It’s the middle of winter, and it may be that S’mores are the furthest thing from your mind. Although, if you’re in one of the freezing-cold states, you may actually be dreaming of warm summer days around a campfire. I’m not fond of S’mores myself, but of course, my kids love them whether we make them in the summer around a campfire or in the toaster oven with graham crackers wrapped in foil, but marshmallows offer so much more than just a layer of stickiness! Here are some of my favorite ways to use them:
Marshmallows are a big hit in our home around the holidays. Not only do we add them to hot chocolate, but in addition to Christmas cookies, we always make Rice Krispy Treats (with extra marshmallows). But my favorite marshmallow-laden recipes are fudge and fruit salad (they balance each other out, right?).
Beyond Food: Marshmallows for Craft Projects
These fluffy balls of sugar aren’t just good to eat; they’re the perfect addition to winter craft projects. Whether you’re making Santa faces on paper plates and use mini ones to create his beard or you’re creating a painted 3-D Christmas tree and use colored or dyed ones as baubles, marshmallows are versatile and fun (and yes, sticky, so keep a few baby wipes close by when doing crafts with your kids).
Best of Both Worlds: Marshmallow Craft Projects You Can Eat
While you can’t eat them if you glue them to craft projects (or you really shouldn’t) there are a number of creative, crafty edible projects you can make with them. Yes, that’s right…edible marshmallow crafts. My favorite:
What you’ll need: small wooden skewers, nutella, three large marshmallows, and fruit by the foot.
How to create your marshmallow snowman:
- Slide three large marshmallows onto the skewer, spreading Nutella between each marshmallow to hold them together.
- Stretch your fruit by the foot into thin strips. Use a strip for the scarf and another strip to create a band for the hat.
- Use dots of Nutella to create the eyes, nose and mouth (you can use a toothpick to apply the dots). You can also add arms and buttons, or use pretzel sticks for arms.
- Admire your work, then eat it! (Always help small children remove the marshmallows from the skewer).
If your kids are too young to safely use skewers, you can easily replace them with candy canes or lollipop sticks.
What is your favorite way to use marshmallows?