Braden’s teacher has a few different incentive programs she uses with the kids.Â One of them is “The Store”.Â The children earn and lose “dollars” throughoutÂ the week, based on things like their behavior and responsibility.Â She opens the store each Monday (or so) and allows the children to buy things.Â It might be something small like a fun-shaped pencil eraser, or something a little bigger like a little stuffed animal, but she also has bigger non-tangible items (like a day without having to wear shoes in the classroom).
Braden likes to save up his money.
This time, he bought a one-time ticket to “bring an unhealthy snack”.
He wanted to take marshmallows.
I silently laughed at him.Â Marshmallows?Â That’s the unhealthiest thing you want to take?
How about we doctor those marshmallows up a bit?
Quick and Easy Marshmallow Chocolate Candy
Marshmallows (we used big ones)
Almond Bark (we used chocolate)
SprinklesÂ and/or colored sugar
1.Â Prep your marshmallows, if needed.
I didn’t want Braden to make a big mess, so I cut the big marshmallows in half (the little ones, however, would just annoy me to work with).Â We used some plain marshmallows, and some of the new caramel and vanilla (I think)Â Jet-Puffed ones, about 15 marshmallows in total.
2.Â Warm your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, for about 1 minute on high, stir, then microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring, until all melted.
I used 2 squares of almond bark for the 15 (or so) big marshmallows, cut in half.
3.Â Dip the marshmallows in chocolate.
You can cover them completely, if you want, but it is a bit of a hassle (but using a toothpick might help).Â For most of mine, I held a little spot of marshmallow, and dipped the rest in the chocolate, leaving a clean spot (making sure that the cut side of my marshmallows got covered).
4.Â Dip into sprinkles and/or colored sugar, if desired.Â Place on wax paper to cool, until chocolate hardens.
We used a mixture of green nonpareils and red sugar (festive, yes?).
They are a little bit addictive, I think.
Braden took a bag for his teacher, too.Â 🙂
In other news, Andy and I will celebrate our 10-year anniversary tomorrow, the 18th.Â He just brought me my present – a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a Nikon Coolpix.
You may recall that my Kodak died at the beginning of June (a sad, sad day).Â I’ve been using my nephew’s camera since (until last week, when I had to give it back).Â I never really got used to it, though, and ended up not taking very many pictures over the last 6 months.
But as soon as that battery’s charged, look out!
I am really interested to see how the scene modes work.Â There is a setting for taking pictures of food!
(Can you tell I’m excited about my camera?Â And that I’ve been eating chocolate-covered marshmallows for breakfast?)
You can use the same idea for “smores” in the summertime. We’re gluten free, casein free, soy free — I was able to make a copycat snack for Vacation Bible School last summer, a “smore”, which is a large marshmallow dipped in chocolate icing and then rolled in cookie crumbs. Not all of the snacks were easy to duplicate in gfcfsf fashion, but this one happened to be.