Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows for Christmas

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Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows are all dressed up for Christmas. Decorated like a snowman and little mugs of peppermint hot cocoa, these easy treats are fun to make and sweet to eat. Drop one in your mug or hot chocolate, or add them to a Christmas cookie platter!

Need more easy holiday candies? Try Double Chocolate Christmas Fudge and Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark!

A platter of Christmas marshmallows dipped in marshmallows and decorated like snowmen and hot cocoa mugs.

How to Make Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows for Christmas

Chocolate-dipped marshmallows are a fun and easy treat to make for the holidays. They are naturally gluten free, plus they are no-bake and don’t require special decorating skills.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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The basics

  • Marshmallows – any bag of large marshmallows will do. Use your favorite brand, checking they are gluten free, if needed.
  • Melting chocolates – you can use milk, white, or dark chocolate. There are even various colored candy coatings out there. You’ll want to opt for melting chocolate wafers like those from Wilton or blocks of candy coating like CandiQuik. These are tempered so that they cool and harden to a smooth and shiny finish. Baking chocolate and chocolate chips will give you a cloudy coating. Safe to eat, but not as pretty.

Start by melting the chocolate of your choice according to the package directions. You can melt it in a double boiler on the stove. But the microwave is probably the easiest option.

Typically you’ll add the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Then reduce the power to 50% on your microwave and run it in 30-second intervals, stirring each time till all the chocolate is melted. 

Dip the top of each marshmallow into the melted chocolate and decorate as desired.

The decorations

This is where you can have some fun. Use holiday sprinkles, little candy Christmas lights, snowflakes, colored sugar. I love to get a sprinkle assortment pack so I have lots of options.

Even add more flavor with chopped toffee or toasted pecans or coconut.

Or for cute little treats to enjoy all winter long, you can make your marshmallows look like little snowman or mugs of peppermint hot cocoa.

What can you do with Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows?

  • Float them in a mug of hot cocoa
  • Add them to a Christmas cookie platter
  • Package them up in a cookie tin as a gift
  • Use them to decorate vanilla cupcakes
A bunch of chocolate covered marshmallow that look like snowman heads and mugs of peppermint hot cocoa

Snowman Marshmallows

These fun little snowman faces will bring a smile to your face. So simple and sweet, they are the perfect winter treat.

Fingers holding a snowman marshmallow

How to decorate snowman marshmallows

Just dip the tops of your marshmallows in white chocolate and add a little snowman face. You can keep it simple and just add a carrot nose and some coal eyes. Or you can go all out by adding a bowtie, some holly, a hair bow, or anything else you like.

If you check your local Walmart, Target, craft store, or cake decorating supply shop, you might find a kit that has all of the Christmas character decorations you need.

If not, you can find the items individually or use your creativity.

For the carrot nose

For the coal eyes

Other decorations

Marshmallows dipped in white and dark chocolate and decorated like snowmen and mugs of cocoa

Hot Chocolate Marshmallows

It doesn’t get any cuter than these little mugs of hot cocoa. Adorned with a candy cane handle and a rum of crushed peppermint candies, they are such a festive little candy treat.

Hand holding a chocolate-covered marshmallow decorated with candy canes to look like a mug of peppermint hot cocoa

How to decorate hot cocoa marshmallows

Besides the marshmallows and chocolate, all you need are mini candy canes.

Cut off the hook of the mini candy cane and trim it down till it looks like a little handle for a cup. Then chop up the rest of the candy cane and place the bits and pieces in a small bowl.

Dip the top of the marshmallow into the dark chocolate and roll the edge into the chopped candy cane so that it just goes around the rim.

Now dip the ends of the candy cane hooks into the white chocolate and hold it in place on the marshmallow until it is just set enough that you can place it down to firm up completely.

hot cocoa marshmallows and snowman marshmallows on a marble table and wooden serving platter

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Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows are all dressed up for Christmas. Decorated like a snowman and little mugs of peppermint hot cocoa, these easy treats are fun to make and sweet to eat. Drop one in your mug or hot chocolate, or add them to a Christmas cookie platter!
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 5 mins

Ingredients

For the Snowman Chocolate Marshmallows

  • marshmallows
  • ½ cup white melting chocolate
  • Carrot-shaped cake decorations , orange sprinkles, orange fondant, or orange melting chocolate and a piping bag
  • Black sugar pearls
  • Other decorations , if desired

For the Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Mugs

  • mini candy canes
  • marshmallows
  • ½ cup dark melting chocolate
  • ¼ cup white melting chocolate

Instructions

For the Snowman Chocolate Marshmallows

  • Melt the chocolates according to the package directions. If not specified, you can melt gently in a double boiler, Or put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, reduce the power to 50% on the microwave and run it in 30 second intervals, stirring each time till all the chocolate is melted.
  • Dip the top of the marshmallow in the white chocolate and place the candies to make a snowman face. Place the marshmallow on the parchment paper till the chocolate is firmed up.

For the Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Mugs

  • Cut off the hook of the mini candy cane and trim it down till it looks like a little handle for a cup. Set them aside. Then chop up the rest of the candy cane in small and fine bits. Place them in a little bowl.
  • Melt the chocolates according to the package directions. If not specified, you can melt gently in a double boiler, Or put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, reduce the power to 50% on the microwave and run it in 30 second intervals, stirring each time till all the chocolate is melted.
  • Dip the top of the marshmallow into the dark chocolate. Then roll the edges of the dipped marshmallow in your candy cane bits. Try to not get much in the middle of the top of the marshmallow so it looks like a cup of hot chocolate rimmed in candy cane. Hold it and let it firm for a minute.
  • Then dip the ends of the little candy cane hook in the white chocolate and place it on the side of the marshmallow. This you will have to hold for a minute or two till it is firm enough to be laid on parchment paper.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows
Amount Per Serving (1 marshamllow)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 12mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 15mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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