Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Marshmallow Love Bugs by The Decorated Cookie!

Today we've got a special guest star - the always amazing Meaghan from the decorated cookie.  We've been collaborating on themes our blogs can share & this week we're doing Love Bugs! Yesterday I posted my Love Bug Outfit tutorial, but since she's the treat expert, she's made this tasty tutorial for us.  Read on to find out more:

Hi everybody! It's Meaghan from the decorated cookie. I'm so happy to be back visiting at Sew Can Do! Cheryl and I had such fun with our two versions of gingerbread houses at Christmas, we had to revisit the sweet vs. sewn for Valentine's Day. As I lack Cheryl's amazing skill with needle and thread, I of course got the sweet side of our love bug theme. So I made marshmallow love bugs! Aw, that guy up there looks lonely. Here, I'll give him a friend. 

These are very easy to make, even with all those little parts. Assuming these might be made for little hands, I used dried spaghetti to attach the antennae and wings, just to keep things technically edible. But I'd probably suggest not crunching on the spaghetti. Or take off the antennae and wings all together for very small children.  These marshmallows will still be love buggy without them.

how to make marshmallow love bugs

you will need:*
lollipop sticks
pink sprinkles 
mini heart cookie cutter
mini gumdrops
large gumdrops
heart confetti sprinkles
black edible marker
wax paper
rolling pin
styrofoam block 
light corn syrup

*I know the list above seems long, but most things you probably have in the kitchen already. Find the sprinkles, heart cutter (use a small heart, no more than an inch, this may be part of a fondant cutter set), confetti sprinkles, edible marker, lollipop sticks and Styrofoam block at the craft store. If you can't find heart confetti sprinkles, circles will work for the eyes. Just omit the heart on his chest.

what to do:
Slide two marshmallows (or three) on a lollipop stick. It helps immensely if you grease the lollipop stick first with shortening. Fill a deep bowl or cup with water. Dip the marshmallows in and remove quickly, dabbing excess water on a paper towel. Hold the wet marshmallows over a bowl or plate and sprinkle generously to coat with the sprinkles. Rest the stick of marshmallows on a piece of wax paper.
 Use the marker to add two black dots to two white heart sprinkles. Use a toothpick to dab dots of corn syrup on the back of the eyes to adhere to the marshmallows. Add a red heart sprinkle to the lower marshmallow. Let the marshmallows lay on the wax paper until the eyes and heart set.
Cut two mini gum drops in half horizontally with a sharp knife. Use a small piece of dried spaghetti, about 1-inch long, to skewer the top half of the gum drop and attach to the top of the bug's head. Roll a large gumdrop with a rolling pin on a surface dusted generously with granulated sugar. Roll about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out two mini hearts. Skewer the hearts with another small piece of dried spaghetti and attach to the bug's body for wings. Prop in a Sytrofoam block to fully dry.

Thank you to Cheryl and everyone for allowing me to visit and indulging in the sweet side! 
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you and your love bugs,

Thanks so much Meaghan!  Tasty & cute.  This treat is definitely Love Bug approved:

1 comment:

  1. That looks really tasty! Those illustrations are fantastic as well!

    I'm going to go eat some marshmallows now.


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