I had grand ambitions of baking a fancy madeira wine cake for each of my neighbors this year… guess how far I’ve gotten.
I think, instead, I’m going to make a batch or two of these over-sized chocolate marshmallows with the kids and gift a few to each neighbor. I love Janssen’s idea of putting them on a stick and adding them to a decorative bag filled with hot cocoa mix in the bottom!
If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and impressive holiday treat, might I suggest these marshmallows?
They’re a surprisingly gratifying project, and useful in all manner of ways. You can drop them in a cup of hot cocoa to make it instantly special, you can add them to a holiday treat plate for some fun variety, or package them up individually. Also, they are simple for kids to help with and I’ve never met a child who doesn’t like marshmallows (at least none that live in my house).
By the way, I got these extra-large marshmallows at Wal-mart (they are 2+ inches tall), but if you can only find regular large marshmallows, those will work just fine too.
To make, you will need:
- A bag of giant marshmallows
- Dipping chocolate or almond bark
- Crushed candy canes, graham cracker crumbs, sprinkles, and other toppings
- Candy sticks (optional)
Melt your dipping chocolates and stir until smooth. Dip your marshmallows in about 1/4 of the way, then shake off the excess chocolate.
Shake your toppings over the top of the dipped marshmallows, then set on a rack to dry (or stick them in the fridge to harden faster). I find that shaking the toppings over the chocolate (rather than dipping the marshmallow into the toppings) gives you more even coverage and keeps the excess toppings from getting all chocolate-y.
If you’re using them to go along with our hot chocolate bar and spiced eggnog whipped cream, set them all out side-by-side for a pretty and festive display.
Or, add two or three to a treat plate for a teacher or neighbor gift.
Or, my favorite, insert a candy stick in the non-dipped end, put it in a small cellophane bag and tie it off with a ribbon. It’s the cutest party favor and you can add a packet of hot chocolate (or pour some cocoa mix in the bottom of the bag) for an instant gift!
P.S. Looking for more ways to simplify and connect with your family?