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Friday, July 12, 2013

Sully Fur Balls and Monsters University Pre-Order at Walmart

To celebrate the Pre-Order of Monsters University from Walmart, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® and Disney Pixar, I made Sully Fur Balls as a fun MU-themed dessert! #MUPreOrder #cbias


A few weeks back, I posted a recipe for Monsters University Popcorn Mix that was inspired by the new Disney movie, Monsters University. The idea was to get my kids excited for the release of Monsters University - and it worked. We had a monstrous afternoon full of Monsters University toys, watching Monsters, Inc, and snacking on the popcorn mix while drinking Monsters University themed Juicy Juice boxes. It was great fun and got all of us in Monster-mode!

My kids are huge Pixar fans and the Monsters franchise is no exception. I can't blame them, they get it honestly. Monsters, Inc. was the first Pixar movie I ever purchased - I bought it the day it was released and then raced home to watch it, for the first time. It's crazy to think that it was about 11 years ago that I first found out what a 2319 was...

I already planned on buying Monsters University when it was released, but then I heard that Walmart was doing pre-orders - so I got in line. Literally. :) Let me tell you why it is awesome to pre-order a movie that you already plan on buying...


First, the movie is mailed to you when it is released. That is just too easy-peezy, plus I love getting mail that isn't a bill. Inside the empty Blu-ray box you receive when purchasing the pre-order is a piece of paper with a code on it. All you have to do is go to vudu.com and redeem the code for access to Disney previews and to receive a Collector's Edition of Monsters University which includes a Blu-ray, a DVD and a digital copy that is available only through VUDU.


Second, inlcuded in the box is $8 in Movie Cash that can be used for Monsters University, The Lone Ranger or Planes (releases 8/9/2013) and a $1.50 off coupon for Juicy Juice.


Have you seen the Monsters University themed Juicy Juice boxes? So cute!


And of course, I couldn't help but come up with another Monsters University creation. Have you seen all of the great ideas that are being posted throughout the blogsphere? I am considering throwing my kids a Monsters University birthday party just because I have seen so many awesome creations!!

My husband actually came up with the idea for Sully Fur Balls - I thought it was so darn cute that I picked up the ingredients while picking up our pre-order of Monsters University. If you want to see all the goodies I found at Walmart, check out my Google+ album. There are a couple new items I found that I can't wait to try!


Alright, let's get to baking these Sully Fur Balls!!

First, I colored coconut flakes. I put the flakes in a food processor and added food coloring until they were the colors I wanted.


Next, I baked mini cupcakes, using chocolate cake mix. Any flavor would work since they will be covered up. Notice the one missing? There are a lot of little fingers around here just waiting for sweets to be set out. :)


Then I made a marshmallow creme and coated each cupcake fully. Last, I loaded them with the colored coconut. Since I was worried about the creme setting too fast I didn't take any pictures of this step. Silly me. It won't set for an hour, maybe more.  


Marshmallow Coating
(PRINTABLE RECIPE)
Ingredients
1/2 ounce gelatin powder
10 ounces water, divided
7 ounces light corn syrup
18 ounces sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
1. Combine gelatin and 5oz of water in stand mixer. Mix well with fork to ensure no lumps.
2. In saucepan, combine remaining water, corn syrup and sugar. Heat over high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Bring temperature to 240F, then turn off heat and then let cool to 210F. Add to gelatin mixture. With whip attachment, turn stand mixer on 3 until fully combined - then kick it up to 8 and let it whip until the mixture is fluffy and had at least tripled in size. My stand mixer was on for over 10 minutes - so just let it do the work while you kick back. ;)
3. Use immediately - will set up in about an hour.
*adapted from Serious Eats


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