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Tiger Tails

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These treats are chewy gooey good!  I first had something like this at a certain amusement park in Anaheim, CA and they were named for a tiger like creature that liked to bounce around.

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

 
 
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Step 1: Coloring the sugar and other preparation

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Place your sugar in a bowl and add a few drops of the orange food coloring.  Mix well with a fork.  Add more coloring in small amounts if needed.  It doesn't take much.  Dump the sugar on a plate and set aside to let dry while you proceed with the next steps.

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

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Melt the caramels according to the instructions on your package.  To melt mine, I placed the caramels in a large saucepan along with two tablespoons of water and then stirred constantly on medium heat.  After the caramels are melted, I turn the heat to low just to keep the caramel warm and workable.

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.


 
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nfceagles3 years ago
Having never had the ones sold in Anaheim (but I've heard of them), can I ask wether they are sugary on the outside or dipped in orange white chocolate? Either way I love this idea, because I've been wanting to try to make some for my dairy allergic son, but I have yet to find a meltable dairy free white chocolate. This solves that problem as long as I make homemade carmel sauce which I can. Thank you!
LAWNMUSIC (author)  nfceagles3 years ago
My daughter seems to think there might be two types that they sell at "the land", so I'm going to try and find out if they use white chocolate at all for you.
LAWNMUSIC (author)  LAWNMUSIC3 years ago
Okay, a little birdie told me that the original ones sold at the park were marshmallows covered in caramel, covered in orange chocolate, and then drizzled with milk chocolate. Then, they started making the variation similar to the one I submitted here. Seems they also have ones that, after coated with the caramel, are then covered in milk chocolate, white chocolate, and sometimes even dark chocolate.

So, in the end, you can see the basic technique here, but you can change it up to whatever your taste buds enjoy or to your family's dietary needs.
Wow, thanks!
mamaoliver3 years ago
How about using small marshmallows on toothpicks? Would that work? Would be less sugars with the same enjoyment?
LAWNMUSIC (author)  mamaoliver3 years ago
You forget that sugar is one of the most important food groups! All I can say is it could possibly work. The only problem I can think of is that the warm caramel does start to soften and melt the marshmallow. So, the small ones might melt away too much. A couple options would be to skewer only one large marshmallow or share the ones like I make with someone.
Right! I didn't think about the hot caramel and marshmallow. I may still try it. Thanks for the reply.
wirecutter3 years ago
Very Delicious indeed ! it will be a grand daughter surprise.
Small tip After putting the marshmallows on the sticks place them in the freezer over night. its something I I use to make up chocolate covered marshmallows and to get a gloss on them used a glass (Pyrex ) beaker with a mix of cooking and normal chocolate plus a SMALL touch of cooking oil and if you are VERY careful melt the mix in the microwave. I then dipped the Marshmallows in using a toothpick or cocktail stick to avoid having scalded fingers, then left to set minus the toothpick on greaseproof paper< It's possible to make about 100 in an hour! The night in the freezer stopped the marshmallow going too gooey and also cooled them down quickly ( That is if you are told late Sunday, that you are expected to provide your child with some thing to take to a bring & buy sale for to morrow morning first thing!!!! )
I had a feeling they looked familiar... haha.
sdfsd23ff3 years ago
looks gross. but maybe its tasty, who knows
LAWNMUSIC (author)  sdfsd23ff3 years ago
Buddy the Elf knows and would tell you these are great. In fact, I think these were his rations as he passed through the seven levels of the candy cane forest and through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops.
trailleadr3 years ago
Cool! I'll definitely try this.
At first glance I thought it was a roasted coconut covering with chocolate drizzle. Which honestly I think I'd like better as this whole thing is just layers of sugar. lol

Thanks for sharing. :)
LAWNMUSIC (author)  trailleadr3 years ago
Usually, I don't like treats with straight sugar coating (peeps, sugar donuts, etc.), but this one works for me for some reason. If you enjoy coconut, I say go for it!
How about rolling in toasted coconut, after the caramel dip~~wouldn't be orange (unless you colored it orange) but tasty.
True, but it doesn't exactly look orange on my screen. Looks more burnt orange/brownish on my screen. lol
SageMinto3 years ago
Those are very cute~ :3
I'd love to try making them.
moshpit67853 years ago
I HAVE THOSE BOWLS!!!!!
cybergod3 years ago
This is getting made next payday for the kids for after school. Hopefully some will be left to take to school the next day? AND NUT-FREE, but I reckon for HOME use some crushed nuts would really add to the experience?
marcintosh3 years ago
Skittles Syndrome - Here I come 8-D
Great stuff.  I can't wait to spring this on unsuspecting parents.  Thanks!!
goblindust3 years ago
These look so nice and simple to make I just have to try some. Maybe a St. Paty's green as you suggest. Great instructions so many thanks for it!
stefnted3 years ago
I got to share in this batch of tiger tails and they were delicious! This instructable is also well done...I look forward to trying this myself. Great job friend!
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