Yesterday I spent hours dipping things in melted almond bark, which I think is a lot like white chocolate. But really I have no idea.
All I know is that it melts like butter and anything dipped in it tastes good!
I started with this.
And on LOW heat for about 10 minutes it turns into this:
And then you start dipping!
Ok, FIRST you have your three year old stick marshmallows on sticks.
(the awesome quality of this photo is a direct result of that fact that I had something ON MY STOVE and I don't cook much so I literally grabbed the camera, aimed and fired without thinking too much about focus or light or anything other than the fact that my eyes were off my melting almond bark.)
*We were without lollipop sticks but my mom had olive skewers for drinks and they worked perfectly for Bailey b/c the ends had points and were easy to poke into the marshmallow. After a trip in the afternoon to Hobby Lobby I did exchange the plastic sticks (that were bending under the weight of the finished candy) with actual lollipop sticks.
She was SO incredibly proud of herself during this stage! It was great to watch her do this.
Then the little one woke up (not the littlest one thank goodness or this would have been put on hold) and she got to help.
I took all the sprinkles we had in the house and put them in little bowls (fiestaware). Then I would dip the marshmallow in the melted almond bark and hand the stick to a girl who would then dunk it in the sprinkles. Oh Lordy how they LOVED this part!
Oh my little girls.
Then for lack of a better idea I wasted about 8 containers of Play-Doh to hold the drying candy. Although there was a lot of dry Play-Doh in the mix, it really did work perfectly (thanks for the idea mom!)!
The finished product! I just put little bags around them, tied them with a ribbon and attached a little card I made with Bailey's artwork. The best part is that she wrote a "B" on each one! Oh yes, she can write her name! (I will post photos of that later!)
For the card I used this. A few days earlier the girls did marble paintings... I just give them a disposable aluminum baking dish, put a piece of paper in it, drip in some paint along the edges and drop in a few marbles. They LOVE this activity b/c they get to roll around the marbles! And it makes for really cute artwork! So I just cut these up, added some stamps and had Bailey write her letter on the backs. So easy and even more personal!
Then last night I got a little almond bark crazy and did pretzels (that I bagged and gave to her teachers and the grandparents)!
Oh man the mess!
And then around 10pm I got really crazy and created the cutest school of fish known to man!
I bagged these little guys up and they make the most amazing bite sized treat ever!
SO me and almond bark? We are tight.