With Christmas a couple of weeks away, you may be looking for some fun party dessert ideas. We all love sweet treats at Christmas, but we don’t really want big portions. Just that little bite to satisfy our craving for something a little sweet. I have the perfect option to fill that need: let me show you how to make marshmallow pops ~ the cutest little sweet Christmas treat.
These bites are great options as part of a dessert platter or to take to a party (“I’ll bring the dessert!”) What if you would like to have a sweet treat as a party favor? These marshmallow pops are perfect. I’ve made them for several different Christmas occasions the past few years and I love sharing them with you.
These marshmallow pops are not just a little bite of sweet heaven, they are also so cute and versatile for any occasion. Grown~ups and kids love them. I want to show you how to make marshmallow pops, how easy they are and how you can make them for a variety of occasions throughout the year so I have created a video for you .
How to Make Marshmallow Pops for Christmas Treats
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I first made marshmallow pops on Valentine’s Day for a girlfriends’ luncheon. Then I made them as party favors for a friend’s birthday party. Since then I’ve made them as gifts for some of my blogger friends and my Bible study group, as part of dessert offerings at a Christmas party, and most recently for an annual sorority Christmas party. They never fail to delight both in presentation and taste.
Ingredients and Supplies for the Marshmallow Pops
This is so easy. Just 2 ingredients ~ marshmallows and candy melts.
The Wilton candy melts are available at your craft store (I bought mine at Joann) in the baking section and online. I like the Bright White for a cleaner, brighter look. The marshmallows ~ the standard size ~ are available at your local grocery store.
After trial and more trial, I discovered that these supplies help you make marshmallow pops most easily. I’ll tell you why each one is important as we go through how to make marshmallow pops.
- a sheet pan lined with a sheet of parchment paper ~ keeps all your sprinkles contained and easily put back in the jar when you are through
- a small (1~inch) rubber spatula ~ for smoothing the candy melt around the marshmallow and removing the excess
- a block (or 2) of florist foam (trust me on this one)
- paper straws in your chosen color from a party store ~ for holding your marshmallow pops and adding to the cute factor; the selection online is extensive
- sprinkles or non pareils in a coordinating/contrasting color with the straws
The florist foam is used to hold the marshmallow pops as the candy melt chocolate sets. The pops need to set for a few hours until the chocolate forms a seal around the marshmallow. When you bite into the marshmallow, the crunch of the “stiffened” chocolate is a nice contrast to the softness and creaminess of the marshmallow.
How to Make the Marshmallow Pops for Gifts or Party Favors
If you are going to use the marshmallow pops as gifts or party favors, you will need:
- clear plastic bags ~ the 4 X 6 1/2~inch size (craft store in the baking area)
- skinny ribbon or decorative twine ~ coordinating/contrasting with your straws and sprinkles
- stickers or gift tags
I use Avery Print~to~the~Edge 2 1/2~inch round labels ~ #22830 to make my stickers. There are hundreds of templates for all occasions at Averey.com that you can customize with color, font, and size. You could also make stickers on vinyl with a Cricut (I’ll be trying that soon.) or make tags and hand write them.
For these marshmallow pops in a green theme, I selected a template with red ornaments. Since I wanted a gift tag, I cut out 2 1/2 inch circles with my Cricut in green cardstock and placed the stickers on the green circles.
Next I punched holes in the tags. I already bought skinny green ribbon.
Place 1 marshmallow pop in a bag, tie with a piece of ribbon (bow is optional), and attach the tag.
You can use the florist foam to hold the marshmallow pops.
Here’s the last batch of marshmallow pops with a gold theme.
I chose a different template this time, one to go with my gold theme. This time I just used the sticker without a tag and attached it to the plastic bag.
Ideas for the Marshmallow Pops
Although I’m sure you can think of other occasions to make the marshmallow pops, here’s a few to spike your imagination.
- any kid’s (young or old) birthday party
- St. Patrick’s Day
- a graduation party
- 4th of July or other patriotic occasion (red and blue sprinkles and straws, how cute!)
- football party in team colors
- bridal shower
- wedding favors (I had a friend ask me about making them for her daughter’s wedding, but she needed 150 and I just wasn’t up to making that many. But now that I have the process down, but think I would do it.)
- Christmas desserts, party favors or stocking stuffers
- New Year’s Eve
- any time you want to give a little treat to friends
Any other ideas you have? Please share.
This is one sweet post to PIN.
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