Lately I’ve been getting very excited about Easter and springtime in general so when I’m not in daydreaming in the garden sections of every store in town, I’m contemplating all the holiday goodies.
I love all the pastel colors of spring flowers, fluffy marshmallows, and sparkly chicks and bunnies. So naturally I think “How can I get all my favorite things together in one place?” I know! I’ll impale them on a stick! And the Easter Bunny Kabob is born.
Ever noticed that every food more fun on a stick? I’ve seen the “peeping marshmallow” kabobs pre-made at the store and they’re so cute, but why are they so expensive? I saw one kabob with four little chicks for almost two dollars.
Sheesh! A whole dozen chicks or bunnies are only a $1. Marshmallows are about a buck and gelatin powder is under 50 cents. See where I’m going here?
So, here’s an awesome idea just in time for Easter and other springtime parties. This Technicolor kabob uses gelatin powder as the secret ingredient to color the marshmallows so they taste as good as they look.
The Easter Bunny Kabob
Gelatin powder (not sugar free) – several flavors;
marshmallow bunnies or chicks;
bamboo skewers or long lollipop sticks or straws.
Place a teaspoon of gelatin powder in a baggie. Lightly moisten each marshmallow in water then shake in powder. Repeat with each marshmallow. Thread the marshmallows with the bunnies on skewers as desired.
Diva Tip – To make threading the marshmallows easier simply dip or rub skewers in Crisco, butter or margarine and wipe off any extra. Works like a charm to keep them from sticking.
Of course you can let your imagination run wild with extra candies to stick on the stick. Some ideas are; looped fruit cereal, sour gummies, chocolate candies, and fruit leather.
You can dip moistened marshmallows in assorted sprinkles or colored sugar. Or better yet melt ½ cup white chocolate chips or candy melts and dip the marshmallows halfway then roll in colored sugar, coconut or sprinkles.
What do you do with the rest of the gelatin powder? Assuming you don’t want to make jello, you can add the powder to cake frosting, milkshakes, make colorful whipped cream or save for next time.
Wilton brand makes cute clear plastic bags that are a perfect size if you want to wrap these kabobs to give as gifts. You find them in the cake decorating aisle. Just add a pastel ribbon to finish them off. These kabobs would make a lovely addition to an Easter basket. Just be sure if you’re giving this to little ones, clip the sharp tip off the skewer. I don’t recommend giving kabobs to any child without supervision. They’d be a lovely gift for the neighbors, cheerful party favors, or grouped together for a colorful centerpiece on the table for brunch.
Hoppy Easter to my favorite peeps.
Frugal Festivity contributed by Patti Diamond, author of Divas On A Dime – Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous!, www.divasonadime.com Join us on Facebook at DivasOnADimeDotCom.