Here's what you need:
~ Package of large marshmallows
~ 14 oz package of traditional caramels (unless you want to make your own caramel)
~ Approximately 1/2 cup of sugar (preferably with larger granules)
~ Orange food coloring
~ Your choice of chocolate for melting (you need approximately 1/4 cup)
~ Large wooden skewers cut down to approximately 6 inches
(Warning: cut off and discard or re-purpose the pointed tip. We don't want the kiddies to
get a sharp surprise!)
~ You will also need parchment paper and a small plastic baggie
These measurements are enough to make approximately 12 Tiger Tails
Step 1: Coloring the Sugar and Other Preparation
Place three marshmallows on the skewers by pushing the skewer through the middle of each. If you haven't done so already, cut the skewer down to 6 inches and make sure the pointed tip is gone.
Step 2: Melt the Caramels
Side note: I also spray the pan with a non-stick spray to help in cleanup (not sure if it really helps, but I figure it couldn't hurt!). To clean my pan, because caramel is sticky and sometimes hard to clean off, I just boiled water in the pan to remove most of the caramel.
Okay, let's put some tails together.
Step 3: Dipping and Rolling
At this time, take a fork and make sure the sugar is broken up and not sticking together.
Grab a skewer and spoon the melted caramel over the entire surface of the marshmallows. Let the excess caramel drip off into the pan- this also lets the caramel cool just a bit.
Now, roll your caramel coated marshmallows in the sugar. Spoon some on the hard to get areas if needed and make sure you get some sugar on the ends of the marshmallows. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate.
Stir your caramel and continue to dip and roll.
Step 4: Adding the Chocolate Tiger Stripes
Let the treats cool down for an hour or two before enjoying.
If you desire, you could also had some stripes of white chocolate. Another possibility is to make these coordinate with various holidays. With St. Patrick's Day coming up in March, you could use green colored sugar and maybe decorate with minty chocolate.