Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cocoa Candy Cane Marshmallows

If you're wondering what to do with leftover candy canes, these hot chocolate toppers might be the answer. The original recipe (from Better Homes and Gardens) called for a powdered sugar mixture to adhere the crushed candy cane, but I thought I'd try dark chocolate instead. They were so simple to make and I ended up making almost three dozen; we enjoyed them with hot chocolate after the belated Christmas dinner we had over the weekend. I also wrapped some up in cellophane and made labels (the perfect opportunity to test out my new Xyron sticker maker). I've been playing with other presents too - the cake dishes my little brother gave me and the light tent that Brett built for me. I have these two guys to thank for the photo results above. With out further ado, here's the recipe (you can download the labels here too if you like):

Ingredients: 30 large marshmallows (about half a standard bag), approximately 3 ounces of dark chocolate, 10 standard size candy canes
Instructions: {1.} Enclose candy canes in a sturdy sealed bag and crush using a rolling pin. Place crushed candy canes in a small dish. {2.} Completely melt 3 ounces of dark chocolate in in a small dish. {3.} Dip each marshmallow in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off, and roll in crushed candy canes. {4.} Place on a wax-paper-covered baking sheet. Briefly refrigerate - only as long as it takes the chocolate to harden, then store in an airtight container.

34 comments:

Amy Esther said...

Yummy! Looks delicious! And your pictures are gorgeous as always... I'm so jealous of your style! How does it always come out looking sweet and bright?

bettyninja said...

These look fabulous! And some what easy too- no double boilers and candy thermometers. I must try!

Char said...

OH!! what a wonderful idea. I will have to try that. I bet it would be great with english toffee bits too.

the photographs are gorgeous - especially the first one that I just love.

Robin said...

I love marshmallows but alas I hate candy canes or anything peppermint.

Soon, Then said...

Whoa. That makes for some great pictures, but I can't seem to drink hot chocolate without getting a stomach ache so I will just enjoy all the decadence from a distance. Pretty!

PamperingBeki said...

We make peppermint bark. And chocolate dipped marshmallows. But it never dawned on me to combine the two! I love it!

Great job.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

oh how darling!! love it!! thanks so much for sharing!! Happy New year!! hugs!! Britt :-)

Grace@PoeticHome said...

What beautiful images -- and such a delicious sounding recipe! I'm all for easy yet yummy treats, and I can't wait to try out your suggestion.

I wish you a very splendid and happy New Year Livy!

Miss Muffin said...

Wow, this looks to delicious! I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Miss Muffin

Lin Walker said...

Just discovered your "A Field Journal." And subscribed! This was a lovely presentation - thank you for sharing.

Frida said...

Yummy! Thos looks really great. Love your blog even though I'm Swedish and don't understand everything.

Petite Ace of Spades said...

Oh my ! I just stumbled across your blog and am feeling a little dizzy ...
So magnificent ! I'll definitely be back !

-:- Happy New Year -:-
x x x
___mathyld___

leptitpapillon said...

Waahh!! Pretty blog!!
I discovered your blog thanks to:
Creature Comforts
Happy 2009!

Heather said...

I LOVE IT! It's so beautiful...what a great idea!

Tiffani said...

Perfect! I made some a few days after you posted this and they were great to give away to several families we were visiting. Not onyl do you create beautiful things, you take such beautiful photos of your creations!!!

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Elaine said...

What a clever idea.....I love it and I am going to make them very soon. I know my family will like these...also going to put a reminder in my holiday file so I won't forget thse next year. Thanks.
Elaine

Gabriel's Aunt said...

Yummy!!!! I have to try this!

jenni d said...

I am going to have to make some of these for sure! Thanks for the info and recipe. May I ask you a question....what program did you use to create the labels for the marshmallows? I am wanting to make some cute labels for an upcoming party for my little one. Thanks. Jen

Livy said...

Hey Jenni,
I used photoshop elements to make the labels, but they're pretty basic, so my feeling is that they could be managed in other programs if you don't have photoshop.

Best of luck with the party, sounds fun!

iartaday.com said...

these look so amazingly fantastic that i'm going to go FIND candy canes to try and make them!

Michelle @Everyday Celebrating said...

Love this!!!! And great pics with it!

Katie Carter said...

Your blog is beautiful!!! It is going to become one of my daily reads : ) This is such a great idea for left over candy canes, how cute, now I'm craving a hot cup of cocoa with one of these delights!!

Jenni said...

This is an amazing idea!

Lars said...

Very nice...I like your photography treatments, they look well-thought-out and delicious. The site is very bright on my monitor...almost sunglasses....oh that's better...required.

Lars

Anonymous said...

I love your photos! looks delicious :)

Kelly Gray said...

Thanks for posting this!! I made these this year and they were a HUGE hit :) LOVE THEM !

Sue Sparks said...

So simple, but so festive and fabulous!

Ginger said...

Fabulous recipe love the printable tag thank you for sharing it with us!!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Totally want to make bags of these to go with homemade cocoa mix to give as gifts!

Thanks for sharing--love it!

Bridget said...

Couldn't download the page with the labels. Anyone else with that problem. Anyway that could be remedied. I think it is adorable and wanted to make for Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I always am trying to find cute gifts to pass out to our church family. This is awesome! I'll pair it up with the mocha cocoa. Thanks so much....

Rachel Nicole Arts said...

GENIUS!! thank you :)

Angell @ Passionate and Creative Homemaking said...

I featured this today on my Christmas in July Celebration

I have a featured button for ya!

http://passionateandcreativehomemaking.blogspot.com/2012/07/day-5-christmas-in-july.html

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