Really?! Another recipe??
Since my nutella and banana wontons post was (and is) by far my most popular blog post, I thought it would be good to post another simple yet delicious recipe for all who care to read. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
A few days ago, a friend of mine posted a photo of herself on Facebook with a delicious-looking dessert: a marshmallow covered in chocolate and crushed peppermint, on the end of a peppermint stick. Seeing as I LOVE all three of those ingredients, I knew I had found a winner.
Plus, with my limited cooking skills, recipes with simple instructions and few ingredients (read: idiot-proof) are my favorite kind.
So, after visiting five stores (yes, five!) in search of peppermint candy canes, two friends and I finally acquired our ingredients and set to work.
To start, you need four things:
Peppermint candy canes, regular-sized
Peppermint candy canes, mini (or more regular-sized ones would work, too)
Chocolate chips (we used both dark chocolate and milk chocolate)
To prepare for marshmallow-making…
1. Place wax or parchment paper on cookie sheet.
2. Stab mini candy canes into marshmallows. The hooked ends are very useful for holding the marshmallow while you make the dessert… and while you eat it! Plus, you get to eat the holder 😉
3. Crush regular-size candy canes. We did this by unwrapping them, breaking them into fragments, wrapping these in wax paper, and smashing them with a rolling pin. (You want to create small chunks rather than just crush them into powder.) Then put all the broken pieces into a bowl.
4. Melt chocolate chips in microwavable bowl. We did this in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each one, until the chocolate was completely melted.
Then, when your ingredients are prepared… get to work!
1. Grab a marshmallow by the candy-cane handle and coat the outside and bottom surfaces in melted chocolate.
2. Then cover the chocolate coating with crushed peppermint.
3. Finally, place your finished marshmallow on the wax paper.
And… that’s it! You’re done! Easy enough, right?
Make all the marshmallows you want until you run out of ingredients (in our case, this meant 51 marshmallows… did we go a little overboard? Perhaps). Then let the chocolate on the marshmallows harden for a couple of hours before eating.
Wait… seriously, who am I kidding? Grab a finished marshmallow and take a bite.
This recipe is pretty simple, so I can’t think of many suggestions for improvement. Maybe you could speed up the candy cane-crushing process by placing the broken pieces in a blender for multiple two-second bursts? Not sure, since we didn’t try this. But it might be worth a try if your blender is strong enough.
Overall, the recipe was super easy and quite decadent. I ate one marshmallow for breakfast this morning (shhh, don’t tell my mother), and it was amazing! Thank you to Ilana and Caity for trying out the recipe with me. I look forward to hearing my extended family’s feedback when they taste the marshmallows tomorrow on Christmas day… and I can’t wait for more cooking experiments in the future!
Merry Christmas to all… thank God for Jesus, who on His birth day was given to us as an earth-shaking, life-altering, absolutely astounding, beyond wonderful gift. He is the One by whom we are set free from sin and death and given true life as new creations in Christ.
Thank you God for every other gift you give us, too… especially marshmallows.