While tempering chocolate, piping rosettes and building a tower of homemade truffles are great ways to celebrate the gushiest day of the year, spearing marshmallows, dunking them in chocolate and dusting them with heart-shaped sprinkles can be just as fun. Throw a lollipop stick into the mix and I’d say we have Valentine’s Day just about covered.
Marshmallow Pops are an easy, fun and delicious snack to make with kids of any age (note “snack” and not “dessert,” which means it’s appropriate to eat them anytime after 9 a.m.). Craving a savory element? Grab a bag of salted pretzel rods and let the dunking and sprinkling begin.
- Large marshmallows
- Bittersweet chocolate chunks
- Sprinkles, or edible decorations of your choice
- Lollipop sticks
- Puncture the marshmallows with the lollipop sticks and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, or use a heat-proof bowl and microwave the chunks, stirring at 30-second intervals, until the chocolate is completely melted. Be careful not to burn it.
- Dip the marshmallows into the melted chocolate, let the excess drip off and then sprinkle them with the candy decorations of your choice.
- Position the marshmallow pops upright to dry until the chocolate has fully hardened (a bowl filled with rice or a block of styrofoam will hold the sticks securely).