Bloody Eyeballs

Let’s say, you are having a Halloween party … wouldn’t you love to ask someone this …

hot cocoa with eyeball

Oh I would love to see the look on their face!

If I would have asked this question when my boys were boys … I’m sure they would have rolled their own eyes and made some comment about me being a dork ;)  But I would ask them anyway … it’s my job to bug them!

Anyway … bloodshot marshmallow eyeballs on a fork are great as pops or hot cocoa stirrers and sooooo easy peasy to make!Bloody Eyeballs served on forks

This is what you will need …

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  • Large marshmallows
  • Red candy melts (white chocolate colored red), melted
  • Plastic forks
  • Colored sanding sugar (I used green and blue, not coarse)
  • Small colored candy confetti (just the black ones)
  • Red edible marker
  • A flat round object about 1/2″ diameter (like the tip of a spoon handle)
  • Water (not in photo)

eyeball on fork instructions

  1. Dip tines of fork in melted candy, tap fork if you have too much candy.  Stick marshmallow on fork.  Let sit for a few minutes to let candy harden.
  2. Dip the tip of spoon handle in water, tap off excess (you want it to be wet, but not dripping) and place it on marshmallow.  Sprinkle sugar on wet spot, pour off excess.
  3. Immediately place and press a black confetti in the center of the sugar.
  4. Use the red marker to draw ‘bloodshot’ lines.  (I find it easiest to make short strokes)

eyeball marshmallows in hot chocolate

I look forward to your comments … do you like your cocoa with eyeballs?

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marshmallow eyeballs

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Owl Pops

Where does your creativity/inspiration come from?  Do you dream up ideas all on your own?  Do you need guidance and directions?  Are you like me … sometimes it just happens when you least expect it?

Owl Marshmallow Pops

I was shopping at JoAnn’s with a friend for a plate hanger.  Of course we had to look at all of the fall decorations … saw this cute wood owl …

0911031505 … ‘marshmallow pop’ immediately popped into my head.  I have wanted to make an owl for some time … kept changing my mind on how to do it.  I finally found my inspiration!

I was drawn to this guy because he’s short, wide, has flower shaped eyes and is super simple.  You know that I like simple ;)

This is what you will need …

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  1. Melt chocolate according to package directions.  I like to put my chocolate in a deep container for easier dipping.  Marshmallows aren’t always perfectly shaped … pick the side that you want to decorate … then dip the tip of the straw in melted chocolate and insert it deep into the marshmallow.  Let it sit for a few minutes.
  2. Dip the entire marshmallow into the chocolate and tap off all excess chocolate. Set it on prepared tray.
  3. Add 2 mini chocolate chips for ears/horns (you can read about that here).  Chill for a few minutes.owl pop directions
  4. Use a toothpick with a dot of melted chocolate to attach eyes, beak and feet to the owl.
  5. Use the edible marker to carefully draw eyeballs … I had to wear my glasses for this part ;)
  6. Draw wings if you want … use a toothpick, squeeze bottle or pastry bag and melted chocolate.

Here’s the big question …

wings ... or ... not  owl pops

If you recall my M&M’s Chicks, I seem to have a problem making decisions on wings ;)

Here’s the family opinions … Hubby says they are cute owls, Son #1 actually came up with the idea of adding the branch (pretzel), Son #3 wanted to know what they were supposed to be (he’s in big trouble with me)

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So what do think about the wings?  I love your input :)

*  Thank you once again to Miss CandiQuik for providing the chocolate for this project!

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Lemon Meringue Vanilla S’mores

Celebrate S’mores Day with these …

Lemon Meringue Vanilla S'mores

A bag of Lemon Meringue Marshmallows have been in my cupboard just waiting for a reason to be opened.  Today was the day … in honor of S’mores Day, August 10!

These s’mores are a definitely not your typical ones … they are not only lemon, but I used Vanilla CandiQuik too!  That’s right lemon marshmallows and white chocolate/candy coating on graham crackers … yum!

There is one more thing that I should mention … they are so easy peasy to make.  You could actually get everything assembled several days in advance!  No campfire is necessary … they are toasted in the oven … literally in a minute!

I do love traditional s’mores … but it nice to mix things up once in while.  The marshmallows have a nice tart lemon flavor that is balanced by the sweet smooth vanilla flavor from the CandiQuik … of course the graham crackers are crunchy, just like they should be!  Make them … I promise that you will be happy :)

White chocolate lemon s'mores

You will need just three ingredients …

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  1. Melt the candy coating according to package directions.
  2. Spread the candy on each graham cracker. (You will need 2 graham crackers to make 1 s’more)
  3. Place 4 lemon marshmallows in the melted candy on one half of the graham crackers. Chill for a few minutes or let stand until candy has hardened.  (at this point you could place everything in an air tight container and store it at room temperature for a few days)

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  1. Turn the oven broiler on and let it heat up.
  2. Place the graham crackers with marshmallows on a foil lined (for easy clean up) tray.  Keep the graham crackers with candy only aside.
  3. Place the tray under the broiler and watch it constantly … this toasty brown color happened in 1 minute!!!
  4. Remove the tray from the oven and place a candy coated graham cracker on top and press it down to attach and make the marshmallows squish a little ;)

Happy S'mores Day

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S’mores in Cones

Do you ever have one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments?

S’mores in Cones is one those moments for me!  I saw the idea somewhere (can’t remember where) and thought “I want to do that … a little different” …

Ooey Gooey S'mores in Cones

I love S’mores … I hate assembling them in the dark … I love toasty marshmallows … I hate the sticky melted marshmallows all over my hands … making S’mores in chocolate lined cones has got to be the answer!  Now … if I can only find an answer to fix my sentence structure ;)

When we go camping, S’mores will be made … it’s a rule.  After dinner, in the dark, we are trying to unwrap candy bars, open bags of graham crackers and marshmallows … things end up in the dirt!  Make S’mores in the backyard … same story!  I guess we are just messy people ;)

Toasty Marshmallows

Before we leave for a camping trip, I try to do as much food prep as possible at home … anything to make camping a little easier.  Making the chocolate lined cones at home would ease S’mores assembly in the dark!  We do have lanterns, usually not in the right places ;)

It took me a long time to convince my hubby that camping can be fun … I would ask to go camping … he would answer NO!  His excuse was that he did enough camping while he served in the Army.  I finally convinced him that my idea of camping is nothing like what he experienced … it’s close to glamping and I do believe in restrooms with showers!

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You will need …

  • Sugar Ice Cream Cones
  • Chocolate or candy coating (milk or dark) (1 pound should coat 12-15 cones)
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers

Let’s get started …

s'mores cone directions

  1. Line a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Fill an ice cream cone with melted chocolate or candy coating … use milk chocolate or dark, which ever you prefer.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate out of the cone … shake or tap cone to help chocolate out.  You can make the chocolate layer as thin or as thick as you like.
  3. Dip the edge of cone in sprinkles.
  4. Lay on wax paper and chill for a few minutes.

Store in an airtight container until ready to use!

S'mores in cones

I use 2 marshmallows per cone … Son #3 says to use 3 marshmallows!

How many marshmallows do you use for your S’mores ?

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Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallow Pops

I’m feeling a little panicky … Easter will be here in two weeks!  How do these things sneak up on me … do you feel the same way?  I have sooooo many plans … never enough time!

Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallows

Today I made these quick and easy pops for you … I hope you like them!

I found the marshmallows at Walmart … called EggSwirlers made by Campfire.  They are fruit flavored, shaped like eggs and colored!

The straws came from Target (in the Easter section).  They are 7-3/4″(19.6 cm) x 3/8″ (9.5mm) … longer than the ones I used at Valentine’s Day and hold more candy!!!

I used clear/white sanding sugar and crystal sugar … because I like both and couldn’t decide ;)  Either one works great.

Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallow Pops

Once again … this project is easy peasy … as simple as 1 – 2 – 3 …

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(click on the above photos if you want a closer look)

  1. Flatten one end (about 1/2″) of a straw.  Dip a steak knife in water and stick it into the bottom of the marshmallow to create an opening for the straw … insert straw.
  2. Dip the marshmallow in water and use a paper towel to wipe off excess water.  Cover the marshmallow with sugar and allow to dry.
  3. Fill the straws with small candies and fold in ends.  Easy peasy :)

Easter Egg Marshmallows candy filled straws

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Frog Marshmallow Pops

Wednesday … February 29 … it’s leap year!  The first thing I thought of was … leap-frog :)

This is a first for me … I’ve never made anything for leap year.   It just seemed like a good reason to make frog marshmallow pops!

This is what you will need …

  • Jumbo marshmallows (any flavor will do)
  • Large marshmallows (any flavor)
  • Lollipop sticks (6″ – 8″)
  • Candy eyes
  • Green candy melts/ chocolate (1 pound for 10 – 12 frogs)
  • Dark chocolate/candy melts
  • Red candy melts/chocolate
  • Squeeze bottles or pastry bags

Before we start, I want to let you know that I am using chocolate & caramel marshmallows.  These have been in the cupboard for a long time and I need to use them up.  The flavors don’t matter … but the size does matter …

I cut the jumbo marshmallows in half …

Dip the tip of the stick in melted green candy …

Insert the stick in the jumbo marshmallow (1/2) and  push it all the way thru …

Dip the tip of the stick again in the candy …

Now insert the stick in the large marshmallow and set aside to let the candy harden up …

Dip the whole marshmallow pop in the melted candy and tap off the excess.  Lay the pop on wax paper and pop in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden up …

Use a small knife to trim up any puddles or drips …

Put some melted green candy in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag and draw legs and toes …

Use the same green chocolate to attach eyeballs …

Use dark chocolate to give these little guys a mouth and nose …

Use red chocolate to draw a tongue … only if you want … the more I look at them, I don’t like the tongue …

So here are my silly little leap frogs …

I look forward to your comments …

Gingerbread Men

A while back I shared my new marshmallow finds.   This is what I did with the gingerbread men.  In the next day or so, I will show you what I did with the peppermint ones!

Wouldn’t these gingerbread men be cute floating in hot cocoa?  You could use them for making Rice Krispie Treats!  Do you have any other ideas?

This is what you will need …

  • Gingerbread Mallows (or how about little gingerbread cookies?)
  • Edible markers 
  • Edible confetti sprinkles or some other tiny candy
  • Melted dark chocolate
  • Melted white chocolate

I used the markers to draw faces, buttons, etc.  and learned that these marshmallows are like sponges … so be light handed.  For the dark chocolate, I used a toothpick and had the white chocolate in a squeeze bottle.  Use whatever is easiest for you …

While I was making these … I remembered this …

The Perfect Man … he’s sweet … he’s silent … and if he gives you too much flack … you can bite his head off!

So, gingerbread men truly are the perfect man … even though I have been married to the Peanut Butter Man for 38 years.

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