Snowman On Stick..update

Sugar Work By sweetcravings Updated 31 Oct 2008 , 8:13pm by auntginn

sweetcravings Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 7:00pm
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So i' had some time to play around with chocolate this afternoon and had to give the snowman a try. Even though the marshmallow pumpkins gave me grief. I'm pleased with how they turned out. Thanks to all the CC'ers who inspired me and shared your tips and pictures. Here they are, thanks for letting me share. I tried a few on colored straws and it wasn't as sturdy as i liked with regular straws, so i tried one with a bubble tea straw and it worked much better.
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mkolmar Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 12:43am
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very cute. I've never made these, but would like to someday.

rezzygirl Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 3:29am
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Adorable! Gonna have to do some of those soon!

auntginn Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 4:36am
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They are sooo cute. I made them for the first time last year. I used fondant to make the scarf on mine.

Please forgive my ignorance but can you tell me what a bubble tea straw is. icon_redface.gif

TIA

countrycakes Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 1:08pm
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thumbs_up.gif You did a great job! Please tell me how you did these.....I am not having a good time making snowmen....I can do the dipping, but they are not real pretty..rofl....How did you make his little hat brim? icon_smile.gif Thanks!

sweetcravings Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 1:33pm
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Originally Posted by auntginn

They are sooo cute. I made them for the first time last year. I used fondant to make the scarf on mine.

Please forgive my ignorance but can you tell me what a bubble tea straw is. icon_redface.gif

TIA




I believe it was your snowman pics that inspired me. icon_biggrin.gif I was thinking of using fondant but being that it's expensive i wanted to try the choclate route first. They were surprizingly easy to do.

Bubble tea straws can be found in most oriental grocery stores. The place i visited didn't have them on display but once i asked them if they had them they went to the back and got me a bag of them. The woman there told me... Bubble tea is a cold drink that has very large pearls of tapioca in it...thus they need the big straw to drink them. The straws are very firm and have a very wide opening. I've never tried it but people who have say its fabulous. I'm sure if you did a web search you could get more info on it.

I use bubble tea straws as dowel support for my stacked cakes. They are easy to cut and super strong.

sweetcravings Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 1:41pm
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Originally Posted by countrycakes

thumbs_up.gif You did a great job! Please tell me how you did these.....I am not having a good time making snowmen....I can do the dipping, but they are not real pretty..rofl....How did you make his little hat brim? icon_smile.gif Thanks!




Well really all i did was dip the three marshmallows on a stick into white chocolate and shook off the excess chocolate..placed in foam to dry.

Then while that was drying i stuck a toothpick in all my single marshm. to make the hat. I melted the dark chocolate and dipped each marshm.into it, don't shake off too much as this will make the brim of the hat. Once dipped,place the marsh on parchment and kinda swirl the choco covered marsh in small circles to make the brim. The extra choco drips down and makes this very easy to do. Gentle remove the toothpick and let dry.

While the hats were drying i did all my dark choco piping. I put it into a disposable piping bag and cut a really small tip. I piped the eyes,mouth, buttons and arms.

Next the nose..melted orange melts and just dipped a toothpick into the chocolate and applied the nose with the toothpick, pulling away at the tip.

next the scarf..blue melts..again disposable bag, small cut tip. Just started at the front and gentle piped the scarf with one hand and twisted the 'pop' with the other to make a continuous scarf.

Lastly..the hats are dry...piped a small blob of dark choco on the top of the snowmans head and placed the hat on top.

Viola..snowman.
I hope that my instructions are clear..if you need further help pls let me know.

suz

auntginn Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 4:45pm
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Oh Suz.... I have a couple of those straws, duh... There is an asian tea station close by and my grandaughter and I went in to try their drinks. The "pearls" as they call them were delish. We were told they were made from sweet potatoes. My grandaughter did not like the taste of them, but we had fun trying something new.

I have always just used lollipop sticks for my marshmellows, Are the straws better to use?

sweetcravings Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 5:21pm
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Auntginn,

About the straws...i first used just a regular colored drinking straw and it was very hard to push it through the marshmallows and ended up being very top heavy thus causing the whole thing to bend. That's why i tried the bubble tea straw. It was easier to push through the marsh. because there is a pointed end at the end of the straw and they did hold the weight of the all the marshmallows. I couldn't push them into the foam to dry so i just put a few lolli sticks in the foam and slide the straws over top them, this way they didn't tip. It worked good.
I dunno if i would use straws again really, it seems that the bubble straw really 'eats' up alot of the marshmallow center..less for the person to eat. I guess i could give the option to the customer. It does look pretty though. I got the idea from another CC post on marshmallows on a stick.

I will have to try the bubble tea sometime. I have tried lg pearl tapioca and didn't like it...way to rubbery..but this tea sounds interesting.

auntginn Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 5:38pm
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Ok, so you do it because it looks pretty???? But then there is the cost. I buy my lol. sticks for a .011 cents ea. I'm sure I could not get the straws for that much or close and that would drive up the price.

How much do you charge for these marshmellows?

sweetcravings Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 5:46pm
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The straws came in a bag..i'll have to count them and figure out the cost on them..i think the bag was around 2.00canadian.

This is the first snowman i've made..but i will likely charge a bit more for them since there is an added marshmallow on them. My pumpkins we sold as follows...single marsh..1.25, double..1.45..triple 1.65...bag and bow extra.. Maybe i'll up it a quarter or something..iv'e yet to figure it out as i'm just playing with christmas ideas. I'm trying to figure out how to best market my stuff as i am a non registered home baker. I want to have several good products to push for the holidays..like decorated cookie tins and marshmallows. I'm just having a hard time finiding inexpensive pretty food safe cookie tins in canada..everything i find is US and shipping is a killer.

auntginn Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 6:14pm
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I have not seen the pumpkins, do you have a pic of them. The Christmas trees I did last year, but this year I am going to try them differently. I want to make the marshmellow and then cut the design from a cookie cutter, I'll have to make some and post a pic.

sweetcravings Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 6:20pm
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Ohhhh i can't wait to see the christmas trees! I bet they will be pretty.

My pumpkins...
LL

auntginn Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 7:14pm
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Adorable!!! I was picturing the cake balls on sticks, silly me.

sweetcravings Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 8:05pm
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i actually saw cake balls like these here...at williams sonoma...
LL

auntginn Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 8:13pm
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Yes, I've seen them also. Some of the other members have made them as well. I personally would then remove the stick, I think they would look better. Just my opinion.

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