Turn store bought marshmallow squares into these cute, crunchy, chocolatey S’mores Starfish.
They’ll add a touch of whimsy to any summertime party.
If you are looking for a simple summer treat that is super adorable, you’ve got to make these S’mores Starfish.
During my first year of blogging, I made a batch of homemade marshmallows and turned them into Starfish S’mores and they became an instant hit.
Homemade marshmallows are amazing. If you’ve never tried them, I encourage you to make a batch. I do realize, however, that you may not have the time or want to go through the effort of making marshmallows from scratch so that you can make these sweet treats, so I have come up with an easier method.
You’ll use Kraft’s Jet-Puffed S’moreMallows. They are flat, square marshmallows that you can find at the grocery store. They are made specifically for s’mores and are the perfect size and shape for these starfish.
You simply cut the marshmallows into stars, dip in pure chocolate or candy melts, coat in graham cracker crumbs and add two candy eyes.
Your beach will be swimming in them before you know it. Each bag of S’moreMallows has 30 marshmallows, so you can make 60 starfish of varying sizes which is great for a party. If you only want a few for the kid’s afternoon snack, you can do that too.
I’m making a whole bunch to serve at a party along with some Crunchy Chip and Dip Chicken Patty Starfish.
To make the s’mores starfish, you’ll want to cut the marshmallows into stars. You can hand cut them, but that will take forever, so I suggest you grab some star shaped cookie cutters. You can use a variety of sizes from 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches. Grease them well with butter, then start cutting.
To make the starfish more realistic looking, cut each star shaped marshmallow in half to make them thinner. It’s easiest to do this with some buttered kitchen shears.
Melt and temper some pure dark chocolate or melt some candy melts and dip the marshmallows into the candy. Remove and allow the excess to drip off, then toss in graham cracker crumbs. It’s easiest to do this using a dipping fork. I love Wilton’s new dipping forks because they are nice and wide and hold these stars perfectly.
Note: For detailed instructions on melting chocolate or candy melts, see my Chocolate Making Tips page.
Allow the marshmallow star to sit in the crumbs for about a minute. If you want, you can pinch the pointed ends to give them a less rounded shape. Lift the marshmallow out of the crumbs using a clean dipping fork or kitchen fork and set on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Continue dipping and coating until you’ve made as many starfish as you need.
To add candy eyes, brush off any excess graham cracker crumbs in the area you’d like to add the eyes, then use a dab of chocolate to attach two eyes to each starfish.
If you are serving these at a beach themed party, get creative and make a beach out of cookie crumbs or brown sugar sprinkled over a piece of ocean scrapbook paper. Set the starfish all over the beach and allow your party guests to pick them up off the beach.
- butter for greasing star shaped cookie cutters
- 1 bag Jet-Puffed S'moreMallows (30 square marshmallows)
- 12 ounces dark chocolate or dark candy melts
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs from about 12 graham crackers
- 120 small candy eyes
- Grease small 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inch star shaped cookie cutters with butter.
- Cut marshmallows with star shaped cutters.
- Cut stars in half to make 2 thin stars.
- Melt and temper dark chocolate, if using pure chocolate, or melt candy melts.
- Dip a marshmallow star in chocolate then coat with graham cracker crumbs.
- Set dipped marshmallow on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and allow to dry.
- Repeat, creating 60 starfish.
- Attach two candy eyes to each using the remaining chocolate.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Items used to create this project can be found on amazon.com (commission earned for sales)