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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Marshmallow Pops - Eid Confections To Please The Kids & The Adults Alike

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Marshmallow pops are a delicious treat that kids and adults will enjoy

"I don't do fashion, I AM Fashion!"   -  Coco Chanel

Now I know that after fasting for a long and extra warm month, everyone joys for Eid. But non more than kids! I almost remember every single Eid like it was yesterday! Eid was the best time in the whole year. It was like a carnaval of activities, visitors, treats, new toys, sweets, pictures, family gatherings which also always meant we were being showered with money lol! It is a tradition that in Eid every one gives the kids money!! We used this money to buy all the things we were not usually allowed to buy; such as fire crackers, or massive amounts of sweets, the yuckiest most food coloured slush drinks in blue or fluorescent green! Then of course comes the toys shopping. My Eid as a child always felt like an unlimited happy pill that lasted for 4 days! After which, we were too tired and most probably too ill to even ask for any sweets, games, activities or anything really! It was an overdose of joy! Good fun :)

All home-made Chocolate Platter also including the marshmallow pops

In today's post, I want to share with you how you can make these really tasty and very irresistibly charming Marshmallow Pops. I make these pops every Eid with the kids, and I even incorporate the pops in the confection trays, which I make for my home's guest welcoming for Eid. Not only do kids love these, but try them and see how good they are. It is such a simple concept, but a very delightful one. Your guests will be reaching out for these before anything else!

Assorted Marshmallow Pops:
Chocolate dipped and drizzled, Chocolate dipped and coconut rolled
Chocolate dipped and rolled in assorted chopped nuts, then drizzled

Step 1 - Skewer the Marshmallows
The idea is to skewer some marshmallows on a bamboo skewer. You can go for mini marshmallows as in the chocolate platter above or for large Marshmallows as in the first picture in this post. You can skewer a group of marshmallows on the bamboo stick to make for a long pop, or you can go for 1 piece on a toothpick for a one bite pop.

Step 2 - Dip in Melted Chocolate
Once you have skewered these marshmallows, you want to melt some dark chocolate in a double boiler. (read instructions on the chocolate dipped dates for how to melt and temper your chocolate) Once the marshmallow are dipped and covered in chocolate, place them over a tray lined with baking paper and leave them to set (for a plain chocolate finish).

Step 3 - Choose a Topping

For Chocolate Drizzled Marshmallow Pops:
After setting, drizzle melted chocolate with contrasting colour over the dried pops and leave to set again. You can go for 1 or 2 shades of chocolate on the same pop. Like drizzling melted white chocolate and melted milk chocolate over pops dipped in dark chocolate.

For Nut Rolled Marshmallow Pops:
After dipping the skwered marshmallow in chocolate to coat, tap to get rid of excess chocolate, then straight away roll them in roughly chopped nuts, chocolate or colourful sprinkles, coconuts....etc. The same topping suggestions mentioned in the Nut Rolled Dates post apply to these pops.
You can also be creative and use fondant for decoration. Just roll the fondant and cut extra small shapes, using mini cutters and use melted chocolate to stick these on the pops. Shapes like mini stars, flowers, butterflies in any colour can go. You can even use melted chocolate to stick a whole nut onto the marshmallow skewer. Like sticking a hazelnut to one side, or a peanut, or an almond. These nuts can be raw, toasted or even candied. Let your imagination go, because there is no limit to what you can do with these.

All home-made Chocolate platter with Marshmallow pops.
Go for nut rolld and chocolate drizzled for the adults, these are the unanimously favourite choices

Step4 - Finish 
You have to leave these pops to completely set and dry before you wrap them and add them to an arrangement.

These pops are great because once they set, if you wrap them tightly with nylon wrap, enough that they don't get in contact with air, they can last up to 2 months, tasting as good as new. If you place them unwrapped in jars as in the picture above, then you must consume them within 2 weeks, or they become slightly stale. However an airtight container that is not opened will last for up to 2 months.

Marshmallow Pops - stored in an airtight container they can last for up to 2 months

Let the Kids In
I usually make colourful and playful ones for the children, and have them help me out. They love to dip the skewers, drizzle, roll and stick decorations. It is such a fun activity to do together, and a very good way to get them to feel the festiveities approaching and in the mood for Eid.
As for the pops I use in my hospitality platters, I usually go for the more sophisticated flavour of the nut rolled pops. I find them to look irresistible and to appeal more to the grown ups, than the colourful sprinkles! lol

You can present these pops in glasses for the tall ones or shot glasses for the short ones. You can place them in your confection platters or trays. Or they can be put in nice looking jars.
You can make an arrangement where you place the flower arrangement prop (the block used in holding flowers in place for arrangements) cover it with paper mashe and pin the pops standing in whatever arrangement you like. If you don't have access to the flower arrangement prop, then use sugar or beans to hold the pops in place.

You can make these for Eid or any other occasion. These can be part of your desserts Buffet, especially in Kids' Birthdays and get togethers. You can even make these and fill cute jars with them and give them out as party favours. Or make them as a gift from the kitchen to a friend, neighbour or colleague... Fantastic whichever way you look at them :)

Add new to the classic options
These very playful and delicious Marshmallow Pops are a super sweet confection option to add to your Eid arrangements. While you want to offer your guests Maamool, chocolates and all the traditional options, it is always very stylish to offer something new and different from the classic options. So get in the spirit of Eid, and get those kids in the Spirit too. Excitement, celebration and happy activities are all what Eid is about, so allow your kids to experience the excitement in anticipation for Eid. Let them make the kiddie pops, and you make the more elegant grown up pops, and make sure they are not completely devoured before Eid is actually there! :)

Hope you like today's Kitchen Inspiration and that you will make these with your little ones. Don't forget to take photos and share them with me for a chance to win this amazing Express Grill Set sponsored by CitrussTV as part of Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special. Winners will be announced the first Friday after Eid, so until then you have all the time to cook recipes from this blog and share them with me. So don't miss out! Below is a video to show you what this Express Grill Set can do for you, enjoy and come back again tomorrow for more Eid Fun and Eid Kitchen Inspirations. Do let me know what you think of these pops ;)

Don't forget to teach your kids to enjoy the kitchen too, they love it just as much as you do
Ramadan Kareem