RECIPE #472, DAY #652
ORIGINAL RECIPE: Various places on Pinterest*
TIMING: Maybe an hour, including time to cool between steps
DIFFICULTY: I find candy melts quite difficult to work with
TOOLS: A microwave, double-boiler, or candy melt melter, lollipop sticks, wax paper, and Styrofoam or lollipop holder
COOK TYPE: Either microwave, stovetop, or candy melt melter
HEALTH: Not. At. All. One of the reasons these have only 2 stars is that they are completely and utterly made of sugar, and much (or even all) of it cheap and processed. You could get high-grade marshmallows, but I have yet to discover a way to home-make candy melts (or melted candy, as it were). Candy melts are sugar, sure, but also stabilizers, fillers, and artificial colors and flavors.
EXPERIENCE: I may never cease to have issues with candy melts. In theory, they are specially made for ease, but I always manage to seize them and I have never been able to get them thin enough to properly coat a pop of any sort. In the end, I was so busy finishing up the Styrofoam holder for these, I convinced my daughter to do all the dipping. She did a better job than I would have.
Still, watching videos of bakers dipping into runny candy melt after doing exactly what you always do, is pretty frustrating. It makes me wonder if the melts where I buy them are always old, or something…
NOTES: I suggest using the Wilton electric candy melter with your Wilton Candy Melts, but you can also use a microwave… or even a double boiler. You can save thick melted candy by add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening, but this only works to a point. You might want to over-buy the melts, in case it all goes south.
I never did get the candy marker to work, so I had to go with icing with a thin tip, which was not ideal. I wish you more luck.
- Melt 1 package yellow Candy Melts according to package directions. I like to use the Wilton electric melter. Meanwhile, cut 15 mini marshmallows in half like a hamburger bun and jab a lollipop stick into the bottom of 30 jumbo marshmallows, as far as you can without going through the top.
- When the candy has melted properly, use a small spoon to put a dollop on the top of each jumbo marshmallow and affix a mini marshmallow half. Let cool completely.
- Re-melt candy, if needed, adding up to 1 more bag yellow Candy Melts. When nice and runny, dip LEGO heads into the candy. Tap on the side of your bowl to get rid of excess drips. Press the sticks into Styrofoam or lollipop holder and allow to cool completely, again.
- Use a black food marker or other very thin black icing to paint LEGO inspired faces on the heads.
Serve with a bunch of soon-to-be rowdy, party-going kids. Some centering protein and a stack of veggies would be a great idea.
LEFTOVER IDEAS: You can just keep these in a container and eat them for about a week. Maybe even a bit longer.
*Recipe changed from the original.