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Marshamallow Christmas Trees

Updated: Jan 18



This is the result of going super meta-: coming up with something new & awesome!


I wanted to make a Holiday edition flower pot cake as I mentioned in the Going Super Meta- Holiday Edition post.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/going-super-meta-can-i-make-a-holiday-edition-edible-flower-pot


Here I describe the steps/instructions and give some tips for how to make a Marshmallow Christmas tree yourself.






There are 3 elements to make a marshmallow Christmas tree as in the photo.

- Marshmallow Christmas tree

- potting soil

- flower pot (edible ice cube chocolate cup).


I will discuss the flower pot briefly in this post, but I describe it in detail in the "Can I Make Edible Ice Cube Chocolate Cups?" post.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/can-i-make-edible-ice-cube-chocolate-cups


The simplest version would be just to make the Marshmallow Christmas tree and lay it flat on a table and not worry about the potting soil or flower pot.


Alternatively, instead of making & putting it in a flower pot / chocolate cup, you could just put in a plastic cup or glass.


To do all 3 elements, you need:

- 35 mini-Marshmallows (I used mini-marshmallows)

- Fresh rosemary (pines on a pine tree)

- 1/3 of a pretzel rod (tree stem/trunk)

- Cooking spray

- Chocolate cake or chocolate cupcake

- Chocolate frosting

- Popsicle sticks/Lollipop sticks



Equipment: Microwave, Oven, Plate, Baking Sheet, Parchment Paper, Offset spatula (or maybe a butterknife will work), muffin pan and a few bowls


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Marshmallow Christmas tree


The Marshmallow Christmas tree in the photo above is made of: marshmallows (obviously), fresh rosemary and a pretzel rod for the tree stem.

- You could leave out the rosemary if you want.

- I have not tried it yet, but you could try to add sprinkles to the marshmallows for some decorations on the tree. I thought sprinkles might make the marshmallow to heavy and it might fall apart though.


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As I mentioned in the This was inspired by the Tasty YouTube video, "Can This Chef Make Marshmallows Fancy?" This is not the main part of the video, but during one part of it, she takes some marshmallows microwaves them, spreads them on a baking sheet and then bakes them. It makes a hardened marshmallow crisp, which she puts in the dessert. I had a Eureka! moment when I saw this video -- that was how I could incorporate the rosemary to make a Christmas tree: use the melted marshmallows as my canvas and add in the rosemary and bake it all together, so it hardens.

I had actually bought a ton of marshmallows mostly because they were so cheap and it was funny, it looked like a pillow. I took a picture And funny thing in this video, Rie, the producer/chef says "I wish this marshmallow was my pillow." Haha. :) Before I saw that I had already taken a picture of the marshmallows as a pillow. Haha. :)









Ingredients:

- 35 mini-Marshmallows (I used mini-marshmallows)

- Fresh rosemary (pines on a pine tree)

- 1/3 of a pretzel rod (tree stem/trunk)

- Cooking spray


Equipment: Microwave, Oven, Plate, Baking Sheet, Parchment Paper, Offset spatula (or maybe a butterknife will work)


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1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


2.) Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray


3.) Spray plate and offset spatula with cooking spray.


4.) Take some fresh rosemary and cut it into smaller pieces.

-- These are the pines on your pine tree. You need more fresh rosemary than you think. The marshmallow will expand in the oven.


4.) Put 35 mini-marshmallows on one-half of a plate.

-- You are going to transfer them and put them on the baking sheet; it's easier if the marshmallows are all melted next to each other rather than spread out.






5.) Wait until the oven is at 375 degrees before microwaving the marshmallows for 30 seconds. They will be fluffy and soft.


6.) Transfer the marshmallows to the baking sheet with the offset spatula.


7.) Shape the marshmallow into your Christmas tree (essentially a triangle) using the offset spatula and your hands. You have to work kind of fast to shape the Christmas tree and add the rosemary and pretzel rod as the marshmallows will begin to harden at room temperature.




8.) Add the 1/3 of a pretzel rod to the bottom of the Christmas tree -- leave it about 1 inch into the marshmallow and with a 2-inch stem/trunk off of the marshmallow.

-- The marshmallow expands in the oven, so the tree stem/trunk will actually be only about 1 inch tall.


9.) Press rosemary pieces into the marshmallow. Put more than you think will fit and cluster them next to each other. The marshmallow will expand in the oven (as I mentioned a couple times, haha. :)) so they won't be right next to each other after baking.




10.) Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

-- If you bake it shorter, it won't be sturdy enough to stand up.

-- The first photo above is actually at 350 degrees at 9 minutes. I put it as the thumbnail because I took that picture with some cookies too and it looked nice.

-- I tried out different times and saw different results. The ones baked at 375 degrees or 400 degrees were sturdier and have lasted 7+ days. I liked the caramel-y color of the ones baked at 375 degrees vs. 400 degrees. That's why I recommend 375 degrees in the steps/instructions. You can see different times/temps and different results below at the end of this section. And you can experiment yourself. :) It may be different than for your oven.


11.) When it comes out of the oven, it will soft and gooey. It is kind of an irregular shape, which you can leave if you want. You can also shape it into a better Christmas tree (triangle). With gloves on, use the offset spatula to shape the edges into a better triangle.





12.) Allow it to harden for >1 hour. I would just leave it for several hours and go do something else.

-- You can just pick it up by the tree stem/trunk (pretzel rod) and it will slide off. :)








350 degrees for 9 min. 375 degrees for 8 min. 400 degrees for 8 min.



Potting Soil


Ingredients:

- Chocolate cake or chocolate cupcake

- Chocolate frosting


You are making a cake pop mixture (cake + frosting).


1.) Make a chocolate cake or buy a chocolate cake/cupcake


2.) Crumble cake with your fingers.


3.) Add some frosting. For this small bowl of cake, which only made enough soil for 1 Christmas tree, I added 2 teaspoons or a little more to the crumbled cake.

-- It is more moist than what you might want for a cake pop. You need the extra frosting for support in the soil (when it hardens).


It really looks like potting soil, doesn't it? :)







Flower Pot (Edible Ice Cube Chocolate Cup)


Details are in the post, but basically you making an ice popsicle/mold with a muffin pan and then you dip your ice mold into liquid melted chocolate. Then, it hardens up to make a chocolate cup.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/going-super-meta-can-i-make-a-holiday-edition-edible-flower-pot




Putting it all together: Marshmallow Christmas tree + Potting Soil + Flower Pot


1.) Put your chocolate cup down.


2.) With one hand stand the Christmas tree up in the cup and hold it steady. With your other hand, fill the chocolate cup with potting soil.


Tip: How to put soil in the cup to help the tree stand up

- Heap a lot more soil on the back of the tree and in the center of the cup.

- Also heap more soil in the front of the center of the cup. This is to help the tree stem/trunk stay in place.

- Press the soil firmly into place.


That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this! Some larger photos are after this row of photos.









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