“I don’t do fashion, I AM Fashion!”
– Coco Chanel
After fasting for a long month in the summer heat, everyone joys for Eid.
But none 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 carnival 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 everyone gives the kids money!! We used this money to buy all the things we were not usually allowed to buy; such as firecrackers, 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 treat! After the three days are done, 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 🙂
In today’s post, I want to share with you how you can make these mouthwatering and very irresistible 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 too will be reaching out for these before anything else!
Step 1 – Skewer the Marshmallows
The idea is to skewer some marshmallows on a bamboo skewer, coloured straws, cookie sticks…etc. You can go for mini marshmallows or for large Marshmallows. 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) You can fully dip the marshmallows, half dip them or go for a mix of both options. Once the marshmallows are dipped, 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 skewered 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 wild, because there is no limit to what you can do with these.
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 place each one in a candy bag and seal it tightly, they can last up to 2 months, tasting as good as new. If you place them unwrapped in airtight jars, 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.
Let the Kids In
I usually make colourful and playful ones for the children, and have them help me out. (check out how to make homemade vegan food colourings on this link).
The children love to dip the skewered marshmallows, 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 festivities approaching and in the mood for Eid.
This also applies to making the Cake Pops on this link
You can present these pops in jars, colourful glasses or on your confection platters or trays. Otherwise, they can be kept in nice looking jars.You can also make an arrangement where you place the flower arrangement prop (the block used in holding flowers in place for arrangements) cover it with paper mache 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 also 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 🙂
While, in Eid, you want to offer your guests Maamool, chocolates and all the traditional options, it is always very stylish to offer something new and different, and these marshmallow pops are playful and super delicious. 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.