We started off with wooden skewers, marshmallows, Oreos, pretzel sticks, Tic Tacs, candy melts, chocolate frosting, Rolos and Fruit by the Foot.
For the happy snowmen I used this idea as a jumping off point.
I liked this project because Hannah could help at almost every step. She skewered the men, unwrapped the Rolos, put the noses in and kept up a running dialog of how great of a job I was doing on the faces.
I took a bunch of pictures of the process but honestly, it is pretty easy to figure out just by looking at the end result. It's a little hard to see the hats but trust me, they are super cute too. We made them by sticking a Rolo to an Oreo with a little bit of chocolate frosting.
HOW CUTE IS THAT?!
Here's another one.
The melted snowman on the other hand were a little more difficult. Here's where I got the idea.
Make sure you use a pan with high sides. You're going to want to cover them with foil so they don't brown up too much in the oven... because yellowish brown snow does NOT look like something you want to put in your mouth. Bake them at 400 degrees for about 9 minutes.
When they come out of the oven they are going to be HUGE!
Don't worry. Let them sit a bit and they'll deflate into nice, melted snowy lumps.
Add a head with a face, a hat, some pretzel arms and a Fruit By The Foot scarf and... voila!
I piped on the face using candy melts in a pastry bag. Next time I'll use mini chocolate chips or sprinkles and stick them on with Karo syrup. Not sure what I'll do for the mouth. The great thing about using candy melts is that they harden up nicely the down side is that it is hard to control... as you can see in some of my jacked up buttons.
We used orange Tic Tacs for the noses. Cut a little hole in the marshmallow to stick in the nose. After we ran out of Tic Tacs we cut up an orange fruit chew. I liked the fruit chew look a little better but they were harder to work with.
When the melted snowmen came out of the oven there was a lot of steam under the foil. Be careful. Also, next time I'd do less in a pan, space them out some, they stuck together when they cooled. (Although, they pulled apart pretty well and we still used them.)
The hats started off with mini Oreos but they looked more like a Shriner's fez than a snowman hat so we switched them out for regular sized Oreos (just one side of the sandwich) and they turned out great. Chocolate icing held it all together.
Some of the heads started sliding off the melted snowman bottoms once we put the hats on... it still looked cool.
That's about it. This was a great project. Fun to do with kids and super easy.