My friend's birthday was this week, so I decided to whip up a sweet little gift for her...marshmallow pops!
I stuck a marshmallow on a lollipop stick, dipped it in melted chocolate, then dipped just the flat end in sprinkles. You could also roll them in coconut, crushed nuts, graham cracker crumbs, or finely chopped candy bars. You can find lollipop sticks at any craft store near the cake decorating supplies. Here's a photo of my operation:
Putting the wet mallows into craft foam to dry worked really well! My marshmallow pops were much prettier since they didn't have a flattened side where they had dried against a cookie sheet. Once I had all the mallows dipped, I stuck them in the fridge to help the chocolate harden.
I tried doing a layer of caramel, but it kept dripping off, so I gave up and ate all the melted caramel. I know, it's a rough life.
After the chocolate was set up, I got to work making them into a bouquet. I covered a piece of craft foam with pink tissue paper and inserted it into a ceramic mug. Then I poked the sticks into the foam, starting in the center and working my way around.
One tip: buy your craft foam at the dollar store! It was about $5 at Michaels, which is just too much if you ask me. I also bought the ceramic mug at the dollar store. I love it when the dollar store comes through for me! Yay!
I finished this project off with a "Happy Birthday" tag and look how cute:
Cheerful, delicious, homemade... just the kind of gift I like to give!