Christmas Popsicles

Every child loves Popsicles, but when summer ends, the frozen treat is abandoned and forgotten.  Here are some winter Popsicles.  They are just as fun as their frozen counterparts, but better for snowy days.

You will need:

1.  16 large marshmallows

2.  8 popsicle sticks

3.  Crushed candy canes or candy sprinkles

4.  1 cup of chocolate chips or cut chocolate

5.  1 Tbs. of butter

6.  A small dish

7.  Wax paper

8.  Cellophane and ribbon (optional)

A Popsicle made from marshmallows and chocolate

Crushed mints

1.  If you are using candy canes or mints, crush them with a rolling pin.  It will be less messy if you put them in a resealable bag first, but you don't have to.  Set aside.
Marshmallows on Popsicle sticks 2.  Put two large marshmallows on each Popsicle stick.
Chocolate melted in a coffee cup 3.  Put the chocolate chips in the dish or cup.  We like to use a coffee cup.  Microwave for one minute.  Stir.  If the chocolate chips aren't melted, microwave for a few more seconds.  Then stir in the butter until it is melted.
Dipping the marshmallows in the chocolate 4.  Dip each marshmallow stick and give it a twirl so it is coated in chocolate.  Shake off the excess chocolate.
Chocolate covered marshmallows with sprinkles 5.  Sprinkle on the crushed mints or candy sprinkles.  Set the Popsicle on a cookie sheet or plate covered in wax paper.  When all eight Popsicles are dipped, put them in the freezer for about five minutes to harden the chocolate.  They will harden at room temperature as well, but it will take a long time.
The chocolate covered marshmallows wrapped and tied with a ribbon 6.  If desired, wrap in plastic wrap or cellophane and tie with a ribbon.  Otherwise, store the Popsicles in an airtight container and refrigerate them if they won't be eaten within a few hours.

Sap from the marshmallow plant has been in use for centuries as a remedy for sore throats.  Because of its sweet flavor, it was also used to make candies and pastries.  The process has evolved so much that modern marshmallows no longer contain any products from the marshmallow plant.  Now sugary batters are aerated and shaped. Air is trapped in the batter, giving marshmallows their signature fluffy texture.


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