Thursday, November 19, 2015

Marshmallows "Under the Sea" - 52 Snacks for Children's Church

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Another week, another opportunity to make a treat for our Children's Church (and you may want to just make an after school snack for your own mini version of the gang).

These were wonderfully popular.  Some kids just grabbed a fast bite, some picked off the Goldfish and then peeled off the chocolate coating.  A couple saved theirs to show their parents, but all loved the whimsy.

These were pretty easy to make.  Honestly it took the first three before I got the hang of making them.  they need to be dipped carefully.  The tricky part is getting the SAND look.  Add too much and you end up with more sand than ocean.  Too little and it just looks spotty.

So, those first three were the chef's reward (me).  Waste not want not and all that.

Another tip is to resist the urge to do all the marshmallows at once.  By the time you dip all, the first ones will have already set and you will not be able to get the "Sand" to stick.  But you don't want to work with the marshmallows fresh from the dipping in chocolate stage.  Then they are too wet and the sand will continue to ooze down even as you try to add the sand.

Find that sweet spot in between too wet and too set.

But. as I said, your last ones will look better than your first ones so just stick with it and you will find them easy and fun for all!


 OK... Here's what I did...

"Under the Sea"

  • 24 "Normal" size (NOT Mini's) Marshmallows
  • 3 Cups White Chocolate Melting Chips
  • A few drops of Blue Food Coloring to get the Ocean Color
  • 2 Cups Vanilla Wafers crushed into sand (Use a food processor)
  • 96 (a bag) of Goldfish Crackers
  • 24 Skewers or fancy Toothpicks
Cooking Directions
  1. Melt you white chocolate according to the package directions. Me, I like to do the microwave method, put the chips in a microwave safe bowl, Zap for 15 seconds, stir and repeat until smooth (4 or 5 times should do it. Be careful not to over cook as white chocolate will burn easily. Add drops of food color until you get the correct coloring.
  2. Prepare your stations... A bowl with about 1/4th of the Cookie crumbs, A bowl with about 1/4th of the chocolate, the goldfish close and the marshmallows on skewers.
  3. Work in batches of 2-4 at a time (work with just 1 until you get he hang of getting the right look. Your last ones will look much better than your first ones. Dip the marshmallows in the chocolate to coat the sides . Hold these for a couple of minutes until the chocolate just starts to get set but is still a little wet. Dip the bottom third in the cookie crumbs. I used a small spatula to press the crumbs into the bottom third (be careful, you want the beach look so do your best to not brush the crumbs any higher.
  4. Press the Goldfish Crackers into the chocolate so the fish appear to be swimming. 4 per marshmallow.
  5. Set the finished marshmallows on a sheet of parchment or waxed paper and allow to set fully.
  6. Repeat until finished, you can chill in the fridge to hurry the setting process.
  7. Serve to the delight of the kids and ENJOY!

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