A Spoonful of Sugar Recipe for Mary Poppins Returns
My daughter has a sweet tooth and Mary Poppins is my favorite movie of all time. Until last week, these were two unrelated facts. But now they have something in common!
Related: use these dipped spoons in this recipe for spicy Mexican hot chocolate!
Mary Poppins Returns is coming to theaters in December 2018, and I wanted to make a recipe or activity to share how excited I am about it. Because I am. I mean, watch the first trailer. Then check out the second Mary Poppins Returns trailer and read about who's starring the movie. Now you can be excited, too!
But, back to my daughter's sweet tooth and Mary Poppins. I knew I wanted to share a project with A Spoonful of Sugar that my kids could enjoy. These Spoonful of Sugar dipped cocoa stirrers are the perfect fit!
To be honest, I think that spoonfuls of sugar will hardly get a mention in Mary Poppins Returns. After all, this is not a remake of the original film. But Mary Poppins is still Mary Poppins and the project makes for a fun treat, so I'm not too worried about that 🙂
About this Mary Poppins project
This Mary Poppins project is so simple it can hardly be called a recipe, but the resulting decorated spoons still end up being delightful!
The overall effect has only a tiny bit to do with the few ingredients and it has a lot to do with your dipping and sprinkling “skill.” That's in quotes because all you really need is one hand and a little patience to make these cocoa stirrers. It's definitely something a child could do!
How to make A Spoonful of Sugar Cocoa Stirrers
The process of making dipped cocoa stirrers consists of gathering up some spoons, melting white chocolate, dipping the spoons and sprinkling them with sugar. I have more details than that, but really, it's just so easy for a fun little treat!
To make your own Spoonful of Sugar dipped cocoa spoons you'll need:
- White chocolate or white candy melts
- Shortening or butter
- Sugar in the Raw or another brand of turbinado sugar
- White sugar
- Spoons (metal or plastic)
- Parchment paper
I actually just acquired a variety of spoons from my grandma so I had more than enough to use for this project. She recently moved and somehow a lot of flatware ended up in my possession.
Did I want all of it? Not really. Did it make my grandma happy to know her utensils were in a good home? Yep. Will I be making more cocoa stirrers for a Christmas project in a few months just so I can get rid of spoons (and probably give some back to Gram)? You bet!
Anyway, here's the recipe!
Mary Poppins Spoonful of Sugar Dipped Hot Cocoa Spoons recipe
Spoonful of Sugar Dipped Hot Cocoa Spoons ingredients
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or candy melts
- 1-2 teaspoons shortening
- Less than 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons white sugar
- Edible silver glitter or sparkling white sugar (optional)
Spoonful of Sugar Dipped Hot Cocoa Spoons directions
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips with the shortening at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
- Dip each spoon into the melted white chocolate, so the whole bowl of the spoon is coated. Hold the spoon over the bowl and let it drip from the bottom of the spoon to keep the top looking nice.
- Let the white chocolate set for about a minute before you start sprinkling*
- Gently sprinkle on the turbinado sugar (the bigger sugar crystals) and the optional sparkling sugar, then add a pinch of white sugar to fill in the gaps between the turbinado sugar.
- Place your spoons on the parchment paper to set and lightly dust with edible silver glitter if you want to add a little sparkle.
- Give the finished spoon to your favorite person with a cup of hot cocoa!
*If you start sprinkling on the sugar too soon the sugar crystals will just sink into the melted white chocolate. It's not the end of the world, but honestly, we're already putting sugar on candy here. Try to make the sugar play a decorative role.
A few tips about these Mary Poppins Spoonful of Sugar spoons:
You can put the whole tray of spoons in the fridge after you sprinkle with the sugars if you want the white chocolate to set faster.
I think these dipped cocoa spoons would be really pretty if you put a few in a clear treat bag and tied with a ribbon. The neutral color would make them work for just about any occasion!
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Mary Poppins Returns arrives in theaters everywhere on December 19, 2018. See more details and information about your local showtimes here!
About Mary Poppins Returns
In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss.
Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall and the screenplay is by David Magee. The screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca and it's based upon the Mary Poppins Stories written by PL Travers.
The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.
The author PL Travers first introduced the world to Mary Poppins, as a no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 book “Mary Poppins.” But the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins and friends remained within the seven other PL Travers’ Mary Poppins books…until now. “Mary Poppins Returns” is drawn from the abundance of stories and ideas in these additional books.
The film is set in 1930s Depression-era London, almost 25 years after the original Mary Poppins took place. The grown Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father. He still lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie, along with Ellen, their housekeeper.
Jane Banks continues in her mother’s honor as she campaigns for workers’ rights and offers a helping hand to Michael’s family.
When the Banks family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically returns to their lives. With Jack’s help, she brings joy and wonder back into their home at Cherry Tree Lane.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke appears as Mr. Dawes, Jr., a retired chairman of the bank that's now run by Firth’s character.