Monday, December 3, 2012

Hot Cocoa Dippers

Now that it's December we are in the full Christmas swing at our house.  One of the things we love to do this time of year is give out treats to our neighbors.  We plan and think about it for weeks trying to come up with something great to give (and we usually revert to what we did growing up, a candy wreath filled with delicious goodies--but hey it's fun to think about something else :).

I am always looking for something new to share with them.  I thought this idea was fantastic.  I had my children try them and they were in love.  They thought it was so fun to have something cute to stir into their chocolate, plus I love the little zing of flavor the mint gives it.
It will be so cute packaged in a clear bag with some dippers, hot chocolate, and tied with Christmas  string.  Perfect for a cold winter night.

These beauties can be made many different ways.  I used crushed candy canes, Andes mint chips, and red sugar flakes.  You can also use red sprinkles.  Feel free to use your imagination and experiment.  

Hot Cocoa Dippers

Large marshmallows
Drinking straws ( I got mine at Garnish)
Chocolate (I used chocolate candy melts)
Toppings: crushed candy canes, Andes mint chips, red sugar sprinkles, or red nonpareil sprinkles

1. Spread out wax paper on a flat surface.  Skewer marshmallows on straws, making sure to not go through the end. Melt chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl, according to package directions. Dip in marshmallows, leaving white tops exposed; lift sticks straight up, letting excess chocolate drip off. Add toppings and let cool completely on wax paper.  Package for your neighbors or make yourself some cocoa and add your dipper.  Enjoy!

Source:  idea from Good House Keeping
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