Kids will love making and eating this adorable fall edible craft! These treats are hand-held and perfect for a school Thanksgiving Day party, a family gathering or a teacher gift. These "apples" are easy to make, and almost too cute to eat!
Homemade fondant leaves decorate the tops of the apples - and you won't believe how easy they are to make! Just pop marshmallows into a bowl in the microwave, and stir with other ingredients. After wrapping, you can let it sit in the fridge for one hour if you're in a hurry, or let it sit on the counter for one day. These treats on a stick make it easy for little hands to pick up - no fork needed!
You can wrap these up in cellophane, tie with ribbon and use our free printable gift tags for a thoughtful teacher, friend or neighbor gift. Write "I'm thankful for you" or "Here's an apple for my teacher" as a way to show your appreciation for others this Thanksgiving holiday.
- 8 ounces miniature marshmallows
- 1/8 cup water
- 1 pound Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoons shortening or butter
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon, orange mint or any type of flavor
- Green food coloring
- 1 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- Red food coloring
- 12 ounce bag of red chocolate candy melts
- 12 lollipop sticks
- 12 large marshmallows
- 12 mini pretzel sticks
- Put mini marshmallows and water in a large microwaveable bowl and heat in 20 second increments. Stir in between heating sessions.
- Heat until marshmallows have melted and mixture is smooth and resembles marshmallow fluff.
- Continue to add powdered sugar, about a cup at a time waiting for previous added amount to be fully incorporated.
- Reserve about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
- Add shortening or butter and knead into dough. Add flavor and food color as desired. Knead in remaining powdered sugar.
- Wrap fondant in plastic food wrap. If needing fondant quickly, place in refrigerator for about an hour. Otherwise keep at room temperature until following day(s).
- For a firmer fondant, knead in additional powdered sugar.
- Take a small bit of fondant and shape into small green leaves. Use a toothpick to draw veins in each leaf. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix sugar with a few drops of red food coloring. Set aside.
- Melt red candy melts according to package.
- Insert a lollipop stick into a marshmallow and dip into the candy melts until fully covered.
- Immediately cover marshmallow in red colored sugar.
- Add a piece of a pretzel stick for a stem and a fondant leaf. The melted chocolate should be enough to adhere the leaf, but if it's already hardened, add a bit more melted chocolate.
- Set aside to dry. We poked ours into a piece of styrofoam so they would keep their shape until they were ready to serve.
- Wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon if giving these for a gift.