Our house is decorated but that is about it around here. We’ve been a bit “Bah, Humbug!” so far. We just have too much going on. Today, Evan is home sick for day #2 and I’m still in my pajamas so I didn’t have any really good excuses for not making something Christmasy. Evan wanted to make cookies but we have no eggs (I keep forgetting them…..how does one forget eggs the last 3 times I’ve gone to the store?) so I decided to make these cutie patootie reindeer pops. You see, I have eleventy billion marshmallows left from my Rice Krispies Treats for Toys so I could make them without much effort (and without eggs).
Evan decided I was on my own but I think these are easy enough for kids to help with.
First gather your reindeer pop ingredients. You will need:
One bag of light brown candy melts (Wilton or similar)
Candy eyes (or white and black frosting if you have a really steady hand)
Red mini M&Ms
Sucker sticks (you can buy these at Michaels)
Pretzel rods or broken pieces from pretzel twists
Wax paper to rest the final product on
Cake pop cellophane bags (optional, you can buy these at Michaels)
Next, melt the candy melts per the package instructions.
- Insert sucker stick in to the bottom of one marshmallow.
- Insert pretzel sticks into the top of the the same marshmallow to look like antlers. Make sure they are stuck really well.
- Spoon melted chocolate over the marshmallow, coating the entire marshmallow. Hold over the bowl and tap the stick on the lip of the bowl so excess chocolate will fall off.
- Let cool for a moment and then place the eyes and red nose on the front of the reindeer.
- Carefully place on wax paper face up to cool.
- Place in cellophane bags and tie with string or ribbon
These are all wrapped up to go to Evan’s school tomorrow. We have one for the principal, one for the admin assistant, one for the librarian, one for his Educational Assistant and one for his teacher. I love that they all look slightly different. Evan says my antlers need some work but I did the best I can. I had great hopes for big antlers but they aren’t that easy to get to stay on their heads.