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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chocolate and Snowman Desserts II

Frosty The Snowman… singing, oops! sorry! I have just loved that song ever since I was a kid and it is so popular for everyone. I remember after watching the movie, it made me want to make one of my own, to talk to and hopefully it will do what I saw in the movie. Don’t you?

Anyho, I have found cute delicious recipes you can decorate with snowman.

Check them out!

Chocolate snowman bowls

Chocolate Snowman Bowls

Do you like hot cocoa with marshmallows? We love it and for this, we have fallen in love with this fantastic (and very simple) idea of chocolate snowman bowl for the marshmallows.

Blow up a balloon in small size (one per snowman), spread a little butter on them and dip in melted white chocolate chips (microwave defrost function). Act fast and create a layer thick enough.

On a parchment lined baking sheet create a base for the snowman and place the balloon on it.

Melt the black and orange chocolate chips (not so much) with the same procedure as above, and draw the eyes, nose and mouth with a skewer. Put them in the freezer for at least half an hour.

To finish them, bring them out, separating the balloon a little sideways, pop it and you'll have a beautiful edible chocolate bowl!

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Snowman Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Ingredients:

12 mini cupcake liners

12 standard cupcake liners

1 (18 1/4-ounce box) chocolate cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions

24 3-ounce mini dark chocolate mint candy bars

1 (2 ounce) block dark chocolate colored fondant (ready-to-use rolled fondant, available in craft stores)

2 orange fruit chew candies

12 blue fruit chew candies

12 thin chocolate wafer cookies

1 (16 ounce) container white whipped frosting

1 tablespoon white edible glitter

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Line 12 mini and 12 standard muffin tin cups with cupcake liners.

Fill each mini cup 2/3 full with cupcake batter. Fill each standard cup 1/3 full; top each with one mini chocolate mint candy bar. Continue filling cup with batter to 2/3 full.

Bake mini cupcakes for 16 - 18 minutes and standard cupcakes for 24 - 26 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcakes comes out clean. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, roll out dark chocolate colored fondant lengthwise to 1/8-inch thick. Cut 8-inch x 3-inch rectangle; combine scraps and roll for second 8-inch x 3-inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle evenly into 6 strips and fringe ends of each, making 12 scarves. Roll remaining fondant into small balls for eyes and tiny balls for mouths. (Keep covered with plastic wrap to avoid drying and cracking.)

Cut and mold orange fruit chew candies into carrot shaped noses. Heat blue fruit chew candies in microwave for 3 to 5 seconds and roll out to 1/8-inch thick; cut into thin strips and create woven plaid pattern on each scarf.

Microwave wafer cookies 5 seconds and cut rounds using 1-inch biscuit cutter. Secure one mini chocolate mint candies to center of each round with frosting.

Frost cupcakes and sprinkle evenly with edible glitter.

To assemble each snowman, crisscross scarf and place loop over center of standard cupcake; top with mini cupcake, placed on side with iced top facing scarf. Make face by inserting eyes, nose, and mouth into frosted mini cupcake; top with hat.

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Banana Pancake Snowmen

Ingredients:

1 cup Hungry Jack® Buttermilk Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix (Just Add Water)

3/4 cup water

1/3 cup mashed banana (1 small)

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1 small banana, peeled, halved crosswise and sliced (to make mouth shape)

1 to 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

Preparation:

Combine pancake mix, water and mashed banana. Mix just until large lumps disappear.

Heat skillet over medium-high heat or griddle to 375ºF. Spray with no-stick cooking spray. Using about 1/4 cup of batter for each snowman, pour 2 pancakes, one slightly smaller than the other, onto the hot pan or griddle with sides touching to resemble a snowman. Cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. While cooking second side, place chocolate chips on surface to resemble eyes, nose, and buttons and a slice of banana for the mouth. Remove from griddle. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.

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Hot Chocolate Spoons

Supplies for Hot Chocolate Spoons:

Spoons, plastic work best

Chocolate chips, regular and mini chips

Marshmallows

Coconut, shredded and sweetened

Peanut butter chips

Butterscotch chips

Crushed candy canes

Wax paper

Plate

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Have your supplies out ready to go. Heat up your chocolate chips for spoon dipping first. Place a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Take it out and stir, then continue to heat it for 20 second intervals until melted.

Once your chocolate is melted, dip your spoon into the bowl. You’ll need to stir it around and turn it over to make sure you’ve got it all covered in chocolate. Then set the spoon onto a plate covered in wax paper.

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When you’ve got your spoons dipped, it’s time to decorate them. For the snowman, place 3 marshmallows in a line down the spoon. I topped one with a peanut butter chip for the hat and a flake of coconut for the scarf. Then two mini chocolate chips get a tiny dip of melted chocolate on the bottom of them before you place it on the top marshmallow for the eyes. Cute!

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We made a few different kinds of dipped spoons. One is dipped in melted peanut butter chips with mini chocolate chips all over. We call that one the “chocolate chip cookie” dipped spoon, and it is my favorite one dipped in hot chocolate! We also sprinkled coconut on one to look like snow. Melted mint chocolate with crushed peppermint on another, and a melted butterscotch chips spoon with drizzled chocolate on the top. Mmm, Mmm!

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Once you’ve got all your spoons dipped and decorated, let the chocolate harden again. It goes by pretty fast if you place your waxed plate in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes. Then they’re ready for dipping in hot cocoa, or even your hot milk. The snowman one was our favorite to dip. He went for a big swim in chocolate. He was going…

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going…

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gone!

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Now this is one tasty snowman! Have fun dipping your snowmen spoons in chocolate!

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Crunchy the Snowman

Ingredients:

Bag of 8-inch pretzel rods

1 cup white chocolate chips

Mini chocolate chips

Orange decorators' gel

Fruit leather (various colors)

Gummy rings

Gumdrops

Instructions:

To make a batch, melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler.

One at a time, dip one end of an 8-inch pretzel rod in the melted chocolate and use a plastic spoon or knife to spread the chocolate two thirds of the way down the rod.

Set the pretzels on a sheet of waxed paper and press on mini chocolate chips for

eyes and buttons. Use orange decorators' gel to add a carrot nose.

When the chocolate has hardened, stand the pretzels in a mug or glass and tie on strips of fruit leather for scarves. For each hat, stretch a gummy ring over the narrow end of a gumdrop and secure it on the pretzel rod with a dab of melted chocolate.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (and Snowman Soup Kits!)

Ingredients:

1 box of instant powdered milk (the size that makes 8 quarts)

1- 6 ounce jar powdered coffee creamer

1- 2 pound box Nestlé's Quick

1 pound powdered sugar

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in large container. Store in sealed container until ready to use.

To make hot cocoa, fill mug 1/3 full with mix and add hot water, stir.

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This is a popular and very thoughtful gift. If you’d rather not make homemade hot cocoa mix, the idea works just as well with an individual packet of store bought hot cocoa mix!

To make Snowman Soup, place 1/3 Cup mix into sealed bag (or an envelope of store bought mix) and package with a small candy cane, ten miniature marshmallows, two chocolate kisses, and tag with instructions and poem. There are several poems available online but this is my favorite and printer ready tags (with poem) are available here!

This one recipe made over 45 servings!

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Snowman Mini Donuts

Ingredients:

Mini Powdered Donuts

Candy Corn

Mini Chocolate Chips

White Frosting

Directions:

Press the big end of a candy corn into the hole of the mini powdered donut for the nose.

Use the white frosting to adhere the mini chocolate chips onto the mini powdered donut for the face.

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Marshmallow Snowman Treats

So here's what you'll need:

As pictured: Fudge icing, large marshmallows, Karo syrup (light colored), Rolos, mini Oreos, some black and orange confetti sprinkles (I have some left over from Halloween), and white sparkling sugar. You'll need some wood skewers and a clean paintbrush, and I also added a few things at the end of the project -- toothpicks and mini marshmallows.

Step 1: Take your large marshmallow and with a clean paintbrush, brush some Karo syrup all around the side of the marshmallow.

Step 2: Now roll your marshmallow in the white sparkling sugar and set aside. Repeat these 2 steps for all of your marshmallows -- you'll need 3 marshmallows per snowman.

Step 3: Now it's time to add on the cutie pie face. Using your paint brush, dot the back of your confetti sprinkles with a touch of Karo syrup and then apply to your sugared marshmallow.

Step 4: Next, skewer 3 marshmallows together on your wood skewer to make a snowman.

Step 5: Now for the hat. Pry apart your mini Oreo cookie and use the side without the creme attached. With a butter knife, apply a small amount of fudge icing to your Oreo, unwrap a Rolo candy and press it onto your iced cookie.

Step 6: Making the arms. Now take a toothpick and press it through the side of your middle marshmallow on your snowman. Add 2 mini marshmallows at the ends of your toothpick for hands.

And that's all! Quick, cute snowman treats! Great for a fun after school project or even a class holiday party. With little ones, you could even have the pieces of the snowman made first and then let them put them together and add the hat and arms.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial -- make sure to share it with all of your friends!!

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Snowman Pops

Ingredients:

Double Stuffed Oreos

Sucker Sticks

White Dipping Chocolate (I use Wiltons)

Royal frosting, black and orange

Method: Repeat the same process as above for putting the sucker stick in the Oreos.  When they have set, dip the Oreo completely in the white chocolate, shaking off excess and place on wax paper.  Let set--about 20 minutes.  Using a toothpick, dip it into the frosting and make eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Tip:  This is a great tutorial on royal frosting.  Let set, tie with a cute ribbon and eat!

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Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing

Ingredients:

18.25 oz. Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix (or yellow, classic white)

6 oz. fat free plain Chobani yogurt

1 1/3 cups water

2 large egg whites

For the icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. clear vanilla extract

2-3 tbsp. boiling water

For the face:

m&m's for the eyes

orange jellybeans or candy corns for the nose

sprinkles for the hat

mini marshmallows for the cotton part of hat

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Line cupcake tins with liners.

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until combined. Pour into prepared liners. Bake about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.

For the vanilla icing, combine powdered sugar, melted butter and water and beat until smooth.

To make snowman face, spread 2 1/2 teaspoons of icing on each cupcake; working quickly, press the candy face into the icing before it hardens. It's best to make one at a time.

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There… so what do you think? Aren’t they cute! I hope you and your family and friends will enjoy making them and eating them?

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Did you know…

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"Frosty the Snowman" is a popular song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry's recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded "Frosty" in search of another seasonal hit. Like "Rudolph," "Frosty" was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special. The song was originally titled "Frosty the Snow Man."

Want to read more about it… click here!

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ok, back to singing… “was a jolly happy soul”

~waving, happy chocolate day!

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