On a recent outing to a friend's house, her son invited me to share a cup of hot cocoa with him, marshmallows required. As he finished off his hot cocoa, he fetched the marshmallows from the bottom of his cup with his hands, making for a happy kid and a messy face. Though I couldn't help but laugh hysterically (sorry Kamber!), he was unintentionally making a great point - marshmallows always end up at the bottom of the cup.
Which got me thinking that there has to be a better way to add delicious marshmallows to your cocoa. The result? Hot cocoa stir sticks!
- Candy canes, broken at the crook, or peppermint sticks
- Candy chocolate, white
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Arrange marshmallows on wax paper.
- Using a spoon, make a hole on top of the marshmallow and insert the candy cane.
- Place candy canes in a plastic bag and crush, then dump into a bowl. If you're using sprinkles, place them in a bowl as well.
- Begin melting your chocolate. Place the chocolate into a microwave safe dish and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each. You don't want to microwave the chocolate for too long or it will begin to burn. The optimal temperature is right around 100 degrees F, so use a candy thermometer if you have one!
- Dip each marshmallow into the chocolate and then coat with crushed candy cane or sprinkles.
- Set back on the wax paper to harden.
- When they're done, make a cup of hot cocoa and use the stirrers for flavor.
If you're having a hard time getting the candy cane to stick in the marshmallow, dip the end of it in the white chocolate first. Once it hardens, it should stay in much easier.
Now sit back and relax with the peace of mind that your kids no longer need to stick their hands in the hot cocoa!