Wednesday, September 14, 2011

S'mores Pops and Mini-S'mores Pops

S'mores, in my mind, have always been one of the most special perks of camping.  I haven't been camping in several years (although hope to change that soon), yet I often find myself daydreaming of their ooey gooey chocolately goodness in the late summer and early fall when the air gets a bit cooler at night and the smell of a fire burning in a nearby fireplace or backyard firepit comes my way. 

That was all it took on a recent late summer night to inspire me to make these again.  They're not only delicious, but also incredibly cute, no camping is required, and they're 100% less messy than the original.  And don't say I didn't warn you, but they're also impossible to resist! 

I have a feeling these will be popping up at many toddler birthday parties and get-togethers in my future...hence, the Mini-S'mores Pops.  Couldn't let all that extra chocolate to go to waste, so I put the mini-marshmallows to work and the result was a perfect little bite-sized treat for even the littlest of people. 

S'mores Pops and Mini-S'mores Pops
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1 (10 oz.) bag large marshmallows
1 (10.5 oz) bag mini-marshmallows
2 (10 oz.) containers chocolate candy melts (such as Wilton Candy Dips, Light Cocoa) OR 2 (12 oz.) bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips
9 large honey graham crackers
35 count bag 6-inch lollipop sticks (available at craft stores in cake decorating aisle)

1.     Twist the lollipop sticks into the flat end of the large marshmallows until they’re just about to pop through the other end.  For the mini-pops, stack 2 mini-marshmallows on top of one another and stick a toothpick through the flat end of one of the bottom one until the toothpick almost pops through the other end.
2.     Put the graham crackers in a strong zip-locking bag and use a rolling pin (or the flat side of a meat tenderizer) to crush them to finely ground crumbs.  Leave a few slightly larger chunks if you want more texture.  Set them aside in a small bowl.
3.     Melt one container of the chocolate candy dips in the microwave according to the directions on the container, or melt one 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 seconds intervals (stirring in between) until melted smooth.  Be careful not to overheat the chocolate in the microwave.  *A double boiler would work as well. 
4.     Gently dip the marshmallows in the melted chocolate until completely covered (melt the second container of candy dips or chocolate chips in the microwave only once you run out of the first one).  Immediately roll the sides and top of the marshmallow in the graham cracker crumbs.  Lay the pops on wax paper to cool and dry.

S'mores Pops
Mini-S'mores Pops

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