Sweet Penguins

The cutest little penguins this side of the Antarctic, these candies are as fun to present as they are to make.

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  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 40 min
  • ingredients 5
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

36
pecan halves
6
oz chocolate-flavored candy coating, coarsely chopped
12
large marshmallows
12
miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped
12
pieces candy corn

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. On 1 cookie sheet, arrange pecan halves in 12 clusters of 3 to form base of each penguin--2 face forward for feet and 1 perpendicular across back.
  • 2 In 1-cup microwavable measuring cup or narrow glass, microwave candy coating uncovered on High 45 seconds; stir. Continue heating and stirring every 10 seconds, just until smooth.
  • 3 Insert wooden or metal skewer into one flat side of marshmallow; dip first 1 side, then turn and dip other side into melted chocolate, to look like wings, leaving center of marshmallow white for breast of penguin. Place dipped marshmallow (for body) on top of 1 peanut butter cup candy (for head), using open tips of kitchen scissor or knife to push marshmallow off skewer. Place on other cookie sheet (penguin will be upside down). Repeat with remaining marshmallows and candies. Let stand until chocolate is set, about 5 minutes.
  • 4 Using remaining melted chocolate, spoon a small amount onto each cluster of pecans to hold them together; allow chocolate to set, about 5 minutes.
  • 5 To finish each penguin, turn penguin body and head right side up (candy on top). Attach to pecan cluster, using a small amount of melted candy coating. After about 5 minutes or when set, make small opening in marshmallow with tip of knife at top of breast, and firmly press 1 piece of candy corn in for beak.
  • 1 Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. On 1 cookie sheet, arrange pecan halves in 12 clusters of 3 to form base of each penguin--2 face forward for feet and 1 perpendicular across back.
  • 2 In 1-cup microwavable measuring cup or narrow glass, microwave candy coating uncovered on High 45 seconds; stir. Continue heating and stirring every 10 seconds, just until smooth.
  • 3 Insert wooden or metal skewer into one flat side of marshmallow; dip first 1 side, then turn and dip other side into melted chocolate, to look like wings, leaving center of marshmallow white for breast of penguin. Place dipped marshmallow (for body) on top of 1 peanut butter cup candy (for head), using open tips of kitchen scissor or knife to push marshmallow off skewer. Place on other cookie sheet (penguin will be upside down). Repeat with remaining marshmallows and candies. Let stand until chocolate is set, about 5 minutes.
  • 4 Using remaining melted chocolate, spoon a small amount onto each cluster of pecans to hold them together; allow chocolate to set, about 5 minutes.
  • 5 To finish each penguin, turn penguin body and head right side up (candy on top). Attach to pecan cluster, using a small amount of melted candy coating. After about 5 minutes or when set, make small opening in marshmallow with tip of knife at top of breast, and firmly press 1 piece of candy corn in for beak.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

To keep the chocolate smooth and easy to work with, microwave and stir it from time to time.

Up the cute factor, and display the penguins on a tray covered with sugar cubes or mini marshmallows.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Penguins
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
35mg
35%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
17g
17%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.