Marshmallow Pops!

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Happy new year pretty kitties!

We are back in action after a little winter break, and we come bearing a wonderfully easy treat just perfect for a little soiree! Or a big soiree, since you can make a lot in a small amount of time. Have you ever heard of marshmallow pops? Wellllll they are a tasty and dare I say sorta healthy? dessert treat. And a cinch to make! You can find plenty of recipes on the web for these, but why do that when you’re reading this one?

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INGREDIENTS

one bag of marshmallows
white melting chocolate discs
sprinkles
paper straws

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DIRECTIONS

Put down wax paper wherever you plan on resting your pops.
Using a knife, cut a little X in one end of each marshmallow before inserting the paper straw.
Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or on your stove, per the package directions.
Dip your marshmallow into the white chocolate, sort of twirling the excess chocolate off.
Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle sprinkles!
Put the pop top side down on the wax paper to let dry.

INSIDER TIPS

At first I dipped the white chocolate-covered marshmallow into the bowl of sprinkles, but I quickly found that created a crazy amount of sprinkles on each pop, and let’s face it: sprinkles are pretty and festive, but they aren’t necessarily super fun to eat. Use sparingly by just dropping the sprinkles on.

I did these the night before my party, so I wrapped them in saran wrap in a 9 x 13 pan so they wouldn’t dry out. I ended up having some leftover and took them to a party 2 days later and they were still good to go!

Get creative! You can use almond bark, dark chocolate, or whatever as the melting part and really you could dip that in a slew of other things too, like crushed up peppermint, or crushed graham cracker for a s’mores take, etc.

Bonus: Kids love ’em!

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Have fun poppin’!

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Baked Pickles: The Perfect Birthday Party Appetizer

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Two words. Fried. Pickles.
I’ve only discovered these within the last few years but, while pretty much any food tastes good fried, pickles are exceptional!
When I host a party I love to make snacks. And no matter how much food I make its usually gone by morning. If there’s still some leftover that’s just a bonus!
This year I went some of the usuals, like Amy Sedaris’s Lil Smoky Cheese Ball, which always blows everyone away. But I wanted to try something new. Insert “Fried” pickles. These babies were actually baked, not fried, but delicious none the less!

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Recipe adapted from Shrinking Kitchen.

Ingredients

Pickles (You can either use the kind already cut into slices or cut up some whole dill pickles. I cut up whole pickles so the slices would be nice and thick.)

1 cup Italian –style panko crumbs

Few sprigs of fresh dill (optional)

1 egg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. If using whole pickles, cut to bite-size.
  3. Mix the dill with the panko crumbs in a bowl.
  4. Beat the egg in a separate bowl. You’ve successfully made a pickle makin’ station!
  5. First dip the pickle in the egg, then roll around in the breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Put each pickle round on a foil-covered baking sheet, about an inch or two apart.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes, flip. Bake 7 minutes more. Broil for one minute (but make sure they don’t burn!)
  8. You can serve with ranch dressing, or if you’re feeling spicy, try this chipotle mayo I used.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

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