These fun Marshmallow Pops for St Patrick’s Day are the ideal edible craft to make with the family. Wrap them up in cellophane and give to friends as gifts, or arrange them into an edible centerpiece for your St Paddy’s Day table.
Marshmallow Pops for St Patrick’s Day are an Edible Craft
These sorts of recipes are the kind that are fun to do with the family and friends. In fact, when decorating these marshmallows it’s helpful to have a couple of sets of hands to handle each step. One for the dipping, one for the decorating and one to help placement and sprinkling with sanding sugar plus clean-up! To make these you’ll need a parchment lined sheet pan, microwave safe bowls and spoons for stirring, cake pop or lollipop sticks, food safe tweezers for placing the confetti sprinkles and scissors to assist in removing them from the dipping sticks. You’ll also need a styrofoam dome or block for drying the marshmallow pops.
Helpful Tips for Making Marshmallow Pops for St Patrick’s Day
- These marshmallow pops can be as intricately designed or as simple as you want them to be. This is an edible craft so get everyone involved, have fun and be creative!
- Before dipping the marshmallows, try to select ones that are similar in size and shape, so that the final products come out looking more uniform. It’s always helpful to have extra on hand.
- You can use a double boiler to melt the candy coating to keep candy melts warm for longer.
- The cake pop stick should be long enough to fit 3 marshmallows and still have a handle for holding.
- To keep the top marshmallow smooth, dip and decorate the marshmallow. then stick it into the styrofoam dome and let the top marshmallow dry upright. (Bottom right picture in step-by-step collage)
- A deeper bowl works best for dipping marshmallows in the candy melts. You could also use a cup.
- Tweezers work great for adding confetti sprinkles and creating the belt buckle, while the candy coating is wet.
- To make candy melts more smooth on the marshmallow, once dipped, rest the stick on the edge of the bowl (horizontal with the bowl) and shake back and forth until smooth. Patience is key.
More Tips for Decorating St Patrick’s Day Marshmallow Pops
- In place of gold spray, you can also tint the white candy coating with a small amount of yellow coloring gel to make some of the marshmallows gold, if desired.
- It’s easiest to work with one color at a time to ensure the candy doesn’t harden. Dip and decorate one marshmallow at a time, unless the candy coating needs to dry first (i.e. when adding gel or a drizzle).
- The sticks used for dipping the marshmallows can get messy, other sticks (I used white) can be used to keep the gold display sticks clean.
- For faster drying, put marshmallows in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
- Wrap these in pretty cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts. You can also arrange them as seen in the images to create a festive centerpiece for the table.
Other Recipes Using Marshmallows to Add to the Menu
- Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows are the perfect topping for hot cocoa.
- Hot Chocolate Mix with Floating Snowmen is a fun edible craft to make.
- Mini Peanut Butter S’mores Pies is a small batch dessert you’ll love to share.
- Strawberries and Cream Krispies Treats elevates a childhood favorite.
- Double Fudge Mississippi Mud Cake is rich and fudgy.
- Spring Hot Chocolate Bombs are a feast for the eyes and delicious, too!
- Homemade Marshmallow Spread from King Arthur Baking.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Marshmallow Pops for St Patrick’s Day
- 24 regular marshmallows plus additional as needed
- 1 12 oz package green candy melts i.e. Wilton
- 1 12 oz package white candy melts i.e. Wilton
- 24 long cake pop or lollipop sticks for dipping each marshmallow
- 1 3.5 oz tube black sparkle gel i.e. Wilton
- gold and silver confetti sprinkles
- gold, silver and green sanding sugar
- 8 long gold cake pop or lollipop sticks
- 1 styrofoam dome or block
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Divide marshmallows, using 12 to dip in green candy coating and 12 to dip in white candy coating.
- In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt 1-1 ½ cup green candy melts according to package instructions. Do not overheat. Stir, until completely smooth.
- To coat marshmallows: Thread one marshmallow onto a white stick without pushing all the way through. (You may need to reheat candy melts mixture if it cools while decorating marshmallows. When doing so, add 1 tsp solid vegetable shortening, if needed to thin.)
- Dip one marshmallow at a time into the candy melts at a 45° angle, twisting the stick until the marshmallow is fully covered. Gently tap the stick on the edge of bowl allowing excess to drip off.
- Immediately sprinkle with gold or silver confetti sprinkles or gold, silver or green sanding sugar while wet. Likewise, if placing gold sprinkles in a pattern for the hats or spiral design do so while wet. (Apply gel hat band and draw black pot-o-gold after coating is dry.)
- Repeat the process melting, dipping and decorating remaining 12 marshmallows in melted white candy coating.
- Place onto parchment lined pan upside down to dry. Please note: For smooth topped marshmallows put the stick into the styrofoam dome to dry upright.
- Once dried, carefully remove marshmallow from the white stick using scissors, or a knife to release back. Place back onto the pan with hole facing upwards. Assemble as desired, threading 3 decorated marshmallows onto each gold stick. Wrap in cellophane, tie with a ribbon for gift giving or enjoy immediately.
- Decoration ideas for green marshmallows:– White candy melt drizzle (use any reserved from dipping)– Silver diagonal confetti sprinkles– Silver sanding sugar– Leprechaun Belt: To make, use gold confetti sprinkles with black sparkle gel (For the buckle, add 3 gold confetti sprinkles on top and bottom of where black belt line would be while candy is wet. Once dry, draw the black belt line and add the remaining 2 gold sprinkles to complete).
- Decoration ideas for white marshmallows:– Gold diagonal confetti sprinkles– Gold sanding sugar– Gold food color spray with green sanding sugar– Pot of Gold: Black sparkle gel and gold confetti sprinkles (This is done when candy coating is dry. Use a dot of black sparkle gel on the back of the sprinkle to make it stick).