Liven up your hot chocolate with these festive Snowman Marshmallow Toppers. They are inexpensive and quick to make and so much more flavorful than store bought marshmallows. Whip up a bunch for your holiday parties or to give as gifts!
I was perusing Sur La Table sales recently. Basically dreaming of the fun things on their site. They had some really cute snowman marshmallow toppers but they were over $1 each.
One dollar for a marshmallow is a bit steep for me no matter how cute they are. And, marshmallows aren’t that hard to make. If you’ve made meringue, you’re halfway there. Marshmallows are a type of meringue. The difference is the sugar. In regular meringues, you beat in dry sugar. In marshmallows you make a hot sugar syrup, add gelatin and then mix that in.
I used a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste to give these strong vanilla flavor. It makes the snowman marshmallow toppers look a little brown at first but the brown color fades as they dry.
Marshmallow batter is sticky – really sticky. I spread a THICK layer of cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture on parchment paper to keep the toppers from sticking. When they were solid and not sticky, I dusted off the backs for storage. I put the left over dusting sugar back in a ziplock back for future use.
I used a large cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons) to portion out my toppers and I smoothed them down with a wet finger. You want the tops to still be sticky when you add the decorations so it’s best to work quickly. If the top dries out, wet your finger with a little water and rub the areas where you want the decorations to stick.
You can decorate these however you like. Kids could decorate their own. I tried a variety of materials – milk chocolate chips, eye candies, mini M&Ms, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips. The combination that gave me the cutest snowman marshmallow toppers was mini M&Ms for eyes and nose and mini-chocolate chips for the mouth.
My stove is cooking slow right now so it took a while for my sugar syrup to get to the right temperature. It took me about an hour to make these. A faster stove and a little more organization (I took a while to experiment with decorations) and you could have these in less time than that.
Wrap up some of these snowman marshmallow toppers with Joan’s Hot Chocolate Mix and you’ve got a wonderful, inexpensive gift in no time!
You can make this candy bar hot chocolate with left over candy from stuffing stockings.
Here’s another fun marshmallow recipe: