Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Making Flowers and Polka Dots with Marshmallows

Some of my favorite things to do with marshmallows aren't even "recipes" at all. For instance, I've recently discovered a fun trick for decorating smoothies or milkshake glasses using large marshmallows. If you cut them in half and press the sticky sides again the inside of a clear glass, they look like polka dots once you add your milkshake or smoothie to the cup. This is such an easy trick, and it would be perfect for birthday parties, or bridal or baby showers! You could also reverse the color scheme and buy pink or brown marshmallows to use with vanilla milkshakes.

Another marshmallow trick is to make "flowers" out of cut-up marshmallows. If you cut miniature marshmallows in half and dip the sticky sides in sprinkles, they look like colorful flower petals. You can layer these petals in overlapping circles on top of a cupcake to make a beautiful, three-dimensional flower. If that's too time-consuming, you can just arrange five or six of them in a simple daisy shape, as shown in this recipe for Double Chocolate Easter Eggs. These flowers are simple to make, so they're a great choice when you want to let the kids help decorate cupcakes or candy.

Get the recipes: Polka Dot Milkshakes
Marshmallow Flowers

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