I'm not into making children's food particularly kid friendly. I don't like sandwiches that are cut into cute shapes with cookie cutters, or eggs that are decorated with veggies to resemble a smiley face. However when I saw these adorable edible snails — made from marshmallow and jello — I thought they would make a fabulous pre-Halloween dessert! Kids will especially enjoy these because finally, playing with food is acceptable. They are a fun dessert to bring to a potluck, party, or dinner, so get the recipe now, just
1 pkg. (4-serving size) gelatin, any flavor
1/2 cup warm water
1-3/4 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
24 pieces red string licorice (1 in.)
1/4 cup ready-to-spread vanilla frosting
chocolate pudding, for serving
- Mix gelatin and water in medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 1-1/2 min.; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Set aside 12 of the marshmallows.
- Add remaining marshmallows to gelatin; stir until well blended. Microwave on high 1 min. or until marshmallows are partially melted. Stir with wire whisk until marshmallows are completely melted. Pour into 9-in. square pan sprayed with cooking spray.
- Refrigerate 45 min. or until set.
- Run sharp knife around edges of pan to loosen gelatin layer from pan. Starting at one short end, roll up gelatin layer tightly. Cut into 12 (3/4-inch-thick) strips. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to decorate.
- Unroll each about 1 inch. Stand 1 of the reserved marshmallows on unrolled portion of each spiral for the "snail's body," securing with frosting. Insert 2 pieces of licorice into each marshmallow for "antennae," securing with additional frosting, if desired.
- Serve on top of a bowl of chocolate pudding and enjoy!
Makes 12 snails.