My dad is a huge Star Wars fan, and growing up he would take my brothers, sister, and I to see every new release. I always loved getting lost in the action and imagery, and for a few hours I would pretend that I too was in a galaxy far, far away…
When it comes to the latest film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi introduces quite possibly the cutest creatures of all. Turn the adorable porgs into your very own homemade marshmallows! They’re perfect as a little treat or floating on top of a mug full of your favorite hot cocoa.
For more Star Wars magic, try these Chewie Chews and Blue Milk:
Porg Hot Cocoa
- Porg template
- Cardstock or regular paper
- 1/4 bag orange candy melts
- 1 tsp vegetable oil (if needed)
- 1 2-ounce container orange sanding sugar
- 1 2-ounce container gray sanding sugar
- 2 small zip-top bags
- 24 large, round black sprinkles
- Black decorating icing
- MARSHMALLOW COATING:
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp light corn syrup
- Pinch of salt
- Candy thermometer
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 piping bags
- 1/2-inch round piping tip
- Large, round piping tip (#12)
All cutting should be done by an adult.
Print porg template on cardstock.
Melt the orange candy melts by heating in the microwave in 30-second intervals at 50% power until smooth, stirring between each set. You can add a little vegetable oil if they’re lumpy once completely melted.
Place the porg template under a piece of wax paper, and use a toothpick to draw the feet with the orange melts. Set aside to harden.
Prep your sanding sugars by placing each color in a separate small zip-top bag. Cut a tiny corner off of each and set aside (placing upside down so they don’t pour out).
Prep 2 piping bags by fitting one with a large, round tip and the other with the 1/2-inch round tip. Lay a piece of wax paper over a baking sheet. Combine the marshmallow coating ingredients in a bowl, and lightly sift the mixture over the wax paper. This will make the marshmallow not so sticky. Set aside.
Pour 1/3 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer, and stir in the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soften while you make the syrup.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/4 cup water, light corn syrup, and salt. Stir, and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Turn the heat up to high, and continue to cook (without stirring) until the syrup reaches 240° F on a candy thermometer.
With the mixer on low, slowly pour the syrup into the softened gelatin. Gradually increase the speed to high, and whip until soft peaks form and hold their shape, about 8-10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, and whip just until it is incorporated.
Transfer the marshmallow to the 2 prepared piping bags. You can place the porg template underneath the wax paper (with the marshmallow coating) on your baking sheet as a guide.
Using the bag with the 1/2-inch tip, pipe a large circle for the body, and then a smaller one on top for the head. Use the piping bag fitted with the smaller, round tip to make the wings. If you are left with any lumps or peaks on the marshmallow, you can lightly wet a clean finger and smooth out the marshmallow. You want to work quickly before the marshmallow begins to set, so only pipe 2 at a time, and then add the decorations.
To decorate, start with the orange sugar and carefully pour it in a pattern similar to the tutorial image. Then pour the grey sugar over the wings, edges of the body, and top of the head of each porg.
Add a large, round sprinkle to each side of the face for eyes, placing them just over the orange sugar, and then place 2 of the candy melt feet at the bottom.
Allow the marshmallows to set, uncovered, for at least 7 hours or overnight.
Use decorating icing to pipe the mouths and nostrils onto the porgs.
Carefully unpeel the marshmallows from your baking sheet. You can lightly coat any sticky areas with the marshmallow coating mixture. Then place a few in a mug filled with your favorite hot cocoa and enjoy! (Store any leftover porgs in an airtight container.)