These came about mostly my accident. I was trying something else that didn’t work and ended up with these rays of sunshine. My daughter is into unicorns and rainbows now (ah, does a ’80s kid like me proud) so I’m hoping she still is at her next birthday.
See below for written instructions. But if you still need some more rainbow-y marshmallow ideas, use this same method to make unicorn-approved rainbow s’mores dip! It’s amazing. And grown-ups, did you know you can use vodka instead of water here? Check out these vodka-dipped rainbow marshmallow pops.
how to make sparkly rainbow marshmallow kabobs
you will need:*
- bowl of water
- sprinkles or sanding sugar, variety of colors
- wax paper
- lollipop sticks, 12-inch
- paper towels
*I used red, yellow, green, blue and purple sprinkles. In the updated version, I also use pink instead of red, and I add orange. Find 12-inch lollipop sticks in the craft store or online.
step one: add sprinkles to marshmallows
Have ready a bowl of water, a paper towel, an empty bowl or plate, an open container of any color sprinkles and a piece of wax paper. Skewer a marshmallow at one of the flat ends with a toothpick. Use the toothpick to hold the marshmallow, submerge the marshmallow fully in the water quickly, and remove. Dab the excess water on the paper towel, hold the marshmallow over the empty bowl and sprinkle generously with sprinkles to entirely coat the marshmallow. Carefully remove the marshmallow from the toothpick and set on a piece of wax paper to dry. Let dry several hours. Repeat with more marshmallows in the different colors.
These are gorgeous! I’m wondering if it would work with miniature marshmallows and then put them in a clear bag as a take home party favor.
Love that idea, Melissa! I bet you could use a spray bottle to spritz all the marshmallows with water then shake them with sprinkles in a bag! Adorable…
How did you get the sugar to be colored?!
Hi Melinda, I just used store-bought sanding sugar. It comes in every color of the rainbow! 🙂
When I do crafts, I do them for A LOT of kiddos with my clinic (like 100-200). We like to do them for holidays. I loved this craft! I used kabob skewers (much cheaper and longer, too!) instead of lolipop sticks, was able to put 6 or more marshmallows on them and didn’t really need the crisco. Also made my own sprinkles with some food coloring and everyday sugar (and some muscle)in all the colors I wanted. Put the colored sugar in ziploc and shook each marshmallow after it was wet. Worked fairly well, especially for a bunch of kids. And the kids really love how bright and tasty the craft was. Definately recommend!
Love them! Super cute and colorful! 🙂 Where can you get sanding sugar?
Hi Gaby, You can use any sprinkles! I get mine at the craft store.
My son is 13 and his favorite sweet thing is marshmallows. We ALWAYS have them in the house. This will be a MUST DO once I get some Crisco at the store!!! He’ll have a fabulous time doing this. Thank you for posting.
I want to know how did you make the sugar coloring using food coloring? I also have to make more than 40 pieces…
Hi Yanilka! Nope. I just purchased different colors of sprinkles at the craft store. The finer the sprinkle the better. It may also be called “sanding sugar,” but any will work!
Hello, what kind of crushed candies are you using ? skittles ? thanks
these are just different colors of sprinkles, found in the craft store. I have done this with ground skittles, too, though!
My daughter and I made red, white and blue crackers for July 4th. She had a blast! Although we rolled the marshmallows instead.
Yay, thank you Audra! And great idea :).
I love these! I plan to make them for my daughter’s rainbow Hello Kitty party this weekend. I have question though… can I make these a few days in advance? I’m afraid of the marshmallows getting hard.
Hi Tahra, You CAN make them ahead of time, but I would say only 1 to 2 days. The water/sprinkle combo creates a sort of barrier around the marshmallow which keeps it soft inside, however, after they dry (an hour or so), line a large, flat tupperware container with a paper towel and place them in there, and seal. I’ve also just stuck them in gallon ziplocs and they last a couple days.
Hey. Im doing these for a dr seuss party. Can i use koolaid too ?
Hi Shaunda, You can dye marshmallows with KoolAid, but these are made by dipping in water, then in sprinkles, so the koolaid would dissolve. You can try brushing the marshmallows with light corn syrup and then adding Koolaid, but it may dissolve. However, I still think it would look cool dissolved!
Hi. Has anyone tried roasting these after adding the sugar? I thought they would be pretty on a s’mores bar for a wedding.
Hmm, that’s a great question Pam! I haven’t, so I’m not sure how it would work, but I think definitely worth testing!
Rebecca A Woosley says
Great way to use up leftover cotton candy floss.
If you use cotton candy floss does the marshmallow keep the floss flavor?
Hi LaTarshia! I’m not sure, I haven’t tried cotton candy. However, if you attach cotton candy to the marshmallows, keep in mind it will dissolve pretty quickly. But that might be a great effect!