Super Mushroom & 1-Up Mushroom Marshmallow Pops

You know about Cake Pops right? Those cute little cakes, on sticks…? No? Then head straight over to Bakerella which is where I first saw cake pops a couple of years ago. They are awesome!

I was going to make cake pops for my son’s Nintendo themed birthday party…I had the cake, I had the frosting, I had the candy melts, I had the sticks, I had the ideas…I was going to do Bob-ombs, Boos, Goombas, Super Mushrooms and 1-Up Mushrooms…but I didn’t allow myself the time.

As a last minute food on a stick dessert, I used marshmallows instead! And I think that they came out wicked! Sure, the photo is a bit out of focus, and yes, they could be more mushroomy-shaped…but…last minute people!! I was still dotting eyes on 2 minutes before people walked through the door ^_^

Now, go grab a bag of marshmallows and follow me!

 

What do you need and how do you make these cute marshmallow pops?

You need a bag of large white marshmallows…I could only find bags of pink and white large marshmallows, so some of my Mario Mushrooms were blushing *^_^* You also need red and green Candy Melts. Candy Melts, by Wilton, are ready made coloured candy, which are easy to melt and less temperamental than chocolate. There are a variety of colours and I bought mine from HobbyCraft, but you can buy them online at places like Amazon and eBay. They are really easy to use and I’m so glad that I can buy them in the UK!

I used wooden skewers to impale my marshmallows, but you could also use lolly sticks – especially for young kids who might end up poking themselves with the pointy end >_<

To create the dots on the mushroom caps, I used a tube of ready-made white icing, but if you so happen to have some royal icing knocking about, then you can use that in a piping bag. For the eyes, I used a black food pen.

You will need somewhere to stand the marshmallow pops as they are drying off. My hubby found a box and pierced holes in the top to stand them in. In the past when making cake pops I’ve used a wedge of polystyrene.

First off, I stuck the skewer into the narrower end of the marshmallow and pushed it almost all the way through so that they would be on there nice and securely.

I then melted half a bag of red candy melts – way too much, so I think a quarter bag is fine. (You can re-use melted Candy Melts so if you do too much you don’t have to worry!) The instructions are on the bag – so easy! Just toss the melts into a microwaveable bowl and nuke for 1 minute and then in 30 second bursts until melted…as I wasn’t melting the whole bag, I just burst melted, just to be safe. I did the same with the green candy melts.

Taking one mallow on a stick at a time, I dunked it, wider top down into the melted candy. Some came out better than others for me – I tried to get a nice straight edge round the rim of the cap and try and dome it a bit at the top…trial and error! I found that the candy melts were pretty thick, so didn’t worry too much about them dripping.

I gave the pop a bit of a swish and swirl over the bowl to get rid of the excess candy and then placed them in my drying box…

I would say they take about 20 minutes to air dry, but I didn’t time it…sorry! When the caps are dried you can decorate with the white icing by piping dots all over them. The dots on the Super & 1-Up Mushrooms are quite big, so you could make bigger dots that I did on mine. But it’s all good ^_^

Then draw some lines for eyes…and job done!

These Mario Mushroom pops were easy and fun to make, really effective and make an awesome dessert on a stick!

Eat and Enjoy!

Super Mushroom & 1-Up Mushroom Marshmallow Pops

Ingredients

  • bag of large white marshmallows
  • ¼ – ½ bag of green candy melts
  • ¼ – ½ bag of red candy melts
  • black food pen
  • white ready-made icing tube or royal icing
  • candy sticks or skewers

Method

  1. Push the skewers/candy sticks into the marshmallows from the narrowest side, most of the way through so that they are secure.
  2. Melt the candy melts in separate bowls according to the directions on the packet.
  3. One at a time, dip the marshmallow, about a third of the way down from the wider end to form a cap. Knock of the excess candy by swirling it around or tapping the stick.
  4. Leave to set by standing in polystyrene, a cardboard box poked with holes, or in a glass – make sure they don’t touch.
  5. Pipe on white dots randomly over the cap.
  6. Draw on eyes with the black food pen.