Looking for a boredom buster right about now that doesn’t involve snow or going outside??? Well I’ve got the cutest lil food craft for you….and your kids…don’t forget about them! These Polar Bear Marshmallows are sure to cure even the meanest case of the “I’m Bored” blues. And get this…they’re no bake too, so really all you have to do is supervise. WIN!!! Plus it also ends with your family enjoying a round of hot chocolate together. Awww!!! I’m getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. I recently test drove this edible, hands on craft with my niece, Ellie and my nephew, Nathan. They were an absolute hit right from the start. Nathan was quick to put his own spin on it and created a few three eyed monster polar bears. While Ellie, lover of all things cute and adorable, stuck to the original design. Wherever your creativity may take you, one thing’s for sure, hot chocolate has never been SO sweet!!! I suggest making as many as you can and storing in a ziplock bag, so you can enjoy polar bears swimming in your mug all winter long.
Here’s all you’ll need: jumbo size marshmallows, regular size marshmallows, mini marshmallows, white candy melts, M&Ms, and candy eyes (I grabbed these from Hobby Lobby, but you can find them at Michaels too, or just about any craft store).
Place about 1/2 a cup of white candy melts into a ziplock bag and seal. Microwave for 30 seconds. Squish the candy melts around in the bag to mix them up and then pop em back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat as many times as necessary (usually takes me about 3 times in my microwave) until the chocolate is completely melted. This will act as our “glue” to stick everything together. Snip a small hole in the corner of the bag. Reheat as needed.
With a knife or kitchen shears, cut a regular size marshmallow into thirds. Eat…I mean discard the middle. I helped the kids with this part and let them handle the rest…the cutting, not the eating. Squeeze or fluff it up to keep it’s round shape. This will serve as the polar bear’s muzzle.
Put the marshmallow so that it’s sticky side up. Squeeze a small amount of our candy melt “glue” onto the middle of the sticky side. Just a little dab will do ya!
Place “glue” side down onto the base of a jumbo marshmallow to form the polar bear head and muzzle. Push down firmly to hold it in place.
Next dab a small amount of candy melt onto the “m” logo of the M&M. This will be our nose! You can use any color that you like. I was partial to the blue and brown noses. Nathan’s a fan of the greens (his favorite color) and if M&M’s came in pink, I know Ellie would be all over it!
Add it to the muzzle and press down firmly to hold it in place.
Next add a dab of candy melt to the back of the candy eyes and put them in place directly above the muzzle. I can see our bear coming to life already!
Lastly add a dab of candy melts to the mini marshmallows and stick them to the side of the bear’s head to make ears. I found it helpful to hold the ears in place for about 15-30 seconds to help them stick. This helps the candy melts to harden and will help the ears in place.
And just like that! You’re done!! Isn’t he just the about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen???
Time for a little polar bear swim! Place him atop your hot cocoa and finish with a mountain of whipped cream! I hate it when I have to decide between whipped cream and marshmallows, but lucky for me, this drink has LOADS of both!!
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