Doesn't this just make you smile? Tigger Tails are a Disneyland treat. As far as I know they can only be found at Pooh Corner (by Splash Mountain) at Disneyland. They're basically marshmallows on a stick, covered in caramel, covered in orange-flavored white chocolate, drizzled with semisweet chocolate. Ok, in spirit of full disclosure, they have actually changed the tails so they are now not orange flavored, and they are rolled in orange sugar instead of orange chocolate... kind of like a peep. The disney community is up in arms over this betrayal. They also make cheshire cat tails, which are pink and purple and stinkin' cute. If my 3 year old was a girl, he would SO be having an Alice in Wonderland party for his 4th and I would soooo be making some cheshire tails. But since Disneyland is gonna be all *exclusive*-like about their tigger tails... we're just gonna have to make our own.
Quite honestly, white chocolate and I are not BFF's. I think these would be yummier if they were dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled with fat orange stripes of white chocolate. Less cute, but more delicious. It's a price I'm willing to pay if I ever make these again. White chocolate just doesn't do it for me. But make them however you want.
This recipe makes tails the authentic way. If you want the easy way to make these and slightly less delicious but still super cute way, just replace the white chocolate/orange oil/orange color step with orange candy melts. Your tails won't be orange flavored, but if you're an orange hater maybe you prefer this. You should be able to find all the supplies (sticks, orange oil, orange candy coloring, orange melts... at Hobby Lobby or Michaels in their candy making sections. You will save a lot of money if you buy them locally instead of online. (Especially if you're super cool and get Hobby Lobby's mobile coupons for 40% off an item. And you happen to use one every other day).
-Long lollipop sticks
-1 1/4 cups Kraft caramel bits (Walmart usually has these in the baking aisle, they're just little pearls of caramel so you don't have to unwrap all those squares)
-1 1/2 cups high quality white chocolate
-orange candy coloring (Don't use normal food coloring!! It contains water which will seize your chocolate.)
-1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
First, skewer 4 marshmallows on each stick. This recipe makes about 6 tails. You want the flat round ends to be lined up on the side facing you (see the pic). I think it's cute to stagger your marshmallows a bit too, so it's "tail-shaped". Just stagger the marshmallows off-center on alternating sides as you push them onto the stick. (Look at my picture and compare the second tail on the left to the fourth tail from the left. See how the second one is "wavy"? Just put the stick closer to the left or right side of the marshmallow instead of dead center)
Hold each stick over the bowl and spoon hot caramel all over your stick. When it's completely covered lightly tap against the side of the bowl or just jiggle it a little to get the excess caramel off. You may want to use a spoon to wipe the underside of your tail (gosh that sounds bad) to get some of the excess caramel off so it doesn't pool. Just be sure not to get marshmallow mixed in with your fresh caramel.
Place finished stick onto parchment paper or a silpat on a cookie sheet.
Before dipping the next tail, reheat your caramel for 20 seconds in the microwave (less if it starts bubbling). The hotter it is, the easier it is to coat your marshmallows.
When all the tails are dipped, put your cookie sheet in the freezer 10 minutes to set.
Be sure to use a clean dry spoon every time you taste, not only to be sanitary, but because the tiniest bit of dampness will seize your chocolate.
Place each chocolate dipped tail back on your parchment/silpat lined tray. When all the tails have been dipped, freeze 10 minutes or until firm.
Then, cut the tip off your bag and zig-zag stripes across each tail. Freeze about 5 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!
And now for a bonus...
Here is my oldest munchkin enjoying a Tigger tail. I know you've been dying to see how cute he is.
He's kind of a stud.
No Tiggers were harmed in the making of this treat.