What's this? What's this? These quick and easy Jack Skellington marshmallow pops are the perfect Halloween treat for spooking your trick or treaters, kids and adults alike.
Everyone loves a not-so-scary Halloween
It all went a little mental when I popped the Gingerdead Men up last week... Silly mental, I've never seen so many views on one post in one day. It seems that everyone loves a little spooky, cute Halloween Gingerbread Man, not a scary, gory one. Thank you!
Anyway, I've been trying to go through my baking cupboards the last week or so and see what part-opened packets of things I've got lying around, needing to be used. There's a few bits and pieces, the odd bit of chocolate, Oreo packets with two left in it, Maltesers and marshmallows, and I really should start using up all the cake off-cuts that are in the freezer as well.
Whilst I'd love to sit surrounded by all the packets and work my way to an intense sugar hit, alas most of it will head Ian's way, but I did sneak the white chocolate and the marshmallows.
Marshmallow pops for the win!
If I really wanted to, I could have made cake pops... But whilst there's those who have making cake pops down to a tee, to me the process just seems so long and drawn out, for just one mouthful. So the cake offcuts will sit in the freezer for a little longer.
However, that said I'm a sucker for mini food, hence the impulse doughnut mould purchase and cake pops do fall into that class, but so do marshmallows on sticks!
It was my languishing marshmallows, that made me think of that famous tax-avoiding coffee shop and their marshmallow skewer that I'm a little partial too! Those marshmallows and white chocolate were about to have a date with a lollipop stick and some spooky Halloween magic.
The beauty of a marshmallow pop compared to its cakey cousin is there's not really that much mess. There's no crumbs, no frosting, no mixing, moulding and forming; it's more a case of melt some chocolate, stick in the marshmallow and decorate. Simples!
Secrets to perfect Jack Skellington marshmallow pops
Ok, they are really simple, but there's just a few things that cropped up.
- Dip your cake pop sticks - Make sure you dip the pop sticks into the melted chocolate before pushing the marshmallow on to them. It helps the marshmallow stay on when you dip it.
- Use a deep dish for your melted chocolate - that way the marshmallow is fully submerged when you dip. That way you don't get swirl lines trying to get the marshmallow fully coated.
- Draw on your design with a cocktail stick - some food pens or food paints do not take to the chocolate and your design disappears. I swear by Rainbow Dust food pens, they have 2 ends, with a thin nib perfect for the finer details.
All that said and done... I love these!
They're quick, no mess, easy to make with children, I think they're cuter than a cake pop.
Of course, your Jack Skellington marshmallow pop is going to be the shape of your marshmallow and you can't really form them like a cake pop, but that's part of the fun; they're just not that fussy!
More Halloween recipes to try
If you liked these marshmallow pops here are some other easy Halloween desserts that I think you’d enjoy...
Jack Skellington Marshmallow Pops
- 150 g White Candy Melts or White Chocolate
- 12 Marshmallows
- Add the white chocolate or white candy melts to a small heatproof bowl, place over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure that the bowl does not touch the water. Heat until all the chocolate has melted. Alternatively, melt in the microwave in 30 seconds blasts.
- Dip a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate, and push the end coated in chocolate into the bottom of the marshmallow.
- Stand the marshmallow upright in a glass filled with uncooked rice or stick into a polystyrene cake dummy.
- When set, carefully dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, until it is fully coated. Remove the marshmallow in one movement without stirring.
- Gently tap the lollipop stick on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Place the marshmallow back in the stand.
- Place the marshmallows in the fridge, for about 5 minutes, until the chocolate has cooled and hardened slightly.
- Using a cocktail stick, draw on Jack’s face, and trace over with a black food pen.
- To finish Jack, cut out a bat shape collar and stick to the lollipop stick with a little dab of the melted chocolate.
- You may want to make a hole in the bottom of the marshmallow with a cocktail stick first, to help the pop stick go in easier.
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