. I needed more space. I also found that dipping the marshmallows in the chocolate (or white almond bark) and then letting it sit on the wax paper for a few seconds before hitting the sugar was better. I quickly poured the sugar into bigger bowls. That helped but it wasn’t great.

Attempt 1 at Dipped Marshmallow Pops
I let my first frantic attempt dry while I rethought my strategy. When dipping the marshmallows in chocolate I found that the pearlized sanding sugar showed up much better. I only had blue pearlized sugar but I think you can probably see the difference in the pictures.
Attempt 2 Begins
On my second attempt, I decided the White Almond Bark would be a better choice because the colors would show better and that it would be better to cover the whole marshmallow. I think you can see that these turned out better. My husband came into the kitchen as I started to roll these in a shallow bowl and said, “Why don’t you use a paper plate? I think that would work better.” He was right so I quickly poured each color into a different paper plate. If I had started with that I would have used a lot fewer dishes to make these.
Use a Paper Plate!
I think both the chocolate and the white dipped marshmallow pops tasted good. I prefer the look of the white ones covered in the colored sugar. I didn’t waste any, though. If they looked decent they went on the platter for the birthday party.

The good directions to make Dipped Marshmallow Pops.



Tape a piece of wax paper to your counter top.
Pour each color of sanding sugar into individual paper plates.
Stick the decorative straws in one end of the Jumbo marshmallows. I had to reshape some of the marshmallows to be more round with my hand. I wasn’t really going for perfect and that’s probably a good thing.
Melt the almond park in a microwave safe bowl. Stir it until is smooth.
Dip the marshmallow in the almond bark making sure to cover them all the way around. I thought it was best to let them sit on the wax paper for a few seconds before rolling in the colored sugar.

Rolling on a Paper Plate is Btter

I rolled the dipped marshmallow in the sugar and made sure to get the bottom, too.
Then I place it in a dry spot on the wax paper to harden.

I kept the chocolate ones in the middle

I arranged them on a white platter and it looks lovely for my son’s birthday party. Everybody loved them.