Sunday, 10 August 2014

Marshmallow Party Bites

 

Marshmallows............. soft, squidgy, bouncy bites of sugary yumciousness!

I cannot resist them and it is seriously dangerous to have them in the larder as I often sneak a couple for a late night treat long after I should have stopped eating......


But for children's parties they are a must. Especially when they can be decorated well enough to compete with the prettiest of party dresses!

They are the simplest of treats to knock together, yet I have not made them for a party yet where the children's eyes did not widen in excitement when they saw them. You want happy little party guests? These are the thing to make them smile....... And I bet you, they will be wolfed down quicker than the cakes and biscuits you have so lovingly and time-consumingly prepared.


There is something about adding chocolate to marshmallow which makes it totally and utterly irresistible. Although it is an additional sweetness, it is a creamy cocoa sweetness which somehow tempers the sugar-shock of the marshmallow on the tongue. Coating mallows with a little chocolate decadence results in a sublime melt in the mouth experience which marries the richness of the chocolate with the pillowy, candy softness of the mallow.


The decoration is just for fun.......... and anything goes! Sweets, sprinkles, glitter sugar, nuts........ just let your imagination run.

I have been making the small version of these treats for years........... They are (possibly) the southern version of Stuart at Cakeyboi's 'Top Hats'. But this year I discovered giant marshmallows in Dobbies garden centre................ Not sure whether that was good or not...... we are already several bags down and we are not quite through the summer yet.


Imported from the States (where else would they have thought to make marshmallows this big?), you can also find them in some of the larger supermarkets. I assume that they are made for skewering and gently frazzling over the barbecue.............. And yes, we have tried this too........... a 'to die for', crisp on the outside but very melty, sticky, caramelly on the inside, stomach full of sugar experience (yet there is always room for 'another').


They also make fantastic marshmallow lolly pops! These ones were decorated for my daughter's birthday party using white chocolate, painted into patterns as the perfect sticky coating for a multitude of sprinkles. Some of the kids even asked for the extras to be cling-wrapped and popped into their party bags (brilliant.........now why didn't I think of that???).


I love my Marshmallow Party Bites so much, that I am sending them over to a handful of August challenges :


Treat Petite hosted by Cakeyboi himself (along with Kat from The Baking Explorer). This month's theme is a party-handy 'No Bake'.......


The Biscuit Barrel with Laura over at I'd Much Rather Bake Than..... who's theme is an equally applicable 'No Bake'.......


These mallow treats require pretty much nothing other than melting a bit of chocolate, making a lot of mess and of course, trying (hopelessly) to avoid eating the freshly dipped, warm melty chocolatey marshmallows before they get anywhere near the kids!


We Should Cocoa, this month being hosted by Rebecca at BakeNQuilt on behalf of Choclette at the Chocolate Log Blog. Rebecca has challenged us to use chocolate with marshmallow. That's about all these Bites are........... They may be simple, but they are no less moreish or tempting for that!


And finally Alphabakes - being hosted (mid-move) by Caroline Makes (with Ros, The More Than Occasional Baker). August's letter is 'P'. Did someone say Party? Yay!



Marshmallow Party Bites

Ingredients (make sure all ingredients are gluten free if intolerant)

Marshmallows - lots - either standard or giant size (you could make them, but I am too lazy!)
Chocolate - milk, white or dark (amounts vary dependent on number of marshmallows)
Sweets and sprinkles of your choice 

May need : lolly sticks, a 'cooking use only' paint brush, baking paper and tray.

Method

For small marshmallows :

  1. Decide on your decorations before you start and prepare by putting sprinkles in small bowls/on plates ready for dipping. This will mean that you can work quickly before the chocolate begins to set.
  2. In a small bowl, melt your chosen chocolate (I prefer to use either milk or dark for contrast with the mallow colour), either over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave on 30 second bursts (medium setting) stirring frequently until melted and runny.
  3. Take your marshmallows one at a time and dip the top into the chocolate first and then decorate with sweets or sprinkles.
  4. Place non-chocolate side down on a plate or tray and allow to set at room temperature.

For giant marshmallows :

  1. Decide on your decorations before you start and prepare by putting sprinkles in small bowls/on plates ready for dipping. This will mean that you can work quickly before the chocolate begins to set.
  2. Melt your chosen chocolate as in 2 above - I used white chocolate to blend in with the marshmallow and make the decorations stand out. 
  3. Push a lolly stick into each marshmallow (about half way in only).
  4. Working quickly, you can either dip the mallows, or we used a paint brush and spoon to 'paint' the chocolate into designs on the mallow. Dip or roll the mallow in the sprinkles. To stick on sweets, dab a small spot of chocolate onto the mallow and press the sweet into the chocolate to stick.
  5. Place the mallow top side down (non-lolly stick) on baking paper and allow to set at room temperature.
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22 comments:

  1. These are so fun! Definitely ready to party! I have seen those giant marshmallow in the store and been afraid to purchase them as I can already not eat just one of the regular size. Thanks for joining in with We Should Cocoa this month.

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  2. Very effective. They look much more exciting then normal marshmallows. Would look great wrapped as gifts for stirring into hot chocolate

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    1. Thanks Katie. They taste more exciting than normal marshmallows too! Wrapping them for hot chocolate stirrers is a fab idea.... That's christmas sorted!

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  3. I can't believe I've never thought of doing this before but you are totally right of course, chocolate decorated marshmallows are ideal for parties, children's and otherwise! Also, what a way to make marshmallows even mor addictive =)

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  4. Thanks for the shout out AND for taking part in Treat Petite! They look scrummy.

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  5. I love marshmallows too! I did not grow up with them as they never used to be available in Italy when I was a child but since I had them in England for the first time... gosh it was love a first sight. I really don't understand how they can be so addictive.. it is instant happiness. Love them like mad!
    And the way you have prepared them here is fabulous.. so beautiful. You are very creative.

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    1. Thank you Alida. Marshmallows are absolutely addictive! I love the squidgy softness as you bite in......

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  6. These look super cute and really fun too. I'm sure kids would love to decorate their own marshmallow pops. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

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    1. What a great idea Ros. I should have thought of that for the party! Would have saved me and my daughter some work and would have been very entertaining!

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  7. How lovely - a simple idea and so easy to make but they look brilliant and as you say perfect for a kids party - and probably adults too! Thanks for entering Alphabakes.

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    1. You're welcome Caroline. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most successful. I confess that I ate too many of these myself!

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  8. Love these! Always have a bag of marshmallows in the house for topping off hot chocolate, I can see my niece and I making these on a rainy day.

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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    1. Oh Angela you must! I have just visited your blog and I think your niece is more or less the same age as my daughter....... She would love them! But be warned....... they are dangerously moreish!

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  9. Well, I'm not in the least bit surprised you are so in love with these Kate. They are indeed adorable and the sort of thing I'd be heading straight for, if I was lucky enough to attend a party where these were featured. Thank you for sharing them with We Should Cocoa - mmm!

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    1. It was a pleasure Choclette! Marshmallows are something you never grow out of........

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  10. love your marshmallows (just seen in a round up) - so cute - and I have a little girl would would adore them - reminds me of what we call snowballs - large marshmallows coated in chocolate and coconut - a childhood favourite with me - now you have me thinking I could make home made ones with little marshmallows

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    1. Thank you Johanna. I remember the 'snowballs' too. I think you can still get them! Your little girl would love these party bites. I know mine loves decorating as well as eating them......... it is one of those really fun things we can do together and then gorge happily on the results!

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  11. Thank you , I love this page :-))

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