goldfish marshmallow pops

I mentioned last Wednesday that it was my little Abby’s sixth birthday, and we threw her an awesome birthday bash this last weekend! She is obsessed with mermaids and pirates, and wanted to make them the theme of her party. We invited all the kids from her class and some friends from the neighborhood, and had a great time! I’m excited to share some of our fun party ideas with you this week. First up, these amazingly adorable marshmallow pops. I saw them on Pinterest almost a year ago, when I had no thoughts about a mermaid party, and saved them just because they were so darned cute! When I was putting together the party I showed the picture to Geoff, and he said it was a necessity that I make them. They were surprisingly quick and easy to make (much, much easier than cake pops!) and made quite a splash (har har) at the party.

They’re pretty self-explanatory, but here are a few little tips I learned. First, try not to use super powdery marshmallows. I’ve never had that problem before, but for whatever reason the bag I bought was super powdery, and it made it harder for the candy melts to attach. Second, be patient. Let as much excess candy drip off as possible. Mine dripped pretty slowly and it got a little tedious, but I think they were much better looking when I let as much candy drip as possible. Third, if you have a clean pair of tweezers, they could be really helpful in applying the little pearl sprinkles. I didn’t have any, and made a big mess trying to put the tiny little things on.

I hope you have as much fun making them as I did!

Goldfish Marshmallow Pops
inspired by See Vanessa Craft

1/2 – 2/3 bag blue candy melts (I used these ones)
24 marshmallows
24 lollipop sticks (I used these ones)
2/3 cup crushed graham crackers
24 goldfish crackers
48 pearl sprinkles (I used these ones)

To melt the candy, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir, then microwave at 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring in between each interval, until melted. Push a lollipop stick into the center of a marshmallow, then dip it into the melted candy. Use a spoon to help coat the entire marshmallow. Let the excess candy drip back into the bowl until only a thin coating remains. Dip just the bottom into the graham crackers, and place stick-side up on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Add a goldfish cracker and two sprinkles for bubbles. Repeat with remaining marshmallows. (I found it helpful to just remove a few at a time from the bag to prevent them from getting stale.)

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