Chocolate-drizzled Marshmallow Hearts
I made a batch for my son’s school Valentine’s Day party (see photo above). I am a room parent for my son’s class, which means I am in charge of planning their party (which I organized with my free sign-up sheet on www.sagepoint.com, of course). I still wanted to contribute something special but did not have time to bake. Perfect!
Here is what you will need. Everything is in the picture below to help you:
- A sheet of wax paper.
- A bag of Campfire-brand pink strawberry & white vanilla heart-shaped marshmallows – Cupidmallows (I found them at Wal-mart).
- Either Dolci Frutta chocolate, or Almond Bark in chocolate, vanilla, or both. (Note: Dolci Frutta is sold in a cylinder container and can be found in the produce department near the fruit, or in the baking aisle. Almond Bark can be found in the baking aisle.)
- Wilton “Sparkle Gel” decorative icing in red sparkle (purple and pink would be great, also). This is found in the cake & cookie decorating areas. Also find it in craft stores.
- Assorted Valentine’s Day sprinkles. I used red sugar sprinkles, and coarse purple and white (clear) sugar sprinkles.
- Toothpicks (1 for every heart you are making)
- A small spatula or spreader
- A pretty serving platter. The one I used in the photo is the ‘Dress Me Up Platter’ from Southern Living at Home, wrapped in hot pink ribbon. Presentation is important: Save the white paper plates for hot dogs.
Open bag of marshmallows and spear each one that you are planning to “chocolatize” diagonally with a toothpick (Cupid’s arrow style). Note that I have an example in the center of the ingredients photo seen below. Meanwhile, follow manufacturer’s package directions for melting either the Dolci Frutta or the Almond Bark.
Pick up your spreader or small spatula and dip into the melted chocolate. Pick up a marshmallow heart by the toothpick, and while holding it over the container of melted chocolate, drizzle tops and sides with chocolate in long strokes. Or, dip ½ of the heart into the chocolate. Or, frost the entire heart with chocolate (you can see examples in my photo). Since your first one may be a little messy, you’ll have to perform a taste test on it and eat it. 🙂 Immediately add sprinkles to the “good” ones, if desired. Or, let chocolate set and move on to dipping your next marshmallow.
Once you have the chocolate and sprinkles on all of your hearts, add decorative details with your Wilton “Sparkle Gel” decorative frosting. Add dots, mini hearts, squiggle lines, or short words like “love”. This special sparkle gel is very pretty but will remain a little sticky, so don’t put your fingers in it or stack your marshmallows as it may ruin your masterpiece and create another taste-test opportunity.
Make every one different. You want them to look unique and hand-made.
Once the chocolate sets (which happens in 10 minutes or less), gently remove each heart from the wax paper and remove the toothpick. Or, if you are crafty and have the time, turn that toothpick into Cupid’s arrow and leave it in the heart. Place on a beautiful platter in a single layer and cover loosely with plastic wrap. You may want to store them overnight in the fridge, but serve them at room temperature.
I think this recipe would work any time of year. During the Christmas and Winter months you can find snowman-shaped marshmallows. Any other time of year you can use large, campfire marshmallows and let the seasonal colors come through in your Sparkle Gel and sprinkles.
I welcome your thoughts & comments. Let me know how you like this recipe.