Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year. I love love.
If you’re looking for a last minute fun project for your kids, or some goodies for their classrooms, give me an hour and I’ll give you some sweet marshmallow pops.
I got this idea from a book my mom got me for Christmas, Kids in the Holiday Kitchen. My mom loves holidays just as much as I do (probably more), and as a result she has a terrible habit of buying me holiday related items at the holiday. Which makes no sense to me whatsoever. Here I am looking at this adorable little book with all these fun cooking projects to do with the kids, and oh, wait! That holiday is TODAY. So, put that away until next year!
But! I saw the sugarplum lollies in that book, which inspired this idea for Valentine’s Day.
And look at me, just like my mom, I am throwing this at you at the last minute. But…if you have an hour to do this with your kids, even after dinner tonight, it’s a pretty quick project.
What you’ll need:
Double boiler, or two pots as a stand-in
Bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (feel free to get creative)
Bag of big marshmallows
Miscellaneous holiday themed candies
Cellophane to wrap the pops in
What you’ll do:
Prep several plates of your valentine-themed candies. Plates work better than bowls, since you can hold the pop straight out, and simply roll in the candies. Set aside.
Cover your cookie sheet with wax paper. You’ll be putting your pops on the tray and then into the fridge to set, so you’ll want to make room in your refrigerator, as well. Set aside.
Add an inch of water in the bottom of the double boiler and simmer. Add chocolate chips to the top bowl and stir constantly until fully melted.
Meanwhile, prep your pops. Push the stick fully into, but not through, the marshmallow.
Dip and swirl into the chocolate. Let the chocolate drip from the marshmallow, and try to move it such that you have a relatively even coating of chocolate on the pop. Don’t over do it.
When decorating the pop you can either press only the top of the pop into the candies, so that it is primarily chocolate with like a little surprise candy hat; or you can roll the whole pop lightly in the candies, covering the whole thing. This is obviously the best role for the kids. Let them have at it!
As you finish decorating each pop, put it onto your wax-covered tray. When done, put the tray into the refrigerator in order to set. It sets pretty quickly, but give it at least 30 minutes before you take them out. If you want, you can wrap them in cellophane and tie with a decorative little ribbon.