A Flock of (Marshmallow) Seagulls

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The perfect cake toppers at an Eighties themed party, with the addition of Mike Score hairstyles made of paper (and perhaps a little sugar glue to make the hair stand out at the requisite angle). And here is their favorite song on YouTube.

LITTLE SEA GULLS

1. Use large marshmallow for body. Insert 2 wooden picks in side, for legs; insert legs into inverted paper plate, for support.

2. Glue candy corn to marshmallow, for beak; add pieces of licorice string for eyes.

McCall’s fails to mention that you apparently glue two Life Savers onto on of the gulls, around the licorice-string eyes. They seem to be peppermint or wintergreen Life Savers, but for the 1980s look, feel free to use purple or red or blue. Do they still make blue Life Savers?

Oh, here’s the glue recipe again:

GLUE FOR MARSHMALLOW FAVORS

1 1/2 cups unsifted confectioner’s sugar
1 egg white, unbeaten

In small bowl of electric mixer on medium, beat sugar with egg white until mixture is thick enough to hold a definite shape. Keep glue covered with damp cloth until ready to use. Makes about half a cup. When using on favors, let glue dry completely on each part before going on to next part.

And links to the previous marshmallow posts (only one to go!):

The whole kit and caboodle: group photo!

Part 1: Lamb and Piglet

Part 2: Snowman and Turtle

Part 3: Poodle and Hippo

Part 4: Elephant and Lion

The Marshmallow Menagerie: Jumbo and Leo Edition

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After this post, there will be three kinds of seagull, a dachshund and a giraffe. I believe that will constitute the entire Marshmallow Menagerie. It’s better than a Glass Menagerie, isn’t it – don’t you think that Tennessee Williams’ play could be rewritten? I think it would be a lot less tragic - how could you not feel happy looking at these little creatures? Plus if the unicorn was made of candy, you could just glue the horn back on with the recipe below, or just make him a new one out of a fresh gumdrop!

FYI, the glue that holds the whole thing together:

GLUE FOR MARSHMALLOW FAVORS

1 1/2 cups unsifted confectioner’s sugar
1 egg white, unbeaten

In small bowl of electric mixer on medium, beat sugar with egg white until mixture is thick enough to hold a definite shape. Keep glue covered with damp cloth until ready to use. Makes about half a cup. When using on favors, let glue dry completely on each part before going on to next part.

JUMBO THE ELEPHANT

1. For body, join 2 large marshmallows (flat ends together) with wooden pick.
2. For ears, place a large marshmallow at each side of one marshmallow, running wooden pick through all three.
3. For each leg, spear 3 mini marshmallows on wooden pick. Insert legs into underside of body; then insert into inverted paper plate, for support. 
4. For trunk, cut a piece of white paper, tapering it slightly. Fold back wide end, making a flap. Make a slit in face with knife; insert flap. Make eyes from pieces of licorice string.

LEO THE LION

1. On wooden pic, run together 3 large marshmallows (flat ends together) for head and body.
2. Insert 4 wooden picks on underside of head and body, for legs; insert legs into inverted paper plate, for support.
3. Glue 2 mini marshmallows to head, for cheeks. Between cheeks, glue strip from large gumdrop; make tip of nose with triangle of licorice candy.
4. Use pieces of licorice string for eyes. Insert wooden picks around head, for mane.

You can find all the marshmallow animals by going here -

The whole kit and caboodle: group photo!

Part 1: Lamb and Piglet

Part 2: Snowman and Turtle

Part 3: Poodle and Hippo

Marshmallow Favors How-To, Part 3: Fifi the Poodle and Harry the Hippo

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A poodle is the perfect critter to recreate in marshmallows – I love the mini marshmallows on her legs and tail, just like the pouffy bits on a real poodle. And Harry is one of my favorites, he has such a winning smile!

FIFI THE POODLE

1. With wooden pick, join two large marshmallows (flat ends together) for the body.
2. Slide mini marshmallows onto each of 4 wooden picks; insert wooden picks into underside of body, for legs; insert into inverted paper plate, for support.
3. Glue one mini marshmallow in center of one end of one large marshmallow; surround with two rows of mini marshmallows.
4. Glue another mini marshmallow to center of face, for nose; glue pieces of licorice candy to nose, for tip.
5. Add pieces of licorice string to face, for eyes. Add mini marshmallow on wooden pick for tail.

HARRY THE HIPPO

1. Make head: With wet knife, split large marshmallows almost in half. Pull apart slightly; don’t break hinge. For teeth, insert small pieces of licorice string inside mouth.
2. Run wooden pick through 2 large marshmallows (flat ends together0 for body.
3. For legs, place 2 mini marshmallows on each of 4 wooden picks. Insert legs into underside of body; then insert into inverted paper plate, for support.
4. Glue head to body; glue two small gumdrops to head for eyes.

Just to remind you -

GLUE FOR MARSHMALLOW FAVORS

1 1/2 cups unsifted confectioner’s sugar
1 egg white, unbeaten

In small bowl of electric mixer on medium, beat sugar with egg white until mixture is thick enough to hold a definite shape. Keep glue covered with damp cloth until ready to use. Makes about half a cup. When using on favors, let glue dry completely on each part before going on to next part.

For the earlier parts of the Marshmallow Follies, you can go here:

The whole kit and caboodle: group photo!

Part 1: Lamb and Piglet

Part 2: Snowman and Turtle

Coming soon: Jumbo the Elephant and Leo the Lion…

Marshmallow Favors How-To, Part 2: Frosty and Timmy

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I love these two, they are simple to make but really effective. Can’t you just see a lot of little Frostys (Frosties?) as favors at a holiday dinner, or even perched on a Christmas cake?

By the way, the recipe for the “glue” that is used in these favors is here.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

1. First, make top hat: Use a thin, flat piece of licorice candy for brim: glue a larger piece of licorice candy to brim for crown.

2. Attach 2 large marshmallows, ends together, with wooden pick, to resemble snowman. Insert one end of wooden pick into top hat; insert other end of wooden pick into inverted paper plate, for support.

3. Make eyes, mouth and buttons with pieces of licorice string.

TIMMY THE TURTLE

1. Use large marshmallow for body. With wooden pick, attach small gumdrop (flat side down) to bottom edge of body, for head.

2. Cut another small gumdrop into slivers. Make slits around bottom of marshmallow at 1/2-inch intervals; insert gumdrop slivers, for feet. Add 2 pieces licorice string, for eyes.

For Frosty’s hat, flat pieces of licorice might be hard to find – I suggest that you use black construction paper or even black gumdrops rolled flat with a small rolling pin. Any other ideas? Or is flat black licorice available nowadays?

Next time I’ll show you how to make Fifi the Poodle and Harry the Hippo (he is my absolute favorite, aside from George the Giraffe).

Marshmallow Favors How-To Part 1: A Little Lamb and a Piglet

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I gather that a lot of people really like the Marshmallow Favors I wrote about last week, so I thought I’d do a little series on how to make them. They really are cute, aren’t they? So please come back often to see how to make them!

I will feature two at a time – though George the Giraffe is going to have to be on his own, as there are a total of eleven critters, McCall’s not being Noah’s-Arklike. Though I’ll bet you could make a Noah’s Ark out of these guys for a centerpiece.

Here’s what you are going to need:

Critter Glue

1 1/2 cups unsifted confectioner’s sugar
1 egg white, unbeaten

In small bowl of electric mixer on medium, beat sugar with egg white until mixture is thick enough to hold a definite shape. Keep glue covered with damp cloth until ready to use. Makes about half a cup. When using on favors, let glue dry completely on each part before going on to next part.

You will also need:
large and mini marshmallows (of course)
licorice string candy and soft licorice candy
small soft gumdrops
large gumdrops
candy corn
wooden picks and skewers
paper plates
brown and white paper

MARY’S LITTLE LAMB

1. Insert 4 wooden picks in sides of large marshmallow, for legs; insert legs into inverted paper plate for support.
2. Glue 2 rows of mini marshmallows (about 10 for each row) around side of large marshmallow. Then glue more around front and back, leaving space in front for nose.
3. Glue piece of licorice candy to marshmallow for a nose; add 2 pieces of licorice string to right and left of nose, for eyes.

PRIMROSE THE PIGLET

1. Run wooden pick through two large marshmallows (flat ends together) and one mini mashmallow, for body, head, and snout.
2. Insert 4 wooden picks in body, for legs.
3. Use pieces of licorice string for nostrils, eyes and tail.
4. Cut out small, pointed ears from white paper. Make slits in head with wet knife; insert ears.

I may alternate these critters with some other retro fun, but do look out for them! Next critters will be: Frosty the Snowman and Timmy the Turtle.