Notice that this only takes one half bag of fall colored M&Ms. They only come in the big bag so don’t look for a little one. If you can’t find the fall colors, you’ll have to pick out the brown and yellow and orange ones from a regular mix. And that also means you’ll have to buy a big bag so there is enough. You know what to do with the leftovers to keep them from going stale. You are welcome!
You can wipe butter on a couple of tablespoons and use them to drop the candy mixture on waxed or parchment paper. Once the mixture has cooled enough to touch comfortably, I prefer to smear a bit of butter or margarine on finger tips and get hands on with it. It’s easier to shape and work by hand, I think. By working quickly the M&Ms will hold their shape. As you go along, the longer they are in the hot marshmallow mix the M&Ms will start to melt and the hard shell crack. This adds to the Smashed Frog vibe.
I’ve made tags to use for your Smashed Frogs. There are small ones to put on favor packets of one or two Smashed Frogs as take home favors. There is a large one to label a plate full. Click here for the printable tags.
I know it’s practically heresy but I like these better than the crispy rice and marshmallow mix. It’s much less dense so doesn’t seem as sweet. I’m not the only one. Grandma used to make these at Christmas time using Red Hots (cinnamon candies or cinnamon imperials) to make bright red berries on the green candy “holly wreath”. That was one of the most requested candies from the grandkids when we compiled a book of her recipes for a birthday one year. So you can say family approved by popular demand. Omit the M&Ms and substitute a cup of Cinnamon Imperials and you have a Christmas treat like this:
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