These healthier homemade marshmallow pops are easier than you think! They make adorable DIY Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors, and teachers, or just a fun holiday treat for your kids!
Did you catch those huge, pillowy marshmallows floating in hot chocolate last week??
They got as much attention as the drink itself. And rightfully so – they’re amazing!
But as soon as I made them, my mind started spinning with all sorts of ideas about how to dress them up a little for a stand-alone Christmas treat.
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Homemade Marshmallow Pops with Dark Chocolate, Almond, + Coconut
Since we’re entering the final week of school before Christmas break, I thought it’d be fun to dip some of those giant, corn syrup free marshmallows in melted dark chocolate chocolate as teacher gifts.
And once you put something on a stick and dip it in chocolate, you just have to add fun toppings. I used roasted almonds and unsweetened coconut, but chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips, or crushed candy canes (check out these organic, corn syrup free, dye free ones!) also sound great for the holidays!
Once the toppings set, place each marshmallow pop (stick pointing up!) in a clear plastic treat bag tied with Christmas ribbon. We actually set each pop on top of a cannister of Healthy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix then bagged them together. So cute!
What teacher wouldn’t want homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows instead of another gift card?
These marshmallow pops aren’t health food by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s the holidays, after all! And I do love that they are free of corn syrup and that the toppings are made from clean ingredients too.
And for holiday gifting, it’s extra nice when treats can taste amazing and be allergy friendly too. These homemade marshmallow pops are free of major allergens like egg, soy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, and dairy.
- 1 Batch homemade marshmallows I used this corn syrup-free recipe, and subbed arrowroot for the cornstarch - I used a 9x13" pan and trimmed all four edges before slicing so all sides of the cut marshmallows would be square. This yielded about 18 large marshmallows, plus trimmed edge pieces for snacking Oh darn 😉
- 1 bag Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips I only coated my marshmallows partway - increase to 2 bags of chocolate if you plan to coat the whole marshmallow
- 1 cup roasted almonds coarsely chopped
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- Whatever other toppings you like!
- Additional supplies: 18 cake pop sticks or paper straws
- Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl - heat for 20 second intervals, stirring between each until just a few chunks remain. Remove from microwave and continue stirring until all chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Spread cut marshmallows out on parchment paper. Place the bowl of melted chocolate next to the parchment.
- Place almonds and coconut in shallow bowls next to the melted chocolate to create an assembly line.
- Push a cake pop stick or paper straw down almost to the bottom of the marshmallow. (Optional trick for keeping marshmallows on the stick: Dip your stick/straw into the melted chocolate before inserting into the marshmallow)
- Carefully pick up your pop (I held it by the marshmallow with my straw pointing upward) and set it in the bowl of chocolate. Hold the stick/straw while tilting the bowl around to help the chocolate coat the sides of the marshmallow.
- Gently lift the pop (this time holding it by the stick/straw) and set it in the bowl of almonds. Once the bottom has a thick layer of almonds, transfer to the coconut bowl and use hands to sprinkle the coconut around the sides of the chocolate coated marshmallow.
- Transfer finished pop to a rimmed baking pan lined with parchment paper or waxed paper to set. Continue to add the pops to the pan as you finish them.
- Allow to set at room temperature for several hours or in the fridge for 30-60 min. Serve or pack into clear plastic gift sacks with the stick/straw pointing upward.