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Thursday, 24 July 2014

How to custom colour marshmallows

About a year ago I was at my friends son's birthday party.  He was having a Team Umizoomi birthday.  Since this little guy happens to have a mom that totally rocks, he got a birthday that did too.
Among the food spread I spied a bowl of marshmallows.  But, gentle readers, typical marshmallows they were not! They were coloured to match the specific Team Umizoomi decor- I was super impressed!

I asked where she bought them.  With her answer she changed the way I saw regular white jumbo marshmallows... she coloured them herself!!  I know, right?! I thought it was pretty awesome too!

Agape, I asked her how. She told me and I have been doing them to match my childrens birthday/event decor ever since.

So, inspired by Lindsey, here is how to colour a marshmallow:

First, open your bag of marshmallows.  You'll need to eat a few... to.... you know... test... them... ??

Once they have passed the rigorous four (or nine or twelve...) marshmallow test, get out a salad plate.

On the plate put just enough water to cover the bottom of the plate.  If there is too much water your marshmallows will be less vibrant.
Just a bit of water

Next add a few drops of food colouring to the water.  And by "few" I mean 8-12 depending on how intense you want your colour to be.

Grab a piece of parchment paper and lay it on a flat surface.

Now gently roll the marshmallow in the coloured water.

See how it picks up all that awesome colour?

Dont forget to get the ends as well.   Once coloured set on the parchment paper to dry.
Don't forget the ends

Repeat with as many marshmallows as you choose to colour.

Of course, using basic colour mixing methods you can create an array of colours to match just about any decor or theme.

Leave your marshmallows to dry overnight.

To remove them from the parchment the next morning use a gentle hand while lifting or some other the colour may get left behind on the paper.

All that's left is to sit back and feel impressed with yourself... while snacking on a coloured marshmallow ;)
Audrey will be celebrating her third birthday rainbow style and these will be making an appearance. I even got a decent indigo!!


  1. Wow! Awesome! ...I waited a month for that?!

    1. Strange you would say that since my last post was published on July 16th. Since you "check this page every day" I would have thought you had seen it.

  2. I don't count your letter to me. :) Since your last actual blog, it's been a month. Anyhoo, I'm just not going to read your blog anymore, it's quite boring.

  3. Don't let the trolls bother you and just keep on blogging when you feel the urge to share your creative ideas :)

  4. How does the colour last on the marshmallows? OK? I'm thinking I might try to do yellow and blue for a "minnion" party... but wouldn't want the colour rubbing off onto kiddies hands.

    1. Once dry the colour does not rub off onto hands or faces. When you bite into the marshmallow its still white inside so only the most outer layer picks up the colour.