Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes

Hi everybody!  It’s been too long since we have talked … so nice to be back ;)  How have you been?  Did you have a nice summer?  I did receive some emails from readers … thank you so much … I’m fine and back!  Kids are back in school, autumn officially begins next week and summer weather continues in my neck of the woods!  Today, I’m sharing a little project that I took to a friend’s “movie night” earlier this summer.  She and her hubby hosted an outdoor movie in the cul-de-sac for neighbors and friends … Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes seemed very appropriate …

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I made mini-cupcakes, frosted them and added marshmallows … used yellow sugar as the “butter”!  Now that I look back on the photos … more marshmallows could have been added for a fuller appearance, but it didn’t stop them from being snatched up!

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Oh, the movie we watched was an old Lucille Ball movie … The Long, Long Trailer.  If you are a trailer owner, you’d probably appreciate the humor in it!  The hubby and I own a very short trailer and you will never find me in a dress, heels and pearls cooking dinner in the trailer ;)  However the hubby and I finally painted our trailer this summer … honestly, he painted and I applied the pin-stripping …

1966 Santa Fe Trailer

 

Not too bad for a couple of amateurs and ordinary cans of spray paint … please don’t stand too close … you’ll see a few boo-boos ;)

Back to the cupcakes … one box of cake mix yields about 36-48 mini-cupcakes.  My paper liners were on the taller side and I got 36 cupcakes.  I used the entire bag of marshmallows, but you can see in the photos that I didn’t make each marshmallow into “popcorn” … my hands got tired, that’s a lot of marshmallows!  I probably did about 2/3 to 3/4 of the 10 ounce bag and just filled in with the remaining marshmallows.

Marshmallow Popcorn Cupcakes

  • Mini-cupcakes (36-48)
  • Vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup yellow sugar
  • 10 ounce bag mini-marshmallows
  • scissors

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  1. Using scissors, cut an “X” in marshmallows  about half-way down.  (The scissors do get sticky and will need to be cleaned off occasionally.)
  2. Holding the uncut side of the marshmallow, dip the cut portion into the yellow sugar.
  3. Continue with remaining marshmallows.

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5.  Frost cupcakes, apply marshmallow popcorn and sprinkle remaining yellow sugar on          cupcakes if desired.

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It truly is nice to be back … the hubby even asked me if I’m ever going to blog again!  I think that’s “hubby talk” for “When are going to make some cookies or brownies?”

So … what have you been up to?  I ♥ your comments!

 

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Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops?

Summer officially begins Saturday … the 4th of July will be here before we know it!  How about an easy peasy pop to celebrate the occasion?  I decided to make Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops … some look like hats to me!

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Red, white and blue pops made with chocolate, mint and marshmallows … yummy, easy to make and the York Pieces were the perfect colors!  My original plans were to only draw stripes on the marshmallows to create the Uncle Sam Hat look … got a little artsy and drew stars too!  Now, I want to make more … with polka-dots, fatter stripes, starbursts … ooh, the possibilities are endless ;)

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You can draw whatever you like on the marshmallows … maybe let the kiddos do it!  Speaking of kiddos … our 11-year-old great-niece is visiting from Tennessee … she came with my sister-in-law (her grandma).  My youngest son will turn 30 this year … I’m so out of kid mode and as the mother of three boys … never was in girl kid mode!  I forgot how difficult it is to come up with activities to fill two months of summer fun.  Anyway, my two sister-in-laws, great niece and I went to the beach … her first visit to the Pacific Ocean!  While we were driving, the subject of California’s water shortage came up … the 11 year-old questioned it … after all, California has the whole ocean to drink!  After playing in the water, getting a swimsuit full of sand and mouthful of ocean water, she understands why we don’t drink ocean water!

By the way … when applying sunscreen, don’t forget your feet and ankles … this is the voice of experience speaking ;)  Another tip … don’t ask an 11-year-old to guess your age … I’m not 60 … still in my late 50’s … let’s not push it!

Keep the kiddos busy and make some pops for your July 4th bash …

Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops

  • Chocolate Wafer Cookies (such as Famous from Nabisco)
  • York Pieces
  • Large Marshmallows
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Blue and Red Edible Markers
  • Blue and Red Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)

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  1. Cut paper straws in half (almost 4″).  You can use full length straws or substitute lollipop sticks.
  2. Use the food safe markers to draw strips, stars or doodle whatever you like.  Hint – you may need to make short strokes with the markers when drawing on marshmallows, if you press too hard they tend to stick to the marshmallow!  Insert straws into flat end of marshmallow.
  3. Melt the candy according to package directions or here.  Smear a small amount of candy on the top of a chocolate cookie.
  4. Place a marshmallow in the center of the cookie and add some York Pieces around it (I used 7 on each pop).  Chill for a few minutes or let stand at room temperature until melted candy has firmed up.  Wasn’t that easy peasy?

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You may remember some marshmallow pop hats from the past …

snowman hat pops

like these Snowman Hat Pops or

0081 marshmallow pilgrim hats

Pilgrim Hat Pops !

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Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies

Good morning!  Can you believe that Easter is just two weeks ago?  I had a plan for Easter ideas that I wanted to share with you … the plan got tossed out the window while I was drying my hair the other day!  I came up with a new idea … I’ll call it the “hair idea” and will share it in a few days.  A Target trip was necessary for supplies for the “hair idea” … while I was wandering the Target aisles picking up the supplies … another idea was born that I should, but won’t call the “hare idea” … Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies …

Reese's Easter Egg Bunnies

 

I hope these bunnies make you smile!  They are easy to make using a few store-bought candies and a little patience ;)

Reese's Rabbit Big Ears

These are the supplies that you will need to make these  Big Ear Bunnies …

bunny marshmallow ears

  • Reese’s White Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Large marshmallows
  • Mike & Ike candies
  • White Hershey-ets
  • Tiny black pearls
  • SweetWorks pink pearls
  • Pink sugar
  • Flower Sprinkles
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik) (about 1/4 cup for 6 bunnies)
  • Tray lined with wax paper or parchment.

Mike & Ike carrots marshmallows

  1. Make the carrots … use a sharp knife to make a small cut in one end of an orange candy and insert a green flower sprinkle.
  2. Make ears and tails … use scissors to cut a marshmallow in half to make 2 tails and cut another one diagonally to for 2 ears (you will use 1-1/2 marshmallows per bunny)
  3. Dip cut edges of marshmallows in pink sugar.  Egg bunny
  4. Use melted candy to attach candies in the following order … ears, nose & eyes, carrot, hands/paws.
  5. Attach feet/paws.
  6. Attach tail to backside … this will help stabilize the bunny for standing.
  7. If you want to make your bunny stand up … drop a small (1″) circle of melted candy on wax paper and place the bunnies body and tail on it … hold until set.

Easter Bunny Reese's Egg

I did have one egg that was a little smooshed/cracked … tried to salvage it by covering the cracks with a tail and make a “back view bunny” … bunny tails seem to be loved by everyone!

Reese's Easter egg bunny tail

Do you like bunny tails?  I look forward to your comments!

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Rainbow Faux Cronuts

Happy Friday!  Do you have something fun planned for the weekend?  I have a suggestion for you … make some Rainbow Cronuts for St. Patrick’s Day!  Sorry, it might be a little early … maybe gather the supplies and actually make them closer to March 17 … unless you want to do a trial run, eat them and make more later on … my personal recommendation ;)

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Speaking of Cronuts … have you had one?  This was my first!  A Cronut is described as a croissant-doughnut hybrid … my version is a hybrid of that hybrid … crescent rolls baked in a donut pan!

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These Rainbow Cronuts came about after a coffee meeting with some girlfriends … I was sharing my ideas about making a pot of gold (will be posted shortly) for St. Patrick’s Day.  The thought of a donut rainbow came up … took that idea and ran with it!  No donut would be complete with rainbow sprinkles and no rainbow would be complete without puffy white chocolate marshmallow clouds!

Rainbow Cronuts

  • 1 tube refrigerated Crescent Rolls (8 count)
  • 1 pound vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 2-3 cups mini marshmallows
  • Donut pan (Wilton)
  • non-stick cooking spray

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Open crescent rolls and separate into 4 rectangles (I worked on parchment paper).
  2. Use your fingers to press the diagonal seams together.  Cut each rectangle into 2 long rectangles.
  3. Roll each rectangle into a long tubular shape.
  4. Place into donut pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.P1030696 ed
  5. Remove rolls from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Melt candy coating according to directions on package.  Dip one side of cronut into candy and tap off excess candy.
  7. Immediately dip into sprinkles.
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  9. Let sit at room temperature until candy hardens up.
  10. Before mixing marshmallows into melted candy, I recommend to … 1) keep melted candy on a warm surface (such as an electric skillet/griddle) or 2) divide chocolate into two portions, mix and use one portion at a time.  I say this because my candy/marshmallow mixture was cooling off … I microwaved it and the marshmallows started to melt a little, creating a sticky mess … learn from my mistakes ;)  Mix about 2 cups marshmallows into candy, add more if desired.
  11. Spoon some marshmallow mixture on parchment.   Use the spoon to create a “well” in the center for the cronut.
  12. Immediately place a rainbow cronut (gap side down) into the marshmallow cloud.  You may need to hold it for a moment.P1030698 ed
  13. Add a few more marshmallows if desired.  If you have leftover marshmallow/candy mixture … drop spoonfuls on parchment and add sprinkles … let harden up … you will have marshmallows clusters as an added treat!

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These colorful cronuts were a big hit with my family and the neighbors.  I hope you make some and enjoy them as much as we did!

P1030708 Cresent roll rainbow cronut doughnut donut

My next post will feature the pot of gold that can be found at the end of every cronut rainbow … be sure to check back!

I look forward to your comments!

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Snickermallow Football Pops

The Super Bowl is Sunday … do you have your menu planned?  I’m working on mine … simple, nothing fancy.  We aren’t having a party, but snacks are a requirement while watching football’s big game … according to my family ;)P1030597 Snicker & Marshmallow Football Pops

Today I’m sharing one last easy peasy football treat!  There are several reasons to make these pops … Snickers and marshmallows dipped in chocolate … they’re easy to make … can be made today … stored in an air tight container at room temperature … served on Sunday!

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To make 25-30 pops, you will need …

  • 25-30 lollipop sticks
  • 8 ounce bag of Snickers bites (you will have extra)
  • 1 pound of chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 2 ounces of white/vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 bag Kraft Stackermallows
  • 2-1/2″ cookie/biscuit cutter (I used one with a crinkled edge because I didn’t have a plain edge one)

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  1. Melt candy coating according to package directions.  Use a stick to predrill (about half way) into the side of a Snickers (don’t worry if it cracks, it will be covered in chocolate later).  Dip the tip of the stick in melted candy and insert into Snickers, let chocolate harden.
  2. Use the round cutter to cut a Stackermallow into a football shape.  (Save the marshmallow scraps to make Rice Krispie Treats or in hot cocoa!)
  3. Use a little melted chocolate to attach the flat side of the Snickers to the back of the football shaped Stackermallow, let chocolate harden.
  4. Spoon melted chocolate over the entire pop, tap off excess chocolate.  Place pop in a stand/styrofoam or lay (Snicker side down) on wax paper covered tray.  Chill for a few minutes.
  5. Place melted white candy in squeeze bottle or pastry bag and draw lines/laces on the football.

P1030596 Snickermallow Football Pops

About the name … if Snickers added marshmallows to their candy … believe they would be called Snickmallows … don’t you agree?

These are ready to go for Sunday’s game …

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These pops would also be cute addition to a sports themed birthday party :)

Thank you to Miss Candiquik for the candy coating  :)

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Football Stadium Krispie Treats

Raise your hand if you love football, Super Bowl parties or the commercials!  Are you cheering for the Broncos, Seahawks or the snacks?

P1030577 Super Bowl 2014 Krispie Treats

Today, I made a football stadium with Rice Krispie Treats … perfect for a Super Bowl party!  It is sure to satisfy everybody … doesn’t everybody like basic Rice Krispie Treats? They are always a favorite around here … no matter which team you are supporting!

I learned a few things while making this project and I will share them with you.

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Basic Rice Krispie Treats

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 – 16 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 10 cups crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
  1. Spray or use butter to grease a 10″ x 15″ x 1″ pan (jelly roll) and grease a spatula too.
  2. Melt butter over low heat, in a large (6 quart) pan, add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  3. Remove from heat add cereal immediately and stir until cereal is completely combined.
  4. Scoop into prepared pan and use spatula to pack the cereal mixture into pan.  Let cool before cutting.

Let’s get started with making the field …

PicMonkey Collage football field krispies

Son #3 came up with this idea!

  • I used a rectangular plate (11-1/2″ x 6-1/4″), lollipop sticks cut to fit and a 5 ounce bottle of green pearls to create a field.  (Hint:  Tape or glue gun the sticks in place, everything rolls around easily, you could even use double-stick tape on the entire plate under the pearls if you don’t plan on eating the pearls.)
  • Cut a few small cereal squares (1-3/4″) and turn upside down (the bottom is stickier), place and press 3 chocolate chips to form a triangle (football tee).  You could use a little melted chocolate to secure the chips if necessary.
  • Place the squares on the field, then place a chocolate foil wrapped football on the tee.  I placed a small square of wax paper under each square so that they didn’t stick to the pearls.  (Hint: It is best to wait to place the footballs if you are moving this tray around a lot.)

PicMonkey Collage Football Fans Krispies

  • I had some Sixlets in the correct team colors, but no blue.  I went to Party City and made a great discovery … they sell individual colors in big bags, as well as the little sleeves that you can mix and match colors!
  • Cut the remaining Rice Krispie treats into bars (about 1″ x 2″), turn upside down and press 3 Sixlets (in team colors) on each bar.  I left a few bars without candy for the those neutral fans and non-chocolate lovers.

Arrange everything on a large oval platter/tray, about 14″ x 20″ … I used my turkey platter.

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Are you ready for some football?  How about Rice Krispie Treats?

P1030582 Football Stadium Sixlets

The little football bowl filled with more chocolate footballs, came from Party City too … only $.99!

Are you watching the big game?

Maybe you remember these party ideas from the past …

Football Snack Mix

Football Snack Mix

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Nacho Cupcakes

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Thank you to SweetWorks for the Pearls, Sixlets and  foil wrapped footballs!

Santa Is Coming Down Your Chimney Tonight … Pops!

To post or not to post another Christmas idea … it’s been my dilemma!  I decided that this project is so easy … thought you might appreciate it ;)

Santa is coming down your chimney tonight pops

I’m going to make short and sweet … Christmas is around the corner!

santa rice krispie chimney

This is what you will need to make 8 pops …

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  • Rice Krispie Treats (or you could make your own)
  • Vanilla CandiQuik (you will use about 1/2 package)
  • 1 box Hot Tamales
  • 8 sticks
  • 8 foil wrapped Santa chocolate (from SweetWorks)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows (oops! forgot photo)

santa chimney pop instructions

  1. Line a tray with parchment or wax paper.  Melt CandiQuik according to package directions.  Dip the tip of the stick in melted candy and insert into Rice Krispie Treat.
  2. Place 5 or 6 mini marshmallows along top edge and smash a little to make snow.  Use Hot Tamales to make bricks on chimney and press a little.  If you are not a fan of Hot Tamales, I saw Mike & Ike’s in holiday colors or use red licorice pieces.
  3. Put about 1/2 cup melted candy in squeeze bottle or pastry bag.  This will be the mortar for the bricks.  Fill the areas between the bricks.
  4. Attach Santa to the stick.  I used just a dot of glue (from a glue gun) on the foil.  Tape may be another option.
  5. Dip the bottom of the Rice Krispie Treat in melted candy and stand on prepared tray.  Let candy harden at room temperature or chill for a few minutes.

santa chimney pops

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