Caramel Nut Marshmallow Pops
These cute little pops have all of my favorites in one delicious treat… chocolate, caramel, rice kripies, nuts and marshmallow!
In fact, I had a hard time deciding what to name them, since I wanted to include all of the delicious ingredients in the title! I settled on Caramel Nut Marshmallow Pops, and we’ll just let the other delicious ingredients be a nice surprise! =)
These marshmallow pops would be perfect treats for most any occasion, and would be gorgeous little favors, wrapped in small cellophane bags and tied with some pretty ribbon, twine or a strip of fabric.
But these Caramel Nut Marshmallow Pops are quite possibly my favorite yet!
I didn’t come up with these delicious idea on my own… this past weekend I helped style and set up a dessert table for our school auction and one of the amazingly talented parents (Marina) provided the desserts. One of my favorite treats of the night were these gorgeous pops, and she graciously shared the recipe with me.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this pretty collaboration (and if you look closely, you can spot the marshmallow pops)…
I love sharing little sneak peeks of my “sweet” projects on Instagram, so be sure you’re following along!
Now, let’s make some delicious Caramel Nut Marshmallow Pops…
Caramel Nut Marshmallow Pops
Cover a marshmallow with chocolate, caramel, rice krispies and nuts to create a simple, yet impressive treat!
3/4 cup almonds, chopped and toasted
1 bag (11 oz) wrapped caramels (apx. 35 individual caramels)
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
30 large marshmallows
30 (7") cookie sticks
8 oz. semi-sweet or milk chocolate
1 cup rice krispies cereal
1.) Chop the almonds and bake in a 350*F oven for 2-5 minutes. Check after 2 minutes, and stir around if necessary. The nuts are done when they are fragrant and slightly golden. Set aside to cool.
2.) Unwrap caramels and place in a bowl. Add heavy cream and microwave at 50% power for 2-4 minutes until the caramels are mostly melted. Stir as necessary until the cream is fully incorporated and the caramel is smooth.
3.) Add marshmallows to cookie sticks by first dipping the stick in the (melted) caramel just a bit, then insert into the marshmallow. You could dip the stick in melted chocolate instead, either will help the marshmallow stay on the stick.
4.) Pour rice cereal into a bowl and set aside.
5.) Begin assembly by dipping the marshmallows into the caramel, using the side of the bowl to scrap off excess caramel from the marshmallow, then immediately dip the pop into the bowl of rice cereal. Lay pops on a plate and after you've made 4-6 pops, place the plate of pops in the freezer to help the caramel set quickly. Continue dipping, moving caramel and cereal coated pops to the freezer.
6.) Melt chocolate in the microwave at 50% power until partially melted, then stir gently until all of the chocolate is melted and smooth.
7.) Take caramel and cereal dipped pops and dip in the chocolate (using a spoon to help cover the entire pop) and use the side of the bowl to scrap off excess chocolate. Hold pop over a bowl and sprinkle with nuts (and you turn the pop around, so nuts cover all sides).
8.) Place nut covered pops on a plate and after you've coated a few pops, move the plate to the freezer to allow the chocolate to set up quickly. The pops only need to be in the freezer a couple minutes, then they can be stored at room temperature (in a sealed container, or individually wrapped).
Notes- The ingredient quantities listed are approximate, and may be adjusted depending on how many pops you want to make.
I used "cookie sticks" for these pops because they are thicker than "pop" sticks and more appropriate for holding these heavily coated marshmallows. Cookie sticks can be found in the cake decorating section of most large craft stores.
Use good quality caramels. I usually use Kraft or Brach's, both with good results.
I almost always use Ghirardelli chocolate (4 oz. baking bars) for consistently delicious results.
When I say "large" marshmallows I mean standard sized, not mini and not extra large.
Recipe source - Glorious Treats (shared by a friend, as mentioned in the post)
Happy pop making!