Monday, October 10, 2011

PinterTest #1

This weekend I've been a pinning fool, on Pinterest constantly. I have many things pinned that I want to get to, but I was looking for something fast and easy since I had to work this weekend. I'm trying to participate in Jessica's PinterTest Kitchen, which seems to basically be an online Pinterest party. Fun, right?!

Well, it was fun, until I realized what a failure it turned out to be. I decided to make these caramel chocolate dipped marshmallows! They looked fun and easy and I could put Fall-colored sprinkles on them to make them seasonal.

After working all morning at church and having lunch with friends, we hit up the Target and got all the supplies.

Looking good already right? Started melting the caramel for the first step...

Dipped the marshmallows into the caramel and let them sit... so pretty!

Started to melt the chocolate and prep the caramel covered marshmallows. Realized this wasn't going to go well when I couldn't get the caramel to come off the parchment paper (The instructions called for butter-greased wax paper, I think. that's me, thinking I can not follow directions and still get beautiful results. Apparently I was wrong.).

First mistake- bought the wrong kind of caramel AND chocolate. Of course I didn't know that until after I was too far into the process. Sadness.

The chocolate seized up and wouldn't melt. Added milk to it to thin it out. NOT the proper thing to do. Added a pat of butter and lots of tablespoons of water. Better decisions on my part than the milk. It looked gross but it was chocolate-- it had to taste good right? Harumphiedoodle!

This is what they turned out to be. So NOT AT ALL the pretty image on Pinterest. Also, I couldn't find Fall sprinkles which I was VERY disappointed about. Lots of Halloween sprinkles, but nothing generically autumnal.

Went BACK to work, hating that I did this instead of hanging out with the hubby on the couch, enjoying the Sunday afternoon that we actually had a second to relax. In the meantime, hoping these would magically become blessed by the Lord and become wonderful instead of horrible.

I came home from work last night to find I couldn't get them off the plate hardly to even try them, so into the trash they all went. Very bad. I want to try again with the right caramel and chocolate, and follow the directions properly next time.

However, I think I'll wait a little bit until I do this again. If you try these, let me know how it goes. Seems like it should be a piece of cake, but it definitely was not.


{cuppakim} said...

aw such a bummer. you are so brave to try though. so many recipes that look messy i won't even LOOK at.

frustrating that you need specific types of stuff too!

oh well...onto the next test kitchen, right? :)

Jan said...

I think they look amazing and love that you joined in that challenge (even if your idea bombed). I'm sorry they all ended up in the trash and you missed out on time with the hubby. :( Don't let it discourage you to trying this again.