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Meringue is easy to form when wet but holds its shape after baking, so it's ideal for creating pastries in fanciful shapes. Chef Michel Richard, of Citronelle in Washington, D.C., uses meringue to build these charming snowmen, which are filled with chocolate mousse and decorated with marzipan hats and scarves.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, December 2000
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  • CamilleEngelArt
    4 DEC, 2013
    I taped this episode on my VCR in 2000. I made these adoraable Meringue Snowmen for two different dinner parties (followed the recipe) and I received RAVE reviews from my guests. Thank you! My friends call me "Martha Stewart of the South" because of my themed parties. Until I discovered my gift for oil painting, my creative energies went toward my food and parties. I was a charter subscriber to MS Living and have each magazine filed by month for easy party reference. I LOVE YOU, MARTHA! :)
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  • RebeccaTRose
    19 JAN, 2011
    I made these, they were super adorable, but I used Wilton's meringue powder, rather than the fresh eggs. I believe lots of bakeries use this instead. It is very stable and dependable. Also, for a cheaper way to do hats, take tootsie rolls and shape into little stove pipe tops, take a toothpick, dip into chocolate, set onto wax paper and swirl around to make a brim. Once they set up, peel off paper, and you have a hat. I used red fruit roll ups for scarves, marzipan dries out too much.
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  • RebeccaTRose
    19 JAN, 2011
    I made these, they were super adorable, but I used Wilton's meringue powder, rather than the fresh eggs. I believe lots of bakeries use this instead. It is very stable and dependable. Also, for a cheaper way to do hats, take tootsie rolls and shape into little stove pipe tops, take a toothpick, dip into chocolate, set onto wax paper and swirl around to make a brim. Once they set up, peel off paper, and you have a hat. I used red fruit roll ups for scarves, marzipan dries out too much.
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  • xtricks
    8 DEC, 2010
    for folks having trouble: add 1.5 tsp cream of tartar. do not store meringe in the fridge, it makes it 'weep' moisture. also, if you are not going to fill the snowmen, then you need to bake them around 1 hr, then turn off the heat and let them sit a while in the hot oven as it cools to harden all the way through. Also, making meringes in a high humidity area is harder.
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  • dsava
    7 DEC, 2009
    how to make hats: roll a rope out of marzipan and cut into sections - depends on how tall you want the hats - dip into chocolate - smear the chocolate dipped sections in a circle to make the brim - dry and attach
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  • MS11516163
    29 DEC, 2008
    I think these directions are wrong. I remember the two cups of sugar being added all at once...not just 1/4th cup and the rest folded in later. And the instructions for the hat are incomplete, it only tells how to make the bottom disk for the hat and not the top.
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  • uniquelysexy
    27 DEC, 2008
    I made them as directed, but it was a total disaster! They never set, they were very sticky like marshmallows. I don't know what could have happened. My kiddies were so sad that i couldn't make them. So i made them some yummy snowmen sugar cookies instead. If anyone can tell me what the trick is to make them, i would really appreciate it!
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  • Danydawg
    25 DEC, 2008
    I was so excited to try these snowmen! They looked easy and fun to make. Complete melted snowmen disaster! My mother had to rescue my Christmas dessert with cherry pies. They never set-up. I was so dissapointed. My husband even tried humor by telling me they just looked like spring time snowmen! I am going to try them again with some cream of tarter. Wish me luck!
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  • Keole24
    18 DEC, 2008
    Thank You so much Null,I'm going to try to make them tonight for my Twin girls. Happy Holidays...
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  • Keole24
    18 DEC, 2008
    Thank You Null,so much I'm going to try and make them tonight for my twins. Happy Holidays.
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