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January 25, 2018

BROWNIE STUFFED SWIRLED MARSHMALLOW POPS + VIDEO

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Marshmallow pops stuffed with brownie and  swirled in pink and white candy melt are beautiful and  guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.  

BROWNIE STUFFED SWIRLED MARSHMALLOW POPS
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Hi everyone! I'm so excited about today's post because I'm introducing IGF's first ever food video clip!! Woo Hoo!!! When I decided to jump into the world of food video, I wanted to do a test run before investing money in equipment such as a cooktop and a new tripod with a horizontal camera mount. I'm glad to say that with a little crafty MacGyvering, I was able to make the video with no added cost.

As you watch the video, keeping mind that it was taped on my iPhone. To obtain overhead video shots, a phone mount was fashioned from a wire hanger taken right out of my closet. Yep! With some tricky origami-esque moves, I bent and twisted the hanger into a shelf for the phone. The whole contraption was then secured to a cabinet over my work area using a ridiculous amount of stings. For the record, I attached and removed this makeshift phone mount many times and never did I hang it up the same way twice. Bahaha!!



BROWNIE STUFFED SWIRLED MARSHMALLOW POPS

If you're curious as to what this thing looks like, I regret that I will not be sharing a picture of it. A beauty it is not, but it got the job done. And so I guess that is all that matters!

Oh yeah! Don't get me started on the technical difficulties with the phone. I had to restart clips so many times because my phone continuously ran out memory and died while in mid-shoot. No matter how many images I deleted from my library, I was never able to create enough space to shoot even a short 10 second clip. After a couple hours of fighting with my phone, I was able to hijack my husband's to complete the rest of the video. 



All-in-all, it was a good learning experience, and I think I'm going to keep doing more of this video thing. I'll be more prepared next time. What do you think? Check it out below!

Moving onto the marshmallow pops. How adorable are they? These pops are all about fun and satisfying a sweet tooth. Have you ever had marshmallows stuffed with brownie chunks and dipped in candy melt? If not, there is no better time then now! Just look at the swirl pattern! I just want to spin the pops and look at them all day. Achieving the swirled effect is incredibly easy and really fun to do too!


BROWNIE STUFFED SWIRLED MARSHMALLOW POPS

For the brownies, no need to make homemade (unless you want to create a lot more unnecessary work for yourself). I use store bought...Cosmic Brownies to be specific (this is a personal recommendation, not sponsored), because they have the perfect consistency for shaping and stuffing into the marshmallows. (I remove the candy sprinkles on top of the brownies.) If you opt to use something else, I recommend fudgy brownies as they are easier to shape and crumble less than the cakey type.

These marshmallow pops are perfect treats for Valentine's Day, but they are also ideal for other holidays and special occasions: showers of any kind, birthday parties, gender reveal parties, Mother's Day, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas. Changing candy melt color is all it takes to customize to the occasion.


BROWNIE STUFFED SWIRLED MARSHMALLOW POPS

For now, if you want to make a special treat for the loves in your life this Valentine's Day, you've got to try these. If you have little kiddos, they are going to love these pops! Better yet, they are going to love helping you make them!! 




If you have any problem playing the video, you may view it here.






BROWNIE STUFFED SWIRLED 
MARSHMALLOW POPS

BROWNIE STUFFED SWIRLED MARSHMALLOW POPS

INGREDIENTS:


15 1/2-inch cubes of a fudgy brownie
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
15 regular size marshmallows
1 12-oz. bag white candy melt
1/2 cup pink candy melt
15 6-inch cookie sticks




INSTRUCITONS:
Shape brownies into 1/2-inch round nuggets. If there is excessive crumbling, freeze for about 30 minutes or until brownie firms up prior to shaping.

Apply oil to the tip of a butter knife. Insert knife into the center of each marshmallow using twisting motion to create a cavity. Reapply oil to knife as necessary to prevent sticking.

In a microwave proof bowl, melt the white candy melt for 1 minute at 50% power. Stir even if it does not look melted. Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Repeat melting for 30 seconds and stirring each time, if needed.

Use a greased fingertip to widen the center of the marshmallow if the cavity is too small. Dip a brownie into the candy melt. Insert brownie into the marshmallow. Dip a cookie stick tip into the white chocolate. Insert deep into the center of the marshmallow without going all the way through. Repeat until all the marshmallows are stuffed.

In a microwave proof bowl, melt the pink candy melt for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir even if it does not look melted. Microwave for 20 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Repeat melting for 20 seconds and stirring each time, if needed.

Pour pink candy melt into a plastic storage bag. Work candy melt into one of the corners. Twist close and snip off a tiny slice off the tip. Pipe a pattern over the white chocolate (I use an asterisk pattern). Dip a marshmallow straight down into the candy melt, twisting once it is almost all the way submerged. Twist in the opposite direction while pulling it out. Stand marshmallow pop upright in styrofoam block or a container filled with rice. Dip and swirl a second marshmallow. Drizzle in more pink candy melt as needed and repeat dipping the remaining marshmallows.

Candy melt will harden while sitting out at room temperature. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Makes 15 servings.



Recipe Notes:
  1. Optional: scoop out a little dollop of white chocolate to use for stuffing the marshmallow with brownies to prevent crumbs from mixing with the candy melt that will be used for swirling.
  2. If the cookie sticks are loose when you are trying to swirl in candy melt, chill marshmallow for a few minutes to allow the candy melt to set quickly.


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24 comments:

  1. These are so cute!!! And they look easy to make as well. I can see how you could use different flavor brownies and different colors for any occasion.

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    1. Thanks Annmarie. I love how versatile the can be :)

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  2. You did an amazing job with your video!!! What a great treat!!

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    1. Thanks Liz! I have a ways to go, but it's a good start :)

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  3. You did such a good job with your video!!!! I can't believe you used wire - you are so inventive. I need my hubby to fashion something like that for me!! Also - I just posted some marshmallows but now I'm wishing they were stuffed with brownie! Holy moly does that look yummy!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! I like doing little DIY projects every now and then. My prototype needs a bit of tweaking for long term use, but it works. You really should have him make one! And I just saw your sweet little marshmallows! Love them!! :)

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  4. They are so freakin' adorable! And high five for an awesome video, Thao! Great job! You make 'em look too easy, which may not be a good thing, lol ;) Such a fun recipe to make and I bet even better to receive....my niece would just love these!

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    1. Thank you Dawn!! I'm looking forward to learning more about food videography. My favorite part of making these marshmallow pops is the swirling. I think I can work in a candy shop or bakery swirling marshmallows all day! 🤗

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  5. Great job on making an awesome video and not giving up despite all the technical difficulties! What an fun and tasty recipe. I love the pink swirl!

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    1. Thank you Marie!! It was a do or die situation. It had to be completed no matter what as far as I was concerned. 😉

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  6. Well, I'm impressed! I thought it turned out great. How long did it take from start to finish?

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    1. Thank you Abbe!! It took too long! I was hoping to get it done in a couple hours from start to finish, but it took me at least 5. The cameral space issue ate up a lot of time as I had to go through my photo library to move and delete photos in an effort to free up space. Plus I had to fuss a lot with my camera mount to position the phone just right. But I think with a little tweaking, it will work out much better next time.

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  7. This is amazing! I can't believe you shot the video on your iPhone--it looks great! And these little brownie pops are so cute and sound so delicious I think I need to make some for myself!

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    1. Thanks Kelsie! I think I grew a few gray hair during the video shot, but it was worth it! These are super cute and perfect for kids and adults. :)

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  8. These are so cute! I absolutely love the idea :-)

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  9. Thao, your video is amazing. It looks absolutely flawless.
    And these brownie stuffed marshmallows are such a good idea, this I have got to try.
    Have a great week :)

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    1. Thank you, Ashika!! You're so sweet! You have a great week too! :)

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  10. Well aren't these the prettiest swirled brownie pop!! So excited to see marshmallow in to, yum!! Take care.

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    1. Thanks Stacey! I do like looking at them!!

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  11. awesome video!!! i'd be scared of my phone falling if i tried to make a makeshift tripod lol but glad it worked out (: and i love how the swirl on the marshmallow came out!

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    1. That was my fear too, Heather! I had it secured well. Didn't want my $0 investment to turn out to be a cost of a new phone :)

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  12. Gorgeous pictures, such cute pops. And great video, super that you managed it without buying extra equipment!

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    1. It was a personal challenge that I'm glad took on :)

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