Thursday, December 1, 2016
My hot mug of cocoa has become kind of famous in my inner circle. When I had a friend over she said "I had a dream about your hot chocolate last night!" Heh heh. Part of the appeal is these little guys...
Here's what you'll need:
Bag of marshmallows
Orange candy melts
Candy melts in the color of your choice for the earmuffs
Wilton Food Writer Edible Color Markers (for the black marker)
A few toothpicks
Warm the earmuff candy melts according to package instruction and put in a little snack bag when it's squeezeable.
Cut a teeny tip off of the corner to use as your piping bag.
Make a little earmuff (or Princess Leia bun if you please) on the side
Bring the piping over the top and repeat on the other side.
Just do all of the ones you want to be wearing earmuffs at once and let the piping harden for a few minutes.
Soften the orange candy melts for the snowman noses and cut off the corner of the bag for piping.
Pipe a little carrot on the face for the nose. (If anything gets clumpy, use a toothpick dipped in water to smooth it out)
In between noses, I keep the bag of candy melts in hot water with the tip out of the water to keep it pliable.
Grab your black food safe marker. (I used a few different brands and Wilton worked the best for me.)
Draw the eyes and mouth to look like coal.
Time to make the snowmen who prefer to let their ears get cold.
"Her-dee-der y'all!" (He looks drunk)
Allow them to socialize as they dry.
Look at those cute lil nubbins!
I just put mine in an airtight container and they lasted well into January.
I added a layer of wax paper for freshness and to make sure the green didn't rub off on the ones that didn't have muffs on.
If you want to throw together some fun hot cocoa gifts for co-workers, teachers or friends, get some of those disposable pastry bags. Add 3 tbsp of your favorite cocoa mix and seal it. (I used my Food Saver but you could get a cheaper version if you think you'll do a lot of these.)
I cut off the bottom of another bag where the cocoa would've gone and seal the bottom, slide in a filled Ghirardelli square and 3 snowmen and put it in the top of the cocoa bag. (I keep them separate in case the seal on the cocoa breaks it doesn't make the snowmen look like they've crawled through a coal mine)
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