Caramel And Chocolate Covered Marshmallows for St. Patrick’s Day

Chocolate Caramel Covered Marshmallows

Chocolate, caramel & marshmallows.  Oh.  My.  Word.  These are incredible.  Dream about them all day and than cry when they are all gone kind of good.     We are big Disneyland fans in this house, and one thing I have to do every time we visit Disneyland is visit the chocolate covered mecca that is Pooh’s Corner.   Some of the amazing treats on our last Halloween visit…

A Disney trip is not complete until I  purchase and throughly enjoy something that has been covered in chocolate.  I LOVE the Tigger Tails type of snack (though I’m not an orange fan, so not a huge fan of actual Tigger Tails).   Anyways, I keep telling myself I HAVE to try making these at home.   Well today I did.  And I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing as they are WAY too good for me to be left home unattended with them.

Here’s what you need…

Pretty simple.  Marshmallows, sticks, caramels, melting chocolate and sprinkles.   I had not used the Kraft Caramel Bits before today, so I wasn’t entirely sure how they would work.   First things first, put your marshmallows on to your sticks.  I did some with one marshmallow and some with three.

I decided to follow the microwave instructions for the caramel bits, so into a microwave safe bowl with two tablespoons of water…

Two minutes in the microwave and out came this…

Made me a bit nervous but a few scrapes with the spatula did the trick…

Now, the instructions said to lightly spray the wax paper with oil.  Scratch that.  However much you think you should spray, spray about 10 times that much.  Than spray it again.  Trust me on this one.

The caramel is STICKY.   After attempting to “dip” the first marshmallow, I knew it wasn’t going to work (unless I wanted the marshmallows to stay in the bowl of caramel).  I quickly grabbed a silicone brush, and that worked out pretty well.

So I basically brushed on the caramel.    It worked out fine.  You want to work quickly, as the caramel gets more sticky by the minute.  I did at one point add a touch of water too it and pop it back in the microwave to smooth it out a bit.    Even though it was sticky, it really wasn’t that hard.  Plus, given you are going to cover the caramel in chocolate, it doesn’t have to look pretty, you just have to get the caramel on there.

They will now need to sit for a bit to set up.   The caramel won’t become completely hard, but it will set up to be fairly firm.    Enjoy your free time while waiting.   I spent mine rummaging through my pantry to find more stuff to dip in chocolate.   I have a bad habit of of doing that.

Remember the spray all the cooking spray you can portion of this lesson?  Here’s what happened when I used a “that should be enough” amount of spray…

Where’s the rest of the caramel?  Well right here, on the wax paper…

Nobody really enjoys chocolate covered wax paper, so this really isn’t what I was going for.   In an effort to not have every single one stick, I put the remaining marshmallows into the fridge for about 20 minutes.  They were much more cooperative that way.

After that I melted my chocolate and started dipping.  I actually spooned it on (these babies are BIG!) and than let the excess chocolate drip off…

Now give each one a good dusting of the sprinkles of your choice.   I stuck with the green food theme I have going on to stay in the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

There are a few other chocolate dipped goodies on there.  We’ll discuss them tomorrow.  :)

The single marshmallows are super cute…

And the full size ones?  Well they are pure decadence on a stick.

Add a cellophane bag and some ribbon, and you have a super cute homemade gift ready to give, that I am sure will be appreciated.   Though you should probably be prepared to make more in that case, as these are like crack.   Instant addiction here!

Now go dip something in chocolate!!!

Comments

  1. Our Eyes Eat First says

    Just amazing!! Thank you for the step by step pictures – they look great! I want some of these noowww ; j

  2. says

    Hi Christi,
    Thanks so much for the sweet comment you left me on my blog.
    Funny, but I have your blog as one of my favorites!
    Good minds think alike. I actually made homemade marshmallows this week,
    And did something similar. I haven’t had time to post it quite yet.
    I also love your site, it’s fabulous!
    Jonna

    • says

      Jonna, homemade marshmallows are one of the top items on my list of “things I don’t know why I’ve never tried”. I have a few events to bake for the next few days, but I’m dying to try homemade marshmallows. Love love love your blog. For all the baking I do, I’m actually a pretty picky eater, but if there was a blog poll on “which blogger’s house would you most want to go to for dinner” – you totally have it in the bag. I want, no, I need to have your Italian Nachos. ASAP. And you even make sweet potatoes the way I love them! I may seriously spend the next week reading and listing what I need to make. You make me want to COOK (typically I only want to bake ~ and order pizza!).

  3. says

    These look amazing! What a neat idea!

    I’ve got a recipe for marshmallows on my site, I’ve made them a couple of times and they really are very different than commercial ones, much wetter and spongier. I don’t know how well they’d hold up in a recipe like this, but to be honest, if you’re making your own marshmallows you should enjoy them just as they are, after all the effort that went into them!

    http://distractedgourmet.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/halloween-marshmallows/

  4. georgette says

    I, too, must always stop at Pooh Corner and pick up too many of their desserts!! Yours look great and maybe I will have to give them a try…keep up the good work!!

  5. Michaela says

    IA couple questions:
    What do you place them on after the chocolate and sprinkles are added?
    How long these will last? (wondering if I make them a few days before St. Patrick’s Day)
    Do you keep them in the fridge?

    Thanks so much – can’t wiat to try them!

    • says

      Michaela, I put them on to wax paper (which I usually have on a cookie sheet so that I can move it if needed before they have set). All of ours were gone within about four days, but they tasted fine right up until that fourth day. I do not keep mine in the fridge – mainly because I live in Phoenix, and I worry sometimes that if I get them too cool, than transport them and they warm up too much, that they will crack (I’ve had that problem a few times). I find they usually do well at room temp.

  6. Candace says

    These are my favorite combinations…chocolate, caramel and marshmallows! I am in Heaven! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas and recipes and for making it so easy to follow, with your step by step instructions and pictures. Keep up the great work!

    Aloha!

  7. says

    OH CHRISTI….These are just ADORABLE!!! My youngest daughter & son-in-law are coming down in June and I thought what a cute idea, as they LOVE Tigger Tails & Disney!
    I thought of doing a Red, White & Blue theme for the Americana look as the 4th of July is just around the corner and I thought since they will not be here for it they can eat some while here! Kind of a early 4th! :D
    You are AMAZING in what you do & INSPIRE me all the time! :D
    Huggles & Cupcake Loves,
    Pamela 0:)

  8. ayesha says

    OMG!! i have only just found this website, and clearly I have just found what was missing in my life!!! I hate chocolate, but love making chocolate type things for friends and family (Just call me monica gellar!!) lol anyway these blogs had me in stitches!! I am soo looking forward to using every single one of these recipes, especially as we are looking forward to planning our wedding soon!!! :D we miss out on a lot over here in the UK!!
    Ayesha ;)

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  10. Michele says

    We go to Disneyland every year and visits to Pooh Corner for treats is one of our favorite parts!! I’m always on the look-out for copycat recipes – have you ever found any for those huge cookies that they sell? My favorites are the white chocolate/raspberry and the snickerdoodles (which they no longer sell), but I can’t find anything comparable. I do know that they are not made in-house – they are supplied by Selma’s – but that has not helped me find any recipes. Love your blog!

  11. Spooey says

    Heres a little tip for next time you make these… if the caramel is getting too sticky or a little too hard, pour in a couple tblspoons of milk, give it a good mix, and shove back in the microwave for a few seconds. Stir it again once its out, and it’ll be a lot easier to work with.

    My best friend from college was (still is) obsessed with marshmallows, and theres not much variety in England, so i used to make these for him :) Thankyou for reminding me of this, im really struggling for ideas for his Christmas box this year! You’ve refreshed my memory and i’m sure we’ll have some college memories to share over a few of these. Eleven years ago, i feel old suddenly…

  12. Kathy says

    A local chocolate shop covered marshmallows in carmel and then almonds and then milk chocolate. I found your website searching for ways to recreate them. I thought they’d make a good stocking stuffer. Thanks for the info. The Halloween version you made are totally cute!

  13. Pam says

    Wondering how they would do if you used parchment paper instead of wax paper? They look soooooo good, guess I will have to try these for my grandsons!!

    • Michele says

      For caramel, I use plastic wrap. I also use a Wilton’s candy melting pot, it keeps the caramel at the right consistency, and to thin it, use a bit of Crisco. You can do that with the chocolate as well.

  14. Wendy McPherson-Prosser says

    OMG! I love love love the Tigger Tails @ Disney. I will go and get one at the store while my husband & kids ride Winnie the Pooh ride…..I have always thought “I’m going to make these somehow” but the carmel part always scared me (cause I’m not very good at it). So these “Kraft Bits” are great! Can’t wait to try these…Thanks for the great tutorial.

  15. Kathy says

    I made these for my son’s carnival today. They turned out great! I used Reynold’s non-stick foil with a light coat of cooking spray and it did the trick to prevent the carmel from sticking. I tried it without the spray, and it didn’t end well!

    • says

      Eloise, I’ve never actually used a silpat, but these are probably the stickiest darn things I’ve ever worked with. I think even with a silpat, I’d use a tiny bit of spray. Let us know if you try it out!

  16. Eloise says

    Hey there! just got done making these, and i did use a Silpat………. worked great!!!!No cooking spray required. Of course they didnt look as cute as yours, but im sure with practice, i will get better. thank you for an awesome recipe :)

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  1. [...] I am by no means a cake, candy or cookie decorator.  I’ve never taken a class, I can’t tell one Wilton tip from another, and I usually just pour a lot of sprinkles on things and call it good.   But I attempted to be a bit creative with these.    My ghost’s eyes and mouth are M&M’s and the pumpkin’s eye’s and teeth are Mickey Mouse sprinkles (fitting for Tigger Tails) that I broke the little ears off of, and the stem on the pumpkin is an upside down Christmas tree sprinkle.   They aren’t works of art, but I’m fairly certain most people would rather consume them than look at them.   But if I can make them somewhat resemble Halloween items, trust me – anyone can.   For step by step instructions on how I make my Tigger Tails, check out this post. [...]

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