Fourth of July is fast approaching and I am sure, as I do, you have plenty of parties to attend. I really wish that this year we were back in the hills of Tennessee, like we were last year. There is truly nothing better than celebrating the holiday in Gatlinburg, TN. What a fantastic time we had!
Since we had all the kiddos in the cabin, I came up with the perfect (and easy) dessert treat to make with them all one of our evenings. It turned out adorable, and the kids had such a fun time making this. It will surely be a beautiful and patriotic addition to any of your family gatherings!
Ingredients you will need:
- Large puffy marshmallows (roughly 30)
- Toothpicks (or tiny fingers will do)
- Red & Blue sugar sprinkles (white too if you want to be perfect)
- scissors (or a knife)
- butter or Crisco
- Baking dish (9×13 or 7×11 will do)
- Hershey Bars (chocolate chips could be substituted)
- Graham Crackers
Here is what you’ll do:
First you will want to grease the baking dish with butter or Crisco and set the oven at 450 degrees F.
Then I poured the sugar crystals into separate bowls, set out a bowl of water as well and cut all of the big marshmallows into halves.
While I completed those tasks I let the kids break up the Hershey bars and lay them down to complete the first layer of our delicious dish.
I then let the kids each take turns getting their marshmallow halves dumped into water and then into the sugar colors we needed for our second layer. Little fingers or toothpicks can be used for that step.
Let these dry on wax paper before placing them onto the chocolate bars, should be about 20 minutes. Once dry, you will place these, cut side down, onto the chocolate bar layer, making sure to get your flag in the right order. The kids had lots of fun making a pattern with these!
Top off the dish with the extra sugar crystals on any lacking areas and place the dish into the oven to bake for 7 to 9 minutes, just until the tops of the marshmallows start to brown. We let the kiddos eat the leftover crystalized marshmallows while they waited!
Take out and let cool a little. Serve with graham crackers or pretzels and enjoy this sweet and salty treat! The sugar sprinkles form a perfect crystallized topping to the dip so you get the most divine combination of chocolate, cream marshmallow and sweet crunch. Best served warm and with a glass of milk!
Your kids will feel extra special being able to create this masterpiece on their own too!
Need another great (but healthier) treat for Memorial Day or 4th of July parties? Check out this patriotic fruit “cake”. Yum!