a couple of weeks ago, my buddy lilcee sent me a link to a blogger who'd made s'mores pops. i love marshmallows. i love chocolate. and i love stuff on a stick. so i had to make some for book club, where i'd be surrounded by people who'd appreciate them as much as me.
but because you know i always have to do shit the hard way, i thought they'd be extra delicious if i did the pops with homemade marshmallows. well, actually, it isn't hard to make them at all, but buying a bag for a buck at the grocery store is probably simpler. except that homemade ones taste SO much better! and so i got up early saturday morning to whip 'em up.
i hate wasting stuff. and so after i'd scraped out the good stuff from my split vanilla bean, i buried the carcass in a pile of sugar, hoping that after a few days it'd soak up the goodness and i'd have a nice little stash of vanilla-infused sugar.
when the pan had chilled sufficiently, i pulled it out of the fridge and pried it out of the pan to cut into cubes, which took a ride in a pile of powdered sugar. extra sweet, less sticky.
but by then, it was late and i was too pooped to make the actual pops. plus, the blog post says they're totally done in about 10 minutes, so i figured i could just make them the next morning. for some reason, i've been waking up pre-7:00 every morning anyway, and so after sliding quietly out of the nice, warm bed, i tiptoed into the kitchen to get it done.
sure enough, the pops were super easy to assemble. and knowing that i only had about 8 friends coming over, i figured a dozen would be plenty (considering the other sweets i'd made as well). after racking my brain as to how to display and serve them, i remembered the plethora of empty starbucks frappuccino glasses we had left over from the bean's birthday bash. a little tissue to make it pretty, and voila:
edible centerpieces! they're the best kind, i say.