My husband loves to get peppermint candy canes for Christmas. He doesn’t usually eat them, but they’re the traditional type, and so he really wants them in the house. The only problem is that I’m not that fond of them, and neither are the kids. They’d rather have the various flavored candy canes. And so I have to find something to do with the peppermint ones. The first thing I decided to make with them this year was some chocolate dipped marshmallows with peppermint.
These are extremely easy to make. The marshmallow size doesn’t matter. I used giant ones because I had them on hand, but regular marshmallows would work fine too. Miniature marshmallows might be a bit tedious to use.
This would also work well with white chocolate. More of a peppermint in snow kind of look maybe as well. Personally, I like dark chocolate, so that’s where I went with this.
Unwrap the peppermint candy canes and place inside a ziploc bag. Crush them with a rolling pin or mallet. Don’t crush them too fine – you want small chunks, not just powder. Pour into a bowl.
Melt your chocolate and some coconut oil in the microwave, using 30 second increments. Stir between rounds until chocolate is smooth.
Dip one end of the marshmallows in the chocolate, then dip it into the crushed peppermint candy canes. I just did the tops and a little along the sides. You can dip the whole thing if you want, but I like the look of it this way.
Refrigerate for a half hour to an hour or until the chocolate has solidified.
The last few marshmallows probably won’t look as cute as the first ones, as you get more into the peppermint dust rather than the peppermint chunks. Don’t worry – they’ll still taste fine. If you’re going for presentation, give the ones that don’t look as good to the kids or eat them yourself. You know kids only care so much about how a treat looks, so long as it tastes good.
If you want to get a little extra fancy with the flavor, you can add some peppermint extract to the chocolate to intensify the whole peppermint flavor. This would make more of a peppermint bark on marshmallow kind of thing.
- 6 peppermint candy canes
- 10 oz chocolate chips white, milk or dark
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 bag large marshmallows (you won't use all of them)
Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
Unwrap peppermint candy canes and place in ziplock bag. Lightly crush with a rolling pin or mallet. Pour into bowl.
Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir between rounds until smooth.
Dip marshmallows in chocolate, then in crushed peppermint candy canes. Place peppermint side down on parchment paper.
Refrigerate until chocolate is solid.
It may help to let chocolate partially solidify before dipping the marshmallows in peppermint. Don't let it get too hard.