This is my first post on my blog and I’m so excited!!! I can scream right now! I’ve done this project before using all red and green Christmas colors, but I wanted to use pink and rainbow candy this time, and I have to say, the trees came out amazing…It’s a pink and rainbow Christmas!
The marshmallow tree is made of marshmallow pops dipped in white and pink chocolate creating a marble effect.
The rainbow tree is gummy candy on toothpicks.
This is a great project to do with the kids or as a family. It takes a few hours but it’s all worth it!
This is what you will need:
- Styrofoam cones – make sure they are wrapped up in plastic (from your local craft shop)
- Marshmallows – 3 bags (10 oz. each)
- White and pink candy melting chips – I used 2 bags of white and 1 bag of pink 12 oz. each)
- Pink sanding sugar
- Several types of gummy candy in different colors-I used rainbow ribbon, lips, sticks, loops and gumdrops
- A big box of toothpicks –about 200
- 1-2 sandwich bags
- A Styrofoam block for marshmallow pops to dry
Marshmallow Tree Instructions
To prepare marshmallows:
- Cut off the bottom corners of cone plastic wrap for stability. Keep the plastic on the cone and wipe clean. This way you don’t get any Styrofoam on the marshmallows and they are still edible.
- Melt 1 bag of white chocolate or candy chips according to its instructions. Pour on a large glass bowl. Make sure to have about ½ inch of melted candy on the bowl.
- In a separate glass container, melt pink candy
- Put a sandwich bag inside a mug and pour in melted pink candy. Close the bag and cut off a corner about 1/8th of an inch. You will use it as a pastry bag.
- Pour a spiral of pink candy over the melted white chocolate.
- Insert a pick in the middle of the marshmallow almost touching the other end.
- Dip the top of the marshmallow in an area with both colors and swirl it a bit.
- Don’t tap it. Shake the excess a little bit, ]sprinkle sugar on top and insert on the foam block to dry for a few hours or overnight.
- It’s okay if the chocolate drizzles down the sides.
- You can add more white and pink chocolate as it runs out.
- You may reheat it, but don’t mix it to keep the marble effect.
To assemble the tree:
- For the 2’ cone you will need about 95 marshmallows
- Insert a marshmallow on top of the cone
- Start inserting marshmallows going around the cone in rows from the top down. Place them as close to each other as possible so you don’t leave any spaces in between
- Make sure to insert the pick at a slight angle going down and not straight, so it holds the weight of the marshmallow
- You will need to push each one with the back of a metal spoon putting pressure on the entire marshmallow top so it doesn’t crack. If you use your fingers and squeeze the sides the candy may crack.
- Keep going around until you cover the entire cone
Rainbow Gummies Tree Instructions
- Cut off the bottom corners of cone plastic wrap for stability. Keep the plastic on the cone and wipe clean. This way you don’t get any Styrofoam on the candy and the candy is still edible.
- Break the picks in half and insert on gummies.
- Insert large pieces of candy that can stand up on top of the cone. I used 2 gummy lips and filled the rest of the space in with smaller pieces.
- From the top down start inserting the large candy first on any area and fill in with smaller candy. You can cut smaller pieces with scissors or knife if needed.
- For stubborn pieces, push back with the back of a spoon.
- Continue until you cover the entire tree.
This was such a fun project. Think of all the possibilities, colors, sprinkles and shapes you can use. It would look amazing if you can use mints or bon-bons. Since it would be very difficult to attach real hard candy, if you are pretty good with fondant, you can make your own fondant bon-bons. The trees can be centerpieces or, if smaller, cake toppers.
I would love to see pictures if you make these. Don’t forget to send me your comments and pictures and let’s live the cake life!!!!