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 ;)

Uncle Sam Hat Pops - SweetSimpleStuff

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)

Uncle Sam Hat Pop instructions -

  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?

Red, white and blue pops - SweetSimpleStuff

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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Tombstone Pops

Halloween will be here in just eight days!!!  I can’t believe that I just said that!  Do you want to know how many day until Christmas?  I’m not going to count … I’ll live in denial … OK, as soon as I finish this post, I will count ;)  Honestly, I’m starting to feel a little panicky … it’s normal for me.

I feel like … let me get thru Halloween … oh, I haven’t even decorated … there’s a pumpkin on the porch and a garland hanging in the dining room … does that count as being decorated?

P1030258 marshmallow tombstone pops

If you feel a little pressed for time … like me … here is one last easy peasy, super simple Halloween treat that truly can be done in a very short amount of time ;)

P1030266 Tombstone Pops

This is what you will need to make 10 tombstone pops …


  • 10 Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)
  • 20 StackerMallows (flat rectangular marshmallows)
  • 4 ounces White CandiQuik (candy coating/candy melts/white chocolate) (this will be the “glue” to hold everything together and to attach decorations)
  • Various sprinkles, colored sugar, candy skulls, candy bones
  • Black edible marker (sorry, it missed the photo session ;) )

P1030252 tombstone instructions

  1. Melt the white candy according to package directions.  I put mine in a squeeze bottle (optional).  Flatten about 1″ of the straw.  Smear a little melted candy on the marshmallow and lay flattened straw on it.
  2. Smear more melted candy on top of the straw.
  3. Lay another marshmallow on top of the straw and press together the two marshmallows, add more melted candy between the marshmallows if necessary.  Let candy harden.
  4. Spread melted candy around edges of tombstone and cover with sprinkles.  Use more melted candy wherever you want to attach sprinkles, skulls, etc.
  5. Use edible marker to write messages or draw designs.

P1030264 marshmallow stackers tombstones

I told you that this project was easy peasy … like cut and paste … without the cutting and using real edible paste!

Here are a few easy Halloween ideas from the past …

marshmallow eyeballs

Eyeball Pops

Monster cupcakes

Monster Cupcakes

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Summer – Part 1… Sailboats

Has summer just begun … or is it just about over?

I feel like summer just began, but wait … Target has eliminated the patio furniture and brought in school supplies and Michael’s has started stocking Halloween stuff … the weather is telling me it’s still summer ;)

I’ll try to  make this short and sweet … summer ideas have been filling my head … today I’m sharing the first.  I’ll keep sharing until my brain is empty or until everyone tells me to stop!

Candy Sailboat

Do you like to go on cruises?  I have never been on a cruise for several reasons … one is that I’m truly afraid of falling overboard … that’s probably why I had to have a life-preserver on my marshmallow sailboat … another one is that “Jaws” has scarred me for life!  I have been on boats, but never so far away from land that I can’t see it.  I do want to go on an Alaskan cruise … maybe I can handle it without an anxiety attack!

This is what you will need to make 12 sailboats on a graham cracker ocean …


First make the sailboats …

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  1. Cover your working surface with wax paper or parchment.  Cut the straws in half.
  2. Use the edible marker to draw lines on the smooth side of LifeSavers (omit this step if you want plain life preservers).
  3. Use a serrated knife dipped in water to cut the JumboMallows into 4 half circles (boat hull).
  4. Cut each StackerMallows into 2 triangles, using the same method.
  5. Melt the CandiQuik.  Reserve 4 ounces (1/4) melted candy white (to be used later) … color the remaining candy as desired (I did 4 ounces each, blue, yellow and orange).  Dip tip of paper straw into colored candy and insert into top of boat hull, let dry.
  6. Dip boat hull into colored melted candy, cover marshmallow completely and tap off excess candy.  (Insert lollipop stick if you are making pops)  Place LifeSaver on boat and chill for a few minutes.
  7. Attach StackerMallow sails by using a little water on the edge of the marshmallow (cut edge facing out) and attaching to paper straw (about 1/2″ from top) … allow to dry.
  8. Use a little water to attach licorice flag to the top of the straw … allow to dry.

Sweet Boat Pop

Let’s make the water …


  1. Color about 1/4 to 1/2 cup piping gel blue.
  2. Spread a light layer of white melted candy on a graham cracker square.
  3. Lay sailboat on melted white candy and allow to dry or chill for a few minutes.
  4. Use a small spreader or spatula to smear blue icing over the white candy.  Note:  the piping gel will stay gooey and really looks wet … like water should look!

Marshmallow Sailboat

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Oreo Graduation Pops

It’s May … graduation ceremonies and parties are being planned.

So today I made some happy face graduates :)

Oreo Graduation Pops

All graduates are happy … right?  They will be even happier if you give them a pop made with an Oreo, chocolate marshmallow and dipped in chocolate!

Check out the striped sticks … do you remember the coffee stirrers and paper straws from my shopping finds?

I flattened the straws and inserted the wood stir sticks … it was a nice tight fit …

straw sticks

I cut some straws in half … the long straws were only flattened half way.  Leave about 1″ or 2″ of the stick outside of the straw to insert in cookie.  (I tried flattening the straws and inserting them in the cookies … I broke every cookie I tried :( … then had to eat the broken cookies :) )

These happy grads are yellow because I’m a traditionalist and believe happy faces should be yellow … Have a Nice Day :)  You can use whatever color makes you happy ;)

This is what you will need …

Oreos for graduation

  1. Prepare sticks in straws if desired.
  2. Dip tip of stick in melted yellow candy and insert in cookie filling, let sit for a few minutes to firm up.
  3. Dip cookie in yellow candy, tap off all excess candy, add a marshmallow, allow to sit at room temperature or chill for a few minutes to firm up.
  4. Dip marshmallow and a small amount of cookie in melted dark chocolate to form hat/cap, allow to sit again.
  5. Use dark chocolate to make eyes and mouth.  I used a squeeze bottle … use what’s best for you (toothpick, pastry bag, etc.)

Happy helpful hint of the day - I usually use an electric griddle/skillet to melt my chocolate.  Place the cookies on the griddle/skillet for a few minutes to soften the icing.  This is just an alternative to the microwave hint from last week.

warm your Oreos

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Sparkly Star Marshmallow Straws … or Pops

I ♥ paper drinking straws …

I ♥ marshmallows …

I ♥ red, white and blue …

I ♥ the 4th of July …

And I ♥ these little creations …

I bought these star shaped marshmallows the minute I laid eyes on them … they are red, white and blue and are various sizes!  I was not sure what to do with them … but I knew that I “needed” them :)

In my mind I was thinking pops … I would finally have a project to use my red and white striped straws … I would use them in place of lollipop sticks!  So I made them this afternoon … took photos and sat down to write this post.

Then I talked with my friend, Gwen … she suggested to actually use them as straws in drinks … Gwen is so smart ;)  Why didn’t I think of that?

This is what you will need to make these Super Simple Sparkly Star Straws … or Pops …

  • Star Shaped Marshmallows (I found them at the grocery store)
  • Paper Drinking Straws or Lollipop Sticks
  • Red, White & Blue Sanding Sugar
  • Melted White Chocolate
  • A little water and paper towels (not in photo)

I found it easy to set up an assembly line … a bowl of water, paper towel, sugar and a plate …

Dip one side of the marshmallow in water … tap the marshmallow on a paper towel … dip the marshmallow in its matching color of sugar and set aside to dry for about 15 minutes …

After the marshmallows have dried, place them (sugar side down) in a pattern that you like …

Add a dot of melted white chocolate on each star … place a straw (or stick) on the melted chocolate … let sit until chocolate hardens …

Straws or Pops which will you make?

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