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Cute Pre-Halloween Dessert: Edible Snails

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

Edible Snails
From Kraft Foods

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

  1. Mix gelatin and water in medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 1-1/2 min.; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  2. Set aside 12 of the marshmallows.
  3. 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.
  4. Refrigerate 45 min. or until set.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Serve on top of a bowl of chocolate pudding and enjoy!

Makes 12 snails.

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