Marshmallow Santa Treats

One of the things we love about Disneyland is all the yummy treats they have.  Our favorite place to get something sweet is Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country.  One of our friends suggested we try a tigger tail on our recent trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, and boy were we glad we did!

These little treats had layers of marshmallow, caramel, white, chocolate, and sugar sprinkles.  They were so yummy, but at $5 each, I just couldn’t buy more than one.  I promised the kids that we would try to make our own at home.  I thought it would be cute to give them a holiday twist, so we made them into Santa treats instead.  Want to make a few of your own?  Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 bag regular sized marshmallows
  • 1 bag Kraft caramel bits
  • Vanilla flavored Candy Quik or white chocolate
  • Red sprinkles
  • Sucker sticks
  • A handful of chocolate chips
  • Yellow food coloring

Start by skewering your marshmallows on your sucker sticks.  I used 3 marshmallows per stick.

Pour your caramel bits into a medium sized pan and add 2 tablespoons of water.  Heat on a medium-low setting, stirring constantly until smooth.  Once your caramel is completely melted, spoon it over the marshmallow sticks.

Make sure your marshmallows are completely covered, and tap the stick gently against the side of the pan.  Remove as much of the caramel as you can by tapping the stick against the side of the pan.  This will give you less of a caramel “pool” under your treat.  Try not to wipe the marshmallows with the spoon.  The hot caramel tends to melt the marshmallow a bit, and you want to coat them with caramel without smearing marshmallow everywhere.

You may have to return your caramel to the heat for a few minutes every so often.  I’ve found that after a few minutes the caramel starts to set and becomes tricky to work with.  A return to the stove (on low) makes the caramel easier to work with.  Once you’ve coated your stick, place it on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  When you’ve got all your marshmallow sticks dipped, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to set the caramel.

Melt your Candy Quik (or white chocolate) according to the directions on the package.  Dip your frozen caramel marshmallows into the white chocolate and return them to the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with red sugar sprinkles while the white chocolate is still wet.  Return to the freezer for 10 minutes.

Melt a few chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag and snip off the tip.  Draw belts and buttons on your Santa treats.

For the belt buckles, I added a little yellow food coloring to my Candy Quik.  I put the yellow candy melt in a Ziploc bag and snipped off the tip.  Then I piped on a belt buckle.  These were so easy and fun.  The kids absolutely love them, and I probably spent $5 total to make all of them.  (I already had the sucker sticks.)

Be careful.  These little guys are sugary and rich!  Enjoy!