Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Easy #Halloween Monster-mallow Treats

It's the MONSTER_MALLOWS!

I recently did some online searching for fun, quick, easy ideas for Halloween treats to try something new - there are so many great ideas from every creative corner... I found tons! I saved all my favorite ideas to my Pinterest board (check it out here: http://pinterest.com/sprout5/halloween/ ) then revisited the ideas with my kids to decide what to make.  The loved the decorated marshmallow creatures and it fit my requirements of quick and easy (and very few ingredients / needs).

Here is how we created them:  We purchased large marshmallows, a tube of decorating frosting and some food safe markers.  I had some left over colored fondant (I always have a stock in the freezer!) and rolled some small balls to use for eyes plus we used cheerios which are always on hand as well.  We "glued" the eyes on with a generous amount of icing (used the small circle tube attachment on the frosting tube) and placed the Cheerios over the icing so the icing pushes through the center of the Cheerios.  We used fondant as well to make eyes on some and used black food-safe markers to dot the eyes.  The rest of the facial features were also drawn on with markers.  This was a 20 minute activity so it was the perfect time frame for 3 and 6 year olds and when we were done, we had a pile of fun monsters treats for Halloween!

These monsters can be used to top cupcakes, cake, or cookies and make excellent pops by simply sticking a lollipop stick in the bottom.

Note - for better performance of the markers, let the marshmallows sit in the open to dry slightly on the outside.  If the marshmallows are too soft, it is harder to draw a line.  Also, don't press too hard with the markers.  Storage: keep them in a closed container until ready to eat.

Enjoy!
~Sprout

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