2. If you have long lollipop sticks you can cut them in half and just poke the "cut" end into a marshmallow.
3. Holding the marshmallow by the stick, dip the top portion of the marshmallow into your melted chocolate. You have to kind of swirl it around but be careful not to drip it. I often didn't like the coverage from dipping it and used a small knife to spread some extra chocolate around.
4. Use your edible pen to paint the eye, patch and mouth.
5. Stick your pop in a foam base or something else where it can dry without getting smudged.
We made these for a pirate birthday party so if you just want some pirate fun, then you don't need the optional ingredients listed. These are fairly easy to make but still a little time-consuming, especially if you want them to look perfect for a party. I had my 7-year-old daughter and her friend help with some of them - the bad mistakes they got to eat and the less-than-perfect ones were put in the back. There is another way to make them, but I thought using the candy melts was a lot easier.
Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.