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frosty the marshmallow man

Marshmallows are the perfect snowman canvas. And as I’ve been so into marshmallows lately, it was just a matter of time before I made a marshmallow snowman. These are super easy and kid-friendly. As you can see from the masterpiece in pink and purple below, my 2-year old loves using my edible pens on marshmallows.

how to make a marshmallow snowman

you will need:*
edible pens

candy corn

large gum drops

whole cloves
sharp knife
light corn syrup

*NOTE: Use the larger marshmallows. Edible pens are available at craft stores, though I use Americolor gourmet writers, available in specialty stores and online. Find skewers in the supermarket or drug store. If you can’t find candy corn, you can also tint fondant (found at the craft store) with orange food coloring to make the carrot nose. See my post HERE for instructions how to do that. Lastly, you can also substitute large chocolate sprinkles or pieces of black licorice lace for the cloves to make the snowman totally edible, or omit the arms altogether.

what to do:
Skewer two marshmallows. Cut a large gum drop in half with a sharp knife and place on top of the marshmallows. Press skewer into gum drop to keep in place. Cut off the yellow bottom of a piece of candy corn and dab flat end in light corn syrup. Press onto the top marshmallow for the carrot nose. With a black edible pen, make dots for eyes and mouth. With any other color, make dots for buttons on the second marshmallow. Press cloves into sides for arms. (If you have difficulty getting cloves into the marshmallows, use a toothpick to make holes.) Let snowman rest on his back for a couple hours or overnight to let the nose dry.

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  1. Sue Sparks
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    ADORABLE! I'm going to make these, but I don't know if I can find any fall candy corn:(

  2. Chic Cookies
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sue, I of course did an internet search on marshmallow snowmen AFTER I did these, because Martha has some and she used a piece of gummy fish? So I'm sure you can find alternatives. Fondant, maybe pieces of Dots or gumdrops…

  3. Jennifer(Savor)
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    LOVE the 2 yr old marshmellows!

  4. Chic Cookies
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    She spent almost an hour on them. Seriously. I had to pry her fingers off of the markers.

  5. apparentlyjessy
    Posted December 5, 2009 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    I think perhaps you need to change your name from 'The Decorated Cookie', to 'The Decorated Marshmallow and Cookie'! Cause you rock the marshmallow decorating just as much as you do cookies!
    Another great holiday idea! I love that your 2 year old likes to participate too :)

  6. Amanda
    Posted December 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Permalink


  7. J+S
    Posted December 7, 2009 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Love, love, love it. I would love to re-post and credit to you. Keep the marshamallow ideas coming!


  8. An Almost Unschooling Mom
    Posted December 13, 2009 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Very cute – We just discovered the joy of drawing with edible markers on marshmallows – it is great fun!

  9. hedgehoghomeschool
    Posted December 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    We made these last week, before I saw your blog post. I wish I would have thought to use skewers. Ours kept flopping around. For ours we used bits of raisins/craisins for the eyes and mouth, an orange TicTac for the nose, skinny pretzel sticks for the arms, a Hershey's kiss for a hat, and red licorice laces for a scarf. We used vanilla frosting as "glue" to stick things together.

  10. Jennie Bender
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    So cute, my preschoolers will love it! Thanks for the idea!

  11. Anonymous
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    We used plastic drinking straws instead of skewers, that made them safer for the two year old…

  12. Rosa Rood
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Love it!
    Searching for other paint ideas..but I'll try these snowmans !!

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