S’mores Popcorn Balls

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I love having kids as an excuse a reason to make fun snacks I probably wouldn’t make just for myself…actually I would make these!

My eldest, Yasmeen, loves s’mores and a good friend of mine gave her a s’mores kit as a gift. Hmmmm probably should’ve taken a picture of that before I dismantled it 😳

I used the graham crackers and chocolate from the kit and used my own marshmallows (halal).

Using 10 cups of air popped popcorn, Yasmeen broke the graham crackers into pieces, and a cup of marshmallows, we tossed it all together in a greased roasting pan. Because we didn’t have mini marshmallows, we tore them into bite size pieces.

The rest of the 250g package of marshmallows went in a pan with a 1/4 cup of butter to melt over a medium-low heat until it was all smooth. Off the heat and in goes 1 tsp of vanilla.

As soon as the vanilla is blended, pour the marshmallow goop over the popcorn mixture and coat with a greased spatula.

At this point I started the double boiler and put the chocolate (2 oz) in to melt while Yasmeen and I shaped the popcorn into balls…about a 1/2 cup for each ball.

We placed the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the chocolate was melted, I drizzled the melted chocolate on each ball with a fork. Placing the tray in the fridge for about 10 minutes allowed the chocolate to set before turning the balls and doing the other side.

Wow! These were amazing! Perfect snack for a movie night ☺

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Until next time, keep it creative!

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The Bachelorette Finale Cupcakes

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Who got the final rose???

With the much anticipated final episode of The Bachelorette on Monday night, the cousins planned a finale party. I offered to bring dessert of course!

I made chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate frosting. I dipped the edges in red decorations sugar to give it a little bling factor.

For the roses I used watermelon Fruit Taffy. I sprinkled some sugar on my rolling surface because taffy is super sticky. I rolled out the taffy into rectangles and using my pizza slicer I cut a strip about 1/4″. The rest I cut into squares.

Rolling the strip up and pinching the bottom created the centre of the rose. Then taking the squares and pinching the two bottom corners together, I created the petals. I just attached them around the centre of the rose. I had to do a little fanning out of the petals. Placing parchment paper on a baking sheet, I put the roses in the fridge…taffy and humidity is a bad combination!

The tootsie rolls I rolled out and again with me handy dandy pizza slicer I cut out leaves…making sure I scored them down the middle with my slicer. Tootsie rolls stand up a little better in the humidity…but just a little.

I attached two leaves to the bottom of each rose and kept it all in the fridge until I was ready to serve my cupcakes.

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I will warn you that if they’re left out for a while and it’s warm, you will have a taffy meltdown and the roses will slide right off your cupcakes!

As for The Bachelorette, I will keep those detailed opinions to myself; however, I believe my cupcakes were a hit which made up for the miss the finale ended up being!

Keep it creative!