Monday, April 2, 2012

Marshmallow Rabbit in a Nest

A big part of what I teach people who have just started to use allergy-friendly foods is to learn how to think outside of the box. When you have food allergies, you need to retrain your brain and figure out unique and different ways to utilize the foods that you can eat.

This was my answer to someone bringing in a haystack treat for my son's class a few years ago. Not exactly the same but delicious and well-liked, so you can't beat that.

Step 1: Prepare your ingredients. As you know, using melted chocolate can get very messy very fast. I have found that having all of my ingredients ready and waiting before I start saves a lot of smudges from appearing around my kitchen.

For this project, you will need: 1 small pot, 1 plastic spatula, 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips, 5 Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Bunnies and 1 Bag Gluten Free pretzel sticks (I used Glutino)

Step 2:  Line a cereal bowl with waxed paper. Try to mold the paper around the edges of the bowl and push the middle down to keep it from popping back up as much as possible. The reason for this is to make it easier to lay a base of chocolate pretzels without them being flipped back up.

Step 3:  In a small pot on low heat, melt the chocolate chips. Stir constantly to avoid any burning or overcooking of the chocolate.

Step 4:  Using the melted chocolate as a "cement", cover a pretzel stick and lay it flat on the bottom of the waxed paper-lined bowl. Make the bottom base using 6 chocolate covered pretzel sticks.

Step 5:  Using another chocolate-covered pretzel stick, place the next layer at an angle on the corner of the base. Place one stick on one corner, then one stick on the opposite corner (almost looks like a diamond shape).

Repeat this, making a square. I used three layers of the sticks to make the "walls". If you make it too high, you will not be able to place the marshmallow rabbit into the center easily and you won't be able to see it as well. You may find some of the sticks might slide. Be patient and gently stack them, as they will gradually "glue" together as the chocolate hardens.

Step 6:  Once you are done stacking the pretzels, dip the bottom of the rabbit into the chocolate and then gently place it into the center of the nest. Let cool completely in the fridge or overnight.

Makes 5 nests.

BEWARE!!!! Lurking children will stalk you and rob you of your leftover chocolate! Be prepared to fend them off.

As a Food Allergy Consultant, I am available to help you! If you are interested, please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment in person, through email or over the telephone. I try to make food allergies easier.

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