11 Feb DIY Valentine’s Day Pops
What screams mother-daughter bonding like a day devoted to candy, love and all things pink? Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get a little crafty in the kitchen with the little ones. This year, LS and I decided to make these super easy, but oh-so-adorable, marshmallow pops! They are a more simple version of the glorified cake pop making this project easy enough for Scout to participate in and for me to clean up!
What you will need:
– paper straws (color is your choice)
– marshmallows (you can use vegan ones)
– chocolate chips (again, you can use vegan chocolate)
– food coloring(optional, I used red coloring to make pink white chocolate)
– toppings (we used sprinkles and sprinkle balls, choice is yours) * I prefer to sprinkle the topping on instead of dipping them.
What you need to do:
1)First, use a small knife to cut a small hole in each marshmallow to make room for your straws.
2)Insert the straws in each marshmallow and pop them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. This will help the straw stay in place.
3) Next, its time to melt down your chocolate. Place your chips in a microwavable bowl and cook them for about 30 seconds, stopping every 10 seconds or so to stir and prevent the chocolate from burning. DISCLAIMER: I used the microwave method and failed miserably! I prefer to boil a pot of water and place an aluminum bowl over the top. Add your chocolate and continuously mix with a spoon. The chocolate will melt from the steam. This worked so much better for me and I found it to be a lot easier. Be very careful with your little ones as the chocolate can be very hot.
4) Here comes the fun part! If you want to add food coloring to your “icing” now is the time. We made half pink and kept the rest white. Take each marshmallow, dip them in your chocolate and whatever toppings you would like. I let LS do this by herself which is why the pops do not look gourmet. Then again, she did a better job then I would have done!
LS had so much fun making this project and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Don’t worry, I had my eye on LS as she made a whole in each marshmallow.
All done by LS (She’s so proud of herself).
LS and Sai