sweet holiday treats

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There is something about this time of year that makes you want to be in the kitchen. We love to find new things to make with our kids and these holiday treats are so fun!

Snow Globe Cupcakes

Cupcakes are always a hit with kids and there are so many great ways to decorate them. This year we were inspired by Aww Sam’s  Holiday Snow Globe Cake and decided to make snow globe cupcakes. To create these cupcakes you can make (or buy) vanilla cupcakes and add shredded coconut to look like snow. Next, add holiday candy to the top. We found ours at Target and Michael’s. Once the cupcake is decorated add a mini acrylic cloche to make it look like a snow globe.

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Snowman Marshmallow Pop

One of our most popular holiday snacks are our variations on the marshmallow pop. Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, or even a festive kids’ party, marshmallow pops are always a fun and easy snack to make! Our little top hat clad snowmen are just as easy to make as our other marshmallow pops and are a tasty snack for the holidays.

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Supplies:

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Start by drawing the snowman face on each marshmallow. We use the black pen to make the coal eyes and mouth, and the orange pen to make the carrot nose.

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Place several candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir chocolate with a spoon several times. If the candy is not sufficiently melted you may need to heat the chocolate again for another 20-30 seconds. The key to making usr you don’t over cook the chocolate is to remove it from the microwave when you still have a few pieces of unmelted chocolate in the mixture. But staring the mixture well the chocolate will melt.

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To make the snowman’s hat, place a dollop of chocolate onto the bottom of a marshmallow and then place the marshmallow on top of the chocolate wafer.

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Once the chocolate used for the hat has cooled you can then place a dollop of melted chocolate on the bottom of the hat and place it on the top of the snowman’s head. One the chocolate has cooled completely you can then insert a straw through the base of the snowman’s head until it meets the hat.

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