As you can see from all these pictures there has been lots of marshmallow fun happening here at Lifeovereasy. I thought it might be great to experiment with dipping the fresh marshmallows in various coatings. After a trip to the local Bulk Barn, I decided to try white and dark chocolate and also Wilton candy melts for a touch of colour.
The dark chocolate was easy to work with. I started by melting some chocolate chips in a double boiler. This was a little too thick so I added some butter to create a chocolate ganache with a consistency similar to that of chocolate syrup, so that a nice thin coating was left on the marshmallow. I found that about 6 tablespoons of butter in 8 oz. of chips gave me the right thickness. I dipped a corner of the marshmallow in the melted chocolate and sprinkled on some toppings such as shredded coconut, crushed cinnamon hearts, toasted ground almonds, and various candies and sprinkles. I used candy apple sticks, also from Bulk Barn, to make the marshmallow pop. Pretty easy!
The white chocolate chips were a little trickier to work with. I wasn’t able to successfully add the butter without making the chocolate a little grainy, so I just used plain melted chocolate and spread it on the marshmallows with a knife. The coating was a little thicker, but looked great anyway and the taste wasn’t too overpowering for the delicate flavour. More candy sprinkles, and voilà – cute and delicious marshmallows!
I had never worked with the Wilton candy melts before, but they were even easier than the chocolate. These were the colours I had to work with.
I just melted them in a double boiler, and the consistency was perfect for dipping. I found the colour a little dark, but I just mixed them together to get the look I wanted. Basically, a ratio of 1 part coloured melts to 3 parts white melts did the trick. For example, for the lighter blue coating I used about 6 blue melts together with 18 white melts to get a nice colour.
These coatings made very pretty marshmallows, and the taste was sweet and light – similar to white chocolate.
Just for fun, I cut a few in a flower shape, and these turned out pretty cute, too!
I tucked the marshmallow pops into little cello candy bags, and tied them with ribbon. These were easy and quick to make, and delicious too. I liked the dark chocolate coated ones best – a nice adult touch to one of my favourite childhood treats. Can’t wait to try some of these in my hot chocolate!