Marshmallow Pretzel Menorah
Updated: Jan 18, 2020
Another awesome art project to come out of going super meta-. For my Jewish friends, I came up with a Marshmallow Pretzel Menorah. :)
I used similar technique as in the Marshmallow Christmas tree -- microwaving the marshmallows to fluff and then baking them.
Constructing a menorah is a more complicated design. I built it in pieces and then attached them together.
One new thing I did was to use small "batches of glue" -- microwave small batches of marshmallows (15 or 20 at a time) -- as I was constructing the menorah to make each piece and attach them together. This is instead of microwaving a big batch of marshmallows at once and then trying to use it as glue. I didn't do this because the marshmallows lose some of their adherence capabilities after a few seconds at room temperature after being microwaved and becoming fluffy. (In constructing the Marshmallow Christmas Tree there was only one batch of marshmallows that made up the tree and similarly for the Marshmallow Pretzel Wreath, there was only one batch of marshmallows.)
I used a combination of red, orange, yellowish-white (Cherry, Orange, and Pineapple) LifeSavers to make the flames. How cool is that? I also made a blue Star of David out of blue Jolly Ranchers, but it was too big in proportion to the menorah, so I left it off. These photos are near the end of the post. My first attempt is at the bottom of the post where I had the ambitious attempt to construct a menorah that could actually stand up on its own. :) But my materials -- pretzel rods -- are round on the bottom, so this is extremely challenging from an architectural point of view. I went back to the 2-D version and that is the instructions/steps given below. :)
- ~100 mini-Marshmallows (I used mini-marshmallows)
- 6 or 7 pretzel rods
- Cooking spray
Equipment: Microwave, Oven, Plate, Baking Sheet, Parchment Paper or foil, Offset spatula (or maybe a butterknife will work)
Optional - Flames: Cherry, Orange, and Pineapple Life Savers and melted white chocolate to glue them onto the menorah.
Optional - Star of David: Blue Jolly Ranchers
Optional equipment: Hammer (or something to crush hard candy with); Silicone tray / mold
I made what I'll call the horizontal candle rod first by attaching 2 whole pretzel rods together.
Then I took pieces of pretzel rods to make the 9 candles (8 shorter candles and 1 longer candle in the middle. I turned the horizontal candle rod pieces on their side and placed the candles on a silicone mold, so that there would be some space and it would keep them in the middle.
Then I built the candle stand by gluing 2 half-pretzel rods together and then finally I attached one ~2/3 pretzel rod as the base.
To make and attach each piece to each other, I used a small "batch of glue" -- 15-20 fluffy marshmallows as glue.
1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.) Cover baking sheet with parchment paper / foil and spray with cooking spray.
3.) Get your pretzel rods and break them apart if necessary to form the parts of the menorah and the candles and arrange them on the baking sheet.
-- Horizontal candle rod: 2 whole pretzel rods
-- 9 Candles: 8 shorter pieces (~1/4 to 1/3 of a pretzel rod) and 1 longer candle (~1/2 candle rod)
-- Candle stand: two ~1/2 pretzel rods
-- Base of the candle stand: ~2/3 pretzel rod
4.) Take them off the baking sheet.
5.) Place a silicone mold / oven-safe plate on half of the baking sheet (or even a lot of foil shaped into a rectangle)
-- The purpose of putting the silicone mold on the baking sheet is so that there will be some space and keep the candles in the middle of the horizontal candle rod.
6.) Place 2 whole pretzel rods on the baking sheet
7.) Spray plate and offset spatula with cooking spray.
8.) Make a "batch of glue": 15-20 marshmallows
8a.) Put 15-20 marshmallows on one-half of the plate.
-- You are going to transfer them onto the pretzels on the baking sheet; it's easier to spread if you put all the marshmallows next to each other.
8b.) Microwave 15-20 mini-marshmallows for 20 seconds -- until they are fluffy and sticky.
9.) Use the offset spatula / butterknife and your hands to spread the marshmallow fluff in between the two pretzel rods.
10.) Make another "batch of glue" and use it to add additional glue on the other side of the 2 pretzel rods.
11.) Attach your candles. You have to work fast to add the candles while the marshmallows are still sticky.
** You may need to add another "batch of glue" for more reinforcement so the candles stick to the horizontal candle rod.
** Also, If you think you need more reinforcement at any time, make another "batch of glue" and use it to add more support.
Photos: You can see in the photo on the right that I actually turned the rods (horizontal candle rod) and stuck the candles in upright and then turned it back on to its side for baking (2nd row of photos in this section).
I turned it back on its side for baking and I added another "batch of glue" for reinforcement.
12.) Place the stand (2 1/2 pretzels) and the "base" (1 1/2-2/3 pretzel rod) on the baking sheet. (See photo on the right above.)
13.) Add "batch of glue" (may need more than one) to attach the pretzels together.
** You especially need to add "glue" at the corners where the pieces come together.
14.) Bake at 375 degrees for 12-13 min. or until it is light brown/carmel-y color.
15.) When it comes out of the oven, if things are slightly wonky, the hot melted marshmallow is still malleable, so you can carefully move things around to make it a better shape.
16.) Set it aside to harden -- for at least 30 min.-1 hour.
17.) Slide it off and display your art piece!
How cool is that? Give it a try! We are good at this!
Optional - Flames:
I used a similar technique to make the flames as I did to make the green holly leaves on the
Marshmallow Pretzel wreath. I crushed and melted Life Savers and then attached them using melted white chocolate as glue. The cool thing here was that I used 3 different flavors (Cherry, Orange and Pineapple) of Life Savers to give the flames a variety of colors.
Optional - Holly Leaves:
- Cherry, Orange and Pineapple Life Savers
- 5-8 white chocolate wafers (to glue your flames onto the menorah )
- cooking spray
Equipment: Microwave, Oven, small piece of parchment paper or silicone mold, pencil, hammer (or something to crush Life Savers), Ziploc bag, baking sheet, bowl, knife
1.) Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2.) Spray parchment paper or silicone mold with cooking spray.
3.) Crush Life Savers with hammer in Ziploc bag. It's super fun and the only thing I use my hammer for! Haha. :)
4.) Use your hands to shape small amounts of the crushed Life Savers to into 8 little flames and 1 bigger flame (middle candle).
I did this in a silicone mold, but you can do it on a parchment paper or foil. A silicone mold makes it easy because you know the hard candy will pop off easily, but it works on parchment paper and foil too.
6.) Bake for ~6-8 minutes -- or until they meld together and appear semi-solid/liquid-y.
7.) Take them out of the oven and allow it to harden - 5 to 10 min.
8.) In the meantime, take 5-8 white chocolate wafers and melt them in the microwave on the defrost/50% power setting for one 30-second interval, then 15-second intervals (if needed).
9.) Use your butterknife and spread white chocolate on the menorah and on the back of each flame and then place each flame on the menorah.
10.) Set aside and allow to hard for at least 30 min.
11.) Display your artwork!
How badass is this? Give it a try! We are good at this!
Optional - Star of David:
It is similar to making the flames, except I used blue Jolly Ranchers. I shaped them into a star before baking, but then it became a blob when it came out of the oven because there was no mold to keep it in place. I should have realized this, haha. :) No problem. Right after it came out of the oven (you have to work fast - around 5-10 seconds after it comes out of the oven, while it's still hot and liquid-y), I used the offset spatula to shape it into a star. However, as I mentioned above, it was too big compared to the rest of the menorah, so I left it off.
Trial & Error - Fail / First Attempt:
I tried to make a menorah that would stand up on its own! That's why there are so many more pretzels and marshmallows for support. But as I mentioned above, my materials -- pretzel rods -- are round on the bottom, so this is extremely challenging from an architectural point of view. Haha. :)