This quick and oh so easy little treat is a wonderful way to bring some Christmas cheer to friends and neighbors. Grace had a blast being the official "crushed candy cane roller lady". I
a bag of marshmallows
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of confectioner's sugar
box of crushed candy canes (I actually used a bag of peppermint candies) OR Nestle Tollhouse's white chocolate peppermint chips (with the chocolate chips in the baking section)
lollipop sticks (from the craft/cake decorating section at Walmart or your arts & crafts store)
clear treat bags (also from that section at Walmart)
Aww, my little Rose last year! Alice was still a belly bump, and Rose was an excitedly expectant big sis. Hopefully she'll someday forgive me for those short mama-chopped bangs. Is this a repeated issue in my life? :o)
Stir together the water and sugar until it forms a thin paste (the original article from BHG says to use about 3-4 tsp of water, but that wasn't getting the job done for me and it ended up being about 1/4 cup total).
Put candy canes into a plastic Ziploc bag and crush using a rolling pin (or let your husband hammer them like mine did :o). If you're using the white chocolate peppermint chips, you don't need to do a thing. Just don't eat 'em all.
Dip each marshmallow half-way into the sugar mixture, then roll it in a bowl of crushed candy canes to coat. Let dry on a baking sheet (doesn't take very long) and stick it with a lollipop stick. Package up all cute and purdy with some hot cocoa mixes and you're good to gulp!
Something new: Besides the white chocolate peppermint chips that I mentioned for the first time this year, I have another new idea to wow the choco-lovers in your life. Melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips in a double boiler (or a glass bowl atop 1-2 inches of boiling water in a pot). Insert sticks into marshmallows and dip into chocolate, roll in peppermints and set out to harden (or pop into fridge).