Marshmallow Madness: marshmallow pops!

“It’s no secret that neon colors are all the rage right now. Everywhere I go, there they are… in clothes, jewelry, accessories… even manicures! I thought it would be fun to incorporate those crazy colors into some yummy treats, but who wants to fire up an oven in this summer heat?”

So said our friend Kim, of KC Bakes, who joins us again to follow-up from her amazing cake pop tutorial with a brand new idea that is easier than easy and so darned cute and clever! We are honored to have her share her tips and awesome photos with us for Marshmallow Madness Pops ideas. Kim, founder of KC Bakes, also has a variety of tutorials on her website to teach you other ideas & techniques, so be sure to check them out! Thanks, Kim!

Marshmallow pops are so a chance to be creative and one of the easiest treats to assemble, and there is zero baking involved. If you can work a microwave, then prepare to knock the neon socks off of your friends!

marshmallow madness

Most candy companies haven’t caught up with the trend just yet, so for the boldest neon, dye white candy melts with electric shades of the rainbow. Refer to the end of this post for candy-dying tips and how to achieve neon colors.

Two-Tone Effect. Hold the marshmallow by the top edge, and dip it halfway into the first color. Using your free hand, insert a lollipop stick into the just-dipped side of the marshmallow, and put it in your KC Bakes stand (or Styrofoam) to dry. Once the first color chocolate is dry, dip the marshmallow in the second color, right up to the edge of the first color.

marshmallow pops

Sprinkle on some Cheer. After coating the marshmallow completely in a neon color, dip the top of it in some rainbow sprinkles to make those colors pop even more.

how to make marshmallow pops

Happy Birthday! Put the secondary neon chocolate into a Ziploc bag, snip the tip, and pipe it on like you’re decorating a cake. Trim neon candles in half, and before the top color chocolate hardens, insert the candle, allow everything to dry. Remove the candle before eating, of course.

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So Sweet. On a last-minute run to Party City, I came across these candy-coated sunflower seeds, and for some reason, they just spoke to me. They’re simple, cute and somehow sophisticated. And you know, these may be my favorite pop in this whole post.

marshmallow recipes

Having a neon party, but don’t have time to order candy dye? No problem! There are a lot of bright candies that will take your marshmallow pops from drab to fab!

Nerds come in huge multi-colored boxes, or you can buy them by specific flavor and color.

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Candy buttons are great because you can stick them onto the pop in any pattern you like… it’s like a candy Lite-Brite! Do they still make those?

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Pop Rocks have the trifecta… sight, taste and texture! Word to the wise, don’t make these too far in advance. If left out for too long (more than 36 hours), the pop rocks begin to dissolve and instead of having that spiky glacier-like texture, it looks like a thick gel. Learn something new everyday!

how to make marshmallow pops

Pixy Stix aren’t the brightest color candy out there, but they add a great punch of tart flavor, and they are so easy to use… just tear off the paper-end, and pour. To enhance the color, dip the top of the marshmallow in colored chocolate first; the pop on the right was dipped in pink first, and then sprinkled with a red Pixy Stick.

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When it comes to taste, Fruity Pebbles were my #1 favorite. They gave the marshmallow pop some great crunchy texture, but the fruity flavor definitely brought it home.

marshmallow recipe

Now while I was at Party City, I spotted a big box of Ring Pops, and I immediately knew what I could do with them… marshmallow rings!

 

Marshmallow pops

To get just the plastic ring part, put an unwrapped Ring Pop into a paper or thick plastic bag. Holding the ring part to keep it steady, take a hammer and bang on the candy part a few times. After two or three whacks, the candy split clean off.

ring pop recipe

Put a little chocolate on the flat-side of the ring pop, and push it into the top of the marshmallow. ‘Mallows can be a little springy, so you may need to hold it there for a few moments until it adheres onto the ring.

marshmallow recipe

If you want to get fancyyy, dip the marshmallow in white candy, coat it with clear sanding sugar, and violá – marshmallow bling!

marshmallow ring pop

For your next get-together, neon or otherwise, remember that marshmallow pops make the perfect blank canvas to match your party theme… dip them in melted candy and go crazy (with toppings)!

Marshmallow Madness Supplies

- Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Marshmallows
- White Candy Melts or Vanilla Candy Coating
- Assorted Candy Toppings
- Neon Candy Dye
- Lollipop sticks
- KC Bakes Stand (or Styrofoam)
- Ziploc sandwich bags

Tips:
1. Dip the tip of each lollipop stick into melted candy, then insert them into the marshmallows. Let them firm up for a few minutes before dipping the pops; this will give the pops a little bit of extra support.
2. Consider your toppings and your timeframe carefully. Marshmallow pops that are fully coated in candy can sit out for quite a few days with no problem. However, certain toppings will go stale (like cereal) or can get gooey (like Pop Rocks) if they are exposed to the air for too long.
3. For the green and yellow neon dye in this post, I used AmeriColor “Electric” Soft Gels. Unfortunately, these dyes have water in the ingredients, any type of water will make chocolate seize into a hard lump. To get around this, AmeriColor makes a product called Flo Coat, which you add to the chocolate prior to adding the dye.
4. For the pink neon dye in this post, I used Make’n Mold pink candy dye, which can be found at most local craft stores. It is oil-based, and mixes into candy beautifully. Its actually marketed as their “pastel” collection, however keep adding more dye for an intense neon-like hue.

*For more detailed instructions on using neon dyes, click here.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/CANDIQUIK CandiQuik

    Cu-te!!!

  • RoseBakes.com

    Where do you find neon candy colors?

  • RM, Home Confetti

    all great ideas! The ring pops may be my favorite! Sharing on FB :)

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing!!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Check out Tips #3 and #4 at the bottom of the story to achieve the neon colors!

  • RoseBakes.com

    Awesome – thank you!!

  • alivan

    how did you get the neon colors??

  • alivan

    ooppsss….never mind…i should have read the other post! silly me…..

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Glad you found it! Actually I’m glad you asked – we’ll put it in bold so it’s as bright as neon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.nixon.blake Susan Nixon Blake

    So many great ideas!! I’ve found that throwing the marshmallows into the freezer for about 10 minutes (after I’ve put the stick in) makes them a little easier to work with.

  • Sue {munchkin munchies}

    Such adorable ideas! I love the neon colors! The marshmallow bday “cakes” are adorable! I made some out of brownie pops awhile back with the candles too~fun!

  • http://twitter.com/challred Christina Allred

    These are incredibly cute! And I am pretty sure I can make them without screwing them up!

    Stopping in from the blog hop. :)

  • katherines corner

    our grandchildren would flip for these. Plus everything is better with sprinkles. Hugs P.S> thank you for sharing at the hop my friend :-)

  • Craftiro

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

    This is too cute!! I would love for you to link up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html

    Thanks, Nichi

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Done – and what a great list of projects on your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Thanks, Kim at KC Bakes is amazing!!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    :) ) hope they enjoy!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    no bake! Yay!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Oooh, love the tip – thank you!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    we <3 neon and adore how Kim at KC Bakes made the colors POP!

  • Kelley Wilson

    The candle ones would look so cute popping out of a cake and the ring pop ones are fantastic, my boys would love those

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Great idea about the candle marshmallow pops! Everyone loves a ring pop and these are just a fun a twist!

  • mandatory mooch

    Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at
    The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party
    will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    We’ve updated with more information about neon dyes! Check it out with the link in our last sentence!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    We’ve just updated with a link containing specific tips about obtaining the neon colors when dying. Thanks again for stopping by!

  • joni

    So cute.

  • Eddy-lynn

    How long are they good for?

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    They should last as long as marshmallows typically do. Which in our house, is not long :) They are eaten long before they go stale… so we actually haven’t tested how long they would last, but sealed in an airtight bag they would last a bit.

  • Trini

    where can i get just the ring plastics?