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Giant chocolate dipped marshmallows - the perfect giveaway treat to make with kids.  Simple steps and people love 'em!

Giant Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

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!




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Janssen is a former librarian and avid reader who is always maxing out her library card. She now stays at home with her two-year-old daughter (with another girl on the way) and blogs about books for readers of all ages, her favorite recipes, and parenting adventures at Everyday Reading.