Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

Marshmallows dipped in chocolate
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 30-40 Marshmallows (20 servings)

What's better than a fluffy, sweet marshmallow? A marshmallow coated in chocolate! It's a treat that feels special but only takes a few moments to make.

The light, vanilla-flavored marshmallows pair perfectly with semi-sweet chocolate. Dark or bittersweet chocolate can also be used, and a white chocolate drizzle at the end adds a sophisticated touch. After dipping in chocolate, the marshmallows can be coated in sprinkles, colored sugar, shredded coconut, or small candies like mini M&Ms or crushed peppermint. If you're hosting a party, place the treats on toothpicks or skewers before dipping. This makes coating them in chocolate simple, plus they're easier to serve and eat. They're perfect for a shower or Halloween party.

For a fun family activity, stick the marshmallows with skewers and set up a decorating station with melted chocolate and bowls of candies and sprinkles. Let kids dip the marshmallows and sprinkle with their choice of decorations.

Use purchased marshmallows for a quick and easy treat (just be sure to buy the big ones), or make homemade marshmallows for an extra special dessert. Vanilla marshmallows work great for this recipe, but you can add flavor with almond or peppermint extract, or even make fresh strawberry marshmallows.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 1 bag large marshmallows (or 1 pound homemade marshmallows)
  • Assorted sprinkles or small candies (optional)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

  3. Combine the chocolate chips and the shortening in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave just until melted, stirring every minute.

  4. Drop a marshmallow into the melted chocolate and submerge it. Use a fork to remove it from the chocolate, and tap it against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Drag the bottom of the fork against the lip of the bowl to remove any remaining excess chocolate, and place the marshmallow on the prepared baking sheet. Alternatively, you can skewer the marshmallows with toothpicks or small skewers and use those to dip the marshmallows in chocolate.

  5. If you are using sprinkles or small candies, sprinkle them on when the chocolate is still wet. Repeat with remaining chocolate and marshmallows.

  6. Place the marshmallows in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let the chocolate set up.

  7. If desired, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the marshmallows for a decorative look. Briefly return the candy to the refrigerator to set the white chocolate before serving.

Variations

  • Use bittersweet chocolate chips for a more intense chocolate experience, or use milk chocolate for a sweeter version.
  • After dipping in chocolate, toss in toasted coconut flakes.
  • Sprinkle the coated marshmallows with sea salt for a sophisticated touch.
  • Top with small candies like crushed peppermint candy, mini M&Ms, crumbled Heath bar, or chopped Andes mints.